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ESPN’s College Football Pregame Show, “College Gameday” will be airing live this weekend from Chestnut Hill, on the campus of Boston College, as they host Florida State. Gameday has been going on the road since 1993, when they traveled to South Bend for #1 Florida State and #2 Notre Dame. In 1994, they traveled for certain big games, but since 1995, they have set up shop on location each and every week. It will be BC’s second time in the featured match-up and both will have been as host. They hosted #8 Florida State in 2005 in the first ACC home game as the #16 team in the nation.
This week’s selection strikes me as curious with other big games to choose from: #4 LSU at #18 Georgia, #7 USC vs #24 California (though this was probably nixed after Cal was dismantled this weekend), and #8 Oklahoma at #17 Miami. ESPN typically avoids repeat visits to any specific site in a season, so they may have other games circled at some of these host sites later in the season. With BC (3-1, 1-1 ACC) and FSU (2-2, 0-1) each struggling, it just seems that they would have made another choice, not that BC will not be happy with the exposure.
The Eagles lost the 2005 contest 28-17 in a rain soaked night at Alumni Stadium and finished the season 9-3, capped off with a 27-21 bowl win over Boise State on their home turf. Florida State finished with an identical 5-3 mark in conference that season, but with the tiebreaker went on to the ACC Championship Game, which they won over Virginia Tech. They went on to lost to Penn State in the Orange Bowl, finished 8-5.
Bring your signs and watch Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit live and in person beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday!