Before the announcement was made, nearly every college football fan in the nation knew that ESPN’s College GameDay would be in Knoxville this weekend for the matchup between the Tennessee Vols and the Florida Gators.
Why wouldn’t they be?
Both teams are ranked in the top 25. Tennessee, which is ranked No. 11, is knocking on the door of the top 10.
Sold out stadium. CBS SEC Game of the Week. A rabid Vols fanbase.
What more could GameDay want?
It was a no-brainer decision.
One national college football reporter, however, feels like ESPN missed a prime opportunity to take College GameDay to…Kansas?
I wish I was joking.
Action Network HQ’s Brett McMurphy, formerly of ESPN, chastised his former employer on Thursday by suggesting that College GameDay should be in Lawrence, KS on Saturday for the Jayhawks’ matchup against the Duke Blue Devils.
Both teams are undefeated.
I know folks love when GameDay goes to a new location — like Boone, NC last weekend for the Appalachian State/Troy game.
Look, I love those settings, too.
But nothing compares to the environment on an SEC campus — especially at Tennessee — when a couple of ranked teams get together.
College GameDay is all about bringing those insane environments to living rooms across the nation. And I’m sorry, the vibe at Kansas/Duke is not even going to be in the same stratosphere as the vibe in Knoxville on Saturday.
Brett is right — ESPN had one job.
And they nailed it, despite Brett’s complaining.
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