College Gameday finally comes to Pullman

Ol’ Crimson returns home to make 216th straight appearance on ESPN show


DES MARKS | Daily Evergreen File

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JOHN SPELLMAN, Evergreen reporter

What many considered to be impossible will finally take place in Pullman for the first time ever. ESPN’s College Gameday will come to Pullman in anticipation of the matchup between the No. 25 Cougs and the No. 12 University of Oregon on Saturday.

College Gameday broke the news via its Twitter account in an announcement from one of their announcers Kirk Herbstreit.

“Looking at the drawing board for where College Gameday should go for week eight and there’s really no debate,” Herbstreit said in a video. “It has been a long time, the 15 year anniversary is this Saturday for that beautiful flag Ol’ Crimson, so there’s only one place for College Gameday to go … Oregon, Washington State, we will see you in Pullman.”

Going to the top matchup in college football each week, College Gameday has traveled all over the country previewing the college football games that weekend. However, the show will be making its first trip to the Palouse.

After the Oregon Ducks defeated the University of Washington Huskies in surprising fashion this past weekend, it sets up a huge matchup between the Cougs and the Ducks as they battle for control of the Pac-12 North division.

Some of the highlights of College Gameday are the creative signs from the fans, the surprise guest picker each week and of course the headgear that analyst Lee Corso will done to predict the winner choose of the game of the week.

Ol’ Crimson, the crimson flag with the WSU logo on it, has traveled across the country and been at every College Gameday set for 216 consecutive weeks dating back 15 years on Thursday. However, for the first time ever Ol’ Crimson will return home to Pullman.

The red carpet will be laid out for the Gameday crew as the production trucks will start to roll into Pullman on Wednesday in anticipation of Saturday.

The show will start at 6 a.m. Saturday and there will be a huge turnout for Gameday’s inaugural trip to Pullman.