It’s been nearly three years since ESPN’s College GameDay has been to a Big 12 game that did not include the Oklahoma Sooners. Well, that’s all about to change this week, as the network announced it will be in Forth Worth, Texas when the TCU Horned Frogs host the West Virginia Mountaineers.
You ready, Fort Worth?
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 1, 2017
Just two weeks ago I wrote that the Big 12 got hosed when College GameDay decided to host its show in Times Square instead of Stillwater, Oklahoma for Oklahoma State vs. TCU.
The facts were as such: The last time that College GameDay visited a Big 12 school was Bedlam in 2015, meaning zero Big 12 schools were featured during the 2016 season. The last time they went to a Big 12 game not featuring Oklahoma was Kansas State at Baylor on December 6th, 2014.
Either someone at ESPN is an avid Heartland College Sports reader (then again, who isn’t?) or they just see a chance to throw the Big 12 a bone since there aren’t any other great games next weekend. LSU plays at Florida, which might produce a grand total of 11 points, including four safeties. Alabama will go on the road and demolish Texas A&M. Michigan hosts Michigan State. Not overly appealing.
There just wasn’t much out there. But regardless, we’ll give ESPN some credit here for bringing GameDay to Fort Worth. It’s a great town and this game will showcase two of the biggest personalities in the conference in Gary Patterson and Dana Holgorsen. With the Horned Frogs now finding themselves in the discussion for the College Football Playoff, it’s an exciting time in Fort Worth. But the Mountaineers have an explosive offense and it’ll also be an opportunity for Will Grier, who took college football by storm with the Florida Gators in 2015, to get himself back into the national spotlight.
Here’s the bad news for WVU. Take a look at TCU’s success when they are featured on College GameDay.
TCU is 5-0 when College GameDay is at their game. pic.twitter.com/55cANJjwQO
— CFB Talk (@FansOfCFB) October 1, 2017
But regardless, this will be a great opportunity for the conference to showcase itself amongst what will be several boring, slow and low-scoring games across college football on Columbus Day Weeekend.