ESPN’s College GameDay will be heading to a unique location next Saturday: Brookings, South Dakota.
The iconic show has never been to Brookings before, but the reason for the trip is a good one. Saturday is the annual Dakota Marker game between North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
Rece Davis handled the location announcement moments ago on Twitter.
“While we love going to places that we return to again and again, I don’t know if anything quite gives me the same type of adrenaline rush like going to a new game,” Davis said. “This is a huge rivalry game. We can’t wait to experience it with you.”
— Rece Davis (@ReceDavis) October 20, 2019
While choosing to showcase two FCS schools, even ones that are powerhouses like the Jackrabbits and the Bison, might seem odd, it makes sense when you look at the rest of the slate.
If Wisconsin had beaten Illinois, maybe GameDay would have gone to Columbus for their showdown against Ohio State. However, you have to figure the show will be at OSU in November when the Buckeyes host Penn State.
Auburn at LSU? GameDay was just in Death Valley for the LSU-Florida game. It doesn’t make sense to go to Ann Arbor for Michigan-Notre Dame, because that matchup lost some of its luster with the Wolverines suffering a second loss.
College football is a tremendous regional sport, and for its 150th anniversary, kudos to ESPN for heading into some uncharted territory.