ESPN’s “College GameDay” was all set to bring its outdoor set to the Bay Area, in celebration of the USC-Cal contest this Saturday.
Then … well … it sobered up late Sunday after the tailgate party.
Especially after Cal forgot to put the nozzle back into the gas pump, pulled away from the station, and had a trail of combustable fluid behind them, going up in flames during a ridiculous loss at Oregon.
With a one-loss Trojans, coming off a less-than-impressive win over Washington State, facing a one-loss Bears, it wasn’t No. 3 vs. No. 5 as it could have been two weeks ago.
The repercussions came fast and furious on Monday AM.
Instead, ESPN goes to Chestnut Hill, Mass., prior to unranked Florida State’s game against unranked Boston College — a game that West Coast viewers won’t even see (because it’s up against UCLA-Stanford, and ESPN already has Penn State-Illinois locked into that window). Nor will the game that most of the nation sees in the prime-time spot — Oklahoma-Miami (with Musburger and Herbie) — go to the Western region, because of USC-Cal.
Kirk Herbstreit’s appearance Saturday AM in Boston, then flying south to Miami to call the game at night, is off the West Coast radar. Sorry, guy.
There is speculation that the reason ESPN has picked Boston is to do a story on Mark Herzlich, the star BC linebacker and 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year who was diagnosed with cancer this past March.
And if you’re looking for perhaps the hottest team in the country — Alabama — it’s stuck on the SEC Network (sponsored by … ABC? CBS?) against Kentucky. If you can find this game on your TV listings, let us know.
You interested in Arkansas-Pine Bluff this week? That, we can find.
The rest of the weekend:
== 12:30 p.m., Ch. 7: UCLA at Stanford (with Dave Lamont and David Norrie)
== 5 p.m., Ch. 7: USC at Cal (with Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham)
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: Hawaii at Louisiana Tech (with Rece Davis, Mark May and Lou Holtz)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPN: Colorado at West Virginia (with Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer and Erin Andrews
== 4:30 p.m., ESPNU: Alcorn State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (with Charlie Neal and Jay Walker)
== 5 p.m., CBS College Sports: Southern Miss at UAB (with Dave Ryan and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila)
== 5 p.m., ESPNU: Pittsburgh at Louisville (with Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore)
== 6 p.m., MNT: Utah State at BYU (with Bill Doleman, Blaine Fowler and Toby Christensen)
== 7 to 9 a.m., ESPN: “College GameDay” from Chestnut Hill, Ma., site of Florida State at Boston College (with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard).
== 9 a.m., ESPN: Wisconsin at Minnesota (with Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman and Bob Griese)
== 9 a.m., ESPN2: Arkansas State at Iowa (with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley)
== 9 a.m., ESPNU: Clemson at Maryland (with Clay Matvick and David Diaz-Infante)
== 9 a.m., CBS College Sports: East Carolina at Marshall (with Tom Hart and Aaron Taylor)
== 9 a.m., ESPN360.com: Virginia Tech at Duke (with Dave Weekley and Danny Kanell)
== 9 a.m., Big Ten Network: Michigan at Michigan State (with Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin and Charissa Thompson (or Northwestern at Purdue with Ari Wolfe and Anthony Herron)
== 10 a.m., ESPN360.com: Cincinnati at Miami, Ohio (with Jim Barbar and Robert Chmiel)
== 12:30 p.m., Ch. 2: LSU at Georgia (with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson)
== 12:30 p.m., Ch. 4: Washington at Notre Dame (with Tom Hammond and Pat Haden)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN PPV: Florida State at Boston College (with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Holly Rowe)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN: Penn State at Illinois (with Mike Patrick, Craig James and Heather Cox)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPNU: N.C. State at Wake Forest (with Todd Harris and Charles Arbuckle)
== 12:30 p.m., FSN West: New Mexico at Texas Tech (with Bill Land, Gary Reasons and Emily Jones)
== 12:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: Air Force at Navy (with Craig Bolerjack and Randy Cross)
== 4 p.m., Versus: Oregon State at Arizona State (with Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer and Lewis Johnson)
== 4 p.m., ESPNU: Mississippi at Vanderbilt (with Eric Collins, having no more Dodger games to do, and Brock Huard)
== 4 p.m., ESPN Classic: South Carolina State at South Carolina (with Bob Wischusen and Brian Griese)
== 4 p.m., Big Ten Network: Ohio State at Indiana (with Craig Coshun, Glen Mason and Rebecca Haarlow)
== 4:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: Tulsa at Rice (with Jason Knapp and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPN2: Texas A&M vs. Arkansas in Dallas (with Mark Jones and Bob Davie)
== 4:45 p.m., ESPN: Auburn at Tennessee (with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews)
== 5 p.m., MTN: SMU at TCU (with James Bates, Todd Christensen)
== 5 p.m., ESPN PPV: Oklahoma at Miami (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters)
== 7:30 p.m., ESPNU: Colorado State at Idaho (with Carter Blackburn and Jon Berger)