In what seems like a shocking piece of news, ESPN’s College GameDay is heading to the Army-Navy Game in Baltimore. The shocking part isn’t that, it’s this – this is the first time ever that GameDay is going to the Army-Navy Game. It’s also the first time that GameDay has broadcast from the state of Maryland, but given the state of the Terps’ football program right now, that’s more understandable.
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GameDay has never been to a Navy game in any location, but did broadcast from West Point for Army’s game with South Florida in 2003. The show will be broadcast from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, with ships and tanks serving as the backdrop. The show will also be aired from 9 to 11 AM as opposed to its traditional 10 AM to 12 PM. Army’s Corps of Cadets and Navy’s Brigade of Midshipmen will be serving as the audience for the broadcast.
I love when GameDay goes to new locations instead of trotting out the same schools over and over again. This year, GameDay has gone to Ole Miss and Mississippi State for the first time each, and ventured to North Dakota State and West Virginia for just the second time each. Of course, the usual suspects have been hosts this year -2014 hosts Florida State (twice this year), Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Oregon, and Michigan State have all hosted at least half a dozen times.
What frontiers are left for GameDay now that Army-Navy has been ticked off the list? Well, not a whole lot. Baylor’s never hosted GameDay, and Arizona, Arizona State, and TCU have only had Chris Fowler and company on campus once. If only the Arizona State-Arizona game in two weeks was on a Saturday and not a Friday – that would be a different choice over the Egg Bowl or Iron Bowl.