The very popular ESPN program College Gameday announced they are going to Brookings, South Dakota this Saturday for the big game between top ranked North Dakota State and the #3 ranked South Dakota State.
College Gameday usually goes to the big rivalry games, or games involving matchups of top ranked teams in Division 1 football. For only the third time since College Gameday started in 1993, they are going to a FCS division rivalry. The other two times, were in 2013 and 2014 when the program was broadcast from Fargo for a Bison game.
For the first time ever … WE'RE COMING TO SOUTH DAKOTA STATE!
NDSU Bison 🆚 SDSU Jackrabbits 🐰
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 20, 2019
If you’ve never had a chance to see College Gameday, I’ll try to describe it for you. The College Gameday television hosts are setup outside the stadium or on campus, or in the case of the appearance in Fargo, they were right downtown. Then you add in thousands of students and fans, dressed in the school colors, cheering and carrying on as they jostle for screen time on camera behind the hosts. School mascots and cheerleaders are usually a part of the program, and fans in each town try to show up in huge numbers to outdo the other places that have been featured on College Gameday. It’s usually quite a spectacle. You can find previous broadcasts on Youtube, and if you search for College Gameday in Fargo, you’ll get a feel for what I’m talking about.
NDSU fans travel in big numbers, so this could really be an interesting show. I know there are quite a few Bison fans in the lakes area. If you think you want to be part of the fun, my maps app tells me it’s only 4 hours and 16 minutes to get to the campus of South Dakota State from Brainerd. However, if you want to get into the stadium to see the game, you’re either out of luck, or you will pay big bucks for tickets from scalpers, because they already announced the game is a sellout.
This brings up an interesting question. If the Gophers beat Maryland this Saturday, they will be 8-0. If Penn State beats Michigan State this weekend, they will be 8-0. If this were to happen, shouldn’t College Gameday come to Minneapolis when the Gophers host Penn State on November 9th? Just saying.