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Week 4, ESPN’s GameDay show headed to… Fargo?

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You want to know how negative the perception is of the quality of games scheduled to be played in Week 4?  Here’s your sign.

Saturday morning, ESPN‘s wildly popular College GameDay show announced Chris, Corso, Desmond, Herbie et al will be headed to Fargo, North Dakota, next Saturday and will be on campus for the Delaware State-North Dakota State game.  That’s right, GameDay will originate from the grounds of an FCS football program.

This will mark the first time since 2008 (Florida A&M) that GameDay will originate from a non-FBS campus.

This is no slight to either school — NDSU is the unanimous No. 1 team in FCS football and knocked off Kansas State in the opener — but what does going to Fargo say about how far the Tennessee-Florida rivalry has fallen in the national consciousness?

In addition to the UT-UF game in Week 4, ESPN passed over, among others, Michigan State-Notre Dame and Arizona State-Stanford.

Now that I think about it, helluva selection, WWL.  Give “the little guys” their due, especially a program like North Dakota State that impressed Bill Snyder enough he penned a letter to a Bison player congratulating him on the upset.

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16 Responses to “Week 4, ESPN’s GameDay show headed to… Fargo?”
  1. Deb says: Sep 14, 2013 12:24 PM

    I think I’m gonna barf.

  2. Deb says: Sep 14, 2013 12:46 PM

    Aw … guess I’m the only “Fargo” fan LOL

  3. soundsofsuccess7 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:05 PM

    That’s kinda cool actually. Might not have as many viewers but I like that sEcSPN is changing it up.

  4. drillbitz2 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:23 PM

    This is a great opportunity to show off NDSU Football!! This is a great program that supports the team everywhere and anywhere!!! I hope you enjoy yourself Deb!

  5. uh1973 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:34 PM

    That is great that ESPN is going to Fargo. I’d much rather see what impact that has on a place like NDSU and how excited the students and townspeople are for this to happen. Who gives a rat’s behind about having the boys go to Gainesville or Knoxville. College football is played on three levels, not just SEC, Big 10 or ACC for instance. People in places like Fargo get as excited for a game just like they do in Ann Arbor or Eugene; maybe even more so. I just wish they did more often and gave others a chance to experience College Gameday. Thanks, ESPN.

  6. bronzestarusmc says: Sep 14, 2013 1:34 PM

    Not really a prime location for anything!

  7. dkhhuey says: Sep 14, 2013 1:46 PM

    I think that is awesome! Looking forward to seeing how crazy it gets in Fargo!

  8. drillbitz2 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:47 PM

    Why don’t you come to Fargo next weekend bronzestarusmc and I will guarantee it will be a great CFB experience. Back to Back champs looking for another trip to Frisco!

  9. Deb says: Sep 14, 2013 1:50 PM

    @drillbitz2 …

    The Dakotas top my list of places I most want to visit. Looking forward to seeing Gameday in Fargo. Think it’s great they’re making the trip!

  10. Deb says: Sep 14, 2013 1:56 PM

    And for those who haven’t seen the movie “Fargo” … the classic “think I’m gonna barf” scene:

  11. overratedgators says: Sep 14, 2013 2:11 PM

    Maybe the World Wide Leader is finally waking up to the reality that the “top to bottom” superiority of the SEC ha always been a myth, and that they are, in reality, a three team league at best.

  12. ajonesmc931 says: Sep 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    should have been auburn lsu

  13. whitdog23 says: Sep 14, 2013 3:16 PM

    must be closer to where Herb has to go for the sat. night broadcast

  14. 1twinsfan says: Sep 14, 2013 3:51 PM

    Oh boy! I cant wait to watch this. Two of my kids went to NDSU. Great school. Saturday…Saturday the 21st…aren’t I doing something? Oh great, one of those alums is getting married on the 21st. Guess this means Thundar can’t attend the wedding.

  15. soobster says: Sep 16, 2013 12:22 PM

    Looks like that Fox Sports 1 channel will finally top Gameday for 1 Saturday.

  16. crisper57 says: Sep 17, 2013 3:22 PM

    Stanford and ASU is the only meeting for 2 Top-25 teams. I figured Gameday would head to Palo Alto.

    Glad to see small schools getting some love.

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