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Why College GameDay Hasn't Announced Its Week 10 Destination Yet

Lee Corso wearing an I Love New York T-Shirt while posing for a photo with Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler on a College GameDay episode.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: ESPN's College GameDay Analysts Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, pose for a photo during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Typically, we find out the location of a College GameDay episode the Saturday night of the previous week of college football. Sometimes, the announcement can be delayed until Sunday, but it usually doesn't take too long to find out where the show is heading for the following week.

We're almost through an entire NFL Sunday though, and still no call from ESPN. There are a few options that could be attractive for ESPN.

The biggest matchup of the week is probably Florida vs. Georgia in Jacksonville. The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party plays host to the No. 6 and No. 8 teams in the country, and will very likely decide the SEC East.

That would usually be an easy call, but there are some things going against the big SEC rivalry.

SECNation, the SEC Network equivalent of GameDay, is already heading to Jacksonville for the game. That doesn't mean GameDay can't or won't go there—both shows broadcast from the game just last year—but I'd imagine that isn't ideal for the ESPN family of networks.

ESPN also may want to get some other teams in the mix. The crew was already in Athens for Georgia vs. Notre Dame, Gainesville for Florida vs. Auburn, and Florida was the road team when it went to Baton Rouge for undefeated LSU's win over the Gators.

The other major option being floated: No. 15 SMU at No. 24 Memphis.

Kirk Herbstreit supported the idea already once last week.

According to Brad Carson of 929 ESPN in Memphis, those talks have happened, but as of now, there is no confirmation that GameDay will be in Grind City.

Memphis squeaked out a 42-41 win at Tulsa, while SMU beat Houston on the road 34-31. The Mustangs are one of the best stories of the season, and are in line for the Group of Five New Year's Six Bowl spot, while Memphis is one of the main contenders for it, along with Appalachian State and Boise State.

So why no call yet?

Carson says there's a logistical issue with where the show would shoot from. Coming from him, it sounds like that would be with Memphis.

That was backed up by Evan Barnes of The Commercial Appeal.

A game like Florida-Georgia makes for a good episode of College GameDay for sure, but there's something very special about a unique, new environment for the show. We've seen that a few times this season already, including yesterday with the trip to Brookings, S.D. for the Dakota Marker game between NDSU and SDSU. Memphis would definitely be in that vein.

Hopefully they can figure it out. Between SMU's leap forward this year, and the continued success of the Memphis program that was horrible for so long, but has become a Group of Five power, it would be a very cool sight for sure.