You’d have thought the boys at ESPN’s “College GameDay” would make at least one more trip to L.A., following up on their excursion outside the Coliseum for the USC-Ohio State contest way back in early September. This Saturday’s USC-Notre Dame contest ain’t bad. It ain’t glamorous either, when you put it up next to …
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State?
Uh, Okie dokie.
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard found out late Sunday that’s where they’ll be eating cold turkey sandwiches, in Stillwater, Okla., outside of Boone Pickens Stadium, before the No. 3 Sooners, coming off their distruction of previous No. 2 (and now No. 7) Texas Tech, face the No. 12 Cowboys. Herbstreit sticks around to do the game that night at 5 p.m.
According to a post on AwfulAnnouncing.com, this could be the first time since 2003 that GameDay hasn’t setup at more than one USC game in a season. It could still make it out to the USC-UCLA game at the Rose Bowl next week (Dec. 6), but that’s pretty unlikely, since that day, Alabama probably links up with Florida in the SEC title game (which will be on CBS).
While ESPN2 hosts UCLA on Friday and ESPN has USC on Saturday, Versus has the game with all the Rose Bowl implications: Oregon at Oregon State at 4 p.m.
==Friday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN360.com: UCLA at Arizona State (with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone)
==Saturday, 5 p.m., ESPN: Notre Dame at No. 5 USC (10-1) (with Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
Here’s the rest of the week:
== 4 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN360.com: Western Michigan at No. 15 Ball State (11-0) (with Todd Harris and Ray Bentley
==4 p.m., ESPN Classic and ESPN360.com: Navy at Northern Illinois (with Eric Collins and Shaun King)
== 5 p.m., ESPN and ESPN360.com: Texas A&M at No. 2 Texas (10-1) (with Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer and Erin Andrews)
== 9 a.m., Channel 7: West Virginia at No. 25 Pittsburgh (7-3) (with Dave Lamont and Brock Huard)
==9:30 a.m., ESPNU: Ohio at Miami (Ohio) (with Dave Ryan and Jay Taylor)
==10 a.m., CBS College Sports: UTEP at East Carolina (with Tom Hart and Brian Jones)
==11:30 a.m., Channel 2 and CBSSports.com: LSU at Arkansas (with Don Criqui and Dan Fouts)
==12:30 p.m., Channel 7: Colorado at Nebraska (with Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham and Jack Arute)
==12:30 p.m., ESPN Classic and ESPN360.com: Bowling Green at Toledo (with Todd Harris and Shaun King)
==3 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN360.com: Fresno State at No. 9 Boise State (11-0) (with Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore)
==9 a.m., Channel 2 and CBSSports.com: No. 22 Georgia Tech (8-3) at No. 11 Georgia (9-2) (with Craig Bolerjack and Trev Alberts)
==9 a.m., ESPN and ESPN360.com: Virginia at Virginia Tech (with Dave Pasch, Andre Ware and Todd Harris)
==9 a.m., ESPN2 and ESPN360.com: South Carolina at Clemson (with Terry Gannon and David Norrie)
==9 a.m., ESPNU: NCAA Football Championship Subdivision: South Carolina State at Appalachian State (first round) (with Dave Armstrong and Larry Coker)
==9:30 a.m., FSN West: Kansas vs. No. 13 Missouri (9-2) in St. Louis (with Bill Land, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox)
==11 a.m., Channel 4: Bayou Classic: Grambling State vs. Southern in New Orleans (with Tom Hammond, Don McPherson, Charles Davis, Derrin Horton and Lewis Johnson hosting the telecast).
==12:30 p.m., Channel 7: No. 4 Florida (10-1) at No. 20 Florida State (8-3) (with Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire and Stacey Dales)
==12:30 p.m., Channel 2 and CBSSports.com: Auburn at No. 1 Alabama (11-0) (with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson)
==12:30 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN360.com: Maryland at No. 21 Boston College (8-3) (with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley
==12:30 p.m., ESPNU: North Carolina at Duke (with Doug Bell and Charles Arbuckle)
==12:30 p.m., Versus: Baylor at No. 7 Texas Tech (10-1) (with Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer and Craig Hummer)
==12:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: Houston at Rice (with Carter Blackburn and Aaron Taylor)
==3:30 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN360.com: Kentucky at Tennessee (with Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Erin Andrews)
==4 p.m., Versus: No. 23 Oregon (8-3) at No. 17 Oregon State (8-3) (with Tim Neverett, Glenn Parker and Anne Marie Anderson)
==4 p.m., ESPNU: Vanderbilt at Wake Forest (with Clay Matvick and David Diaz-Infante)
==5 p.m., Channel 7: No. 3 Oklahoma (10-1) at No. 12 Oklahoma State (9-2) (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters)