clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

ESPN’s College GameDay to make stop in Kalamazoo

New, 4 comments

WMU gets a HUGE reward for being one of two undefeated teams left after an upset-filled weekend.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

No, you’re not hallucinating.

ESPN announced on Twitter Sunday morning that Western Michigan University will host College GameDay, one of the channel’s most beloved shows.

This would mark only the second time a Mid-American Conference school has ever hosted the three-hour long college football preview show, with the only other appearance being Oct. 25, 2003 for a game between Bowling Green and Northern Illinois. PJ Fleck, currently the coach for WMU, was a wide receiver on that 2003 NIU squad.

WMU finds itself one of two undefeated teams in the country after a spectacular and upset-filled week that saw three previously-undefeated teams drop key games.

Clemson lost to Pitt at home via game-winning field goal on Senior Night, Michigan couldn’t stop Iowa’s punter-fueled offense on the road, and Washington ran into a wall against surging USC. Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and North Carolina also lost this week, which will most likely result in a shakeup of the polls unseen in recent years.

WMU is in the best position of any Group of Five program to make it to a New Years 6 access bowl, currently ranked 21st in the College Football Playoff Committee Rankings. WMU also has the easiest path to a conference championship, as most other G5 schools in contention (Boise, Troy, Navy, SDSU, etc.) would all need help to win their conference.

WMU will be coming off of a BYE week for the game on Nov. 19 against Buffalo after a tougher-than-expected bout with Kent State on Election Night.

Soon after the announcement, WMU Athletics posted on Twitter that the game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. EST. ESPNU will carry the game nationwide.

Updates will be made available as soon as they come in.

Get hype, Kalamazoo. And the rest of MAC country too.