College Gamedy Is Heading To Austin This Week

Monday, September 14, 2009


For the second straight year, ESPN will be taking College Gameday to Austin, TX this weekend, for the Texas Tech-Texas game this Saturday. Via Scout.com....

For the second-straight year and third time in the last five years, ESPN's College GameDay will be on site Saturday in Austin for the annual grudge match between Texas Tech and the University of Texas.

The show, which features analysts Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, will begin at 9 a.m. (CT) and will air live from an undisclosed location on the University of Texas campus. For more information on the chosen location, visit www.texassports.com.

The Texas Tech-Texas game has kept the GameDay crew busy over the last few years as the show first broadcasted from the site of the game back in 2005 when Tech's Cody Hodges led a 6-0 team into Austin to face a 6-0 Texas squad led by Vince Young. The show made its first appearance in Lubbock last year for the matchup between No. 5 Texas Tech and No. 1 Texas.

Saturday's game between the Red Raiders and Longhorns will kickoff at 7 p.m. (CT) live on ABC from Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters will call the game for ABC.
I'm actually surprised that ESPN didn't pick Florida as the location, with Tennessee coming into Gainesville (or Nebraska @ VT), but Texas Tech-Texas is certainly a big enough rivalry now to fit the bill.

ESPN's College GameDay Headed To Austin (Scout: Raider Power)

8 Comments:

It's probably a good thing that they are heading to the Big 12 as that conference isn't looking to be as solid this season. Might be one of the few times that ESPN heads there.

GMoney said...
Sep 14, 2009, 10:51:00 AM  

Michael Crabtree wants to be the Gameday guest analyst, but I hear he's holding out until he can co-host SportsCenter from LA.

Sep 14, 2009, 11:15:00 AM  

Part of the reason they couldn't do GameDay at Blacksburg this week (or most weeks) is flight logistics. Remember, Kirk can't leave the set until noon Eastern and has to get to the press box by a 7PM Central. Unless they do a charter flight, his BEST commercial option would have been to take US Airways Roanoke to Austin via a 39 minute layover in Charlotte arriving at 6:16PM CT. That's cutting it a bit too close.

jamescola said...
Sep 14, 2009, 11:18:00 AM  

Also, Florida-Tennessee is being broadcast by CBS. ESPN doesn't often send Gameday to a location that they aren't covering the game.

walnuts said...
Sep 14, 2009, 11:26:00 AM  

Were I a betting man, I'd say that they're saving their trip to Gainsville for Tebow's last home game.

BF said...
Sep 14, 2009, 11:49:00 AM  

Ahhh yes....good point Walnuts.

Sep 14, 2009, 12:08:00 PM  

Also, Tennessee stinks this year. Okay, stinks is not the word.

Tennessee lows a steamy pile of chunks that Virginia Tech then asks to eat.

Both the above mentioned games are simply terrible.

The Tech-Texas games have gotten closer in the past eight years or so save for the VY-led beat down in Lubbock.

Plus, ESPN asked Texas to move the game.

How can anyone be surprised that ESPN would pass an opportunity to hype something ESPN is actively involved in?

Michael said...
Sep 14, 2009, 1:07:00 PM  

Why on earth would Gameday go to Tennessee-Florida? That game will be a blowout as Tennessee isn't any good. It doesn't matter that CBS is televising the game. College Gameday almost always goes to the best game of the day, regardless of who is broadcasting it. This early in the year, there is no real marquee game that stands out, thus they chose to go to Texas Tech-Texas.

Also flight logistics for Kirk have nothing to do with it. Kirk takes a charter flight and in November 2007 he flew all the way across the country from College Gameday in Eugene, Oregon to the Saturday night game at Boston College.

NJDevils015 said...
Sep 14, 2009, 9:42:00 PM  

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