Should Penn State Get Gameday in 2017?

By Matthew Filipovits on April 18, 2017 at 8:00 am
Nov 26, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; ESPN College Gameday hosts from left Desmond Howard and Rece Davis and Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit discuss the days matchups on their set outside Ohio Stadium before the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. Ohio State won the game 30-27 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY

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It's been a long eight years since ESPN's College Gameday last came to Happy Valley for a showdown with the Iowa Hawkeyes, which the Nittany Lions lost 21-10. The 2017 team will undoubtedly be in the national spotlight this upcoming season, so we took a dive into our seven home games to see which game has the best chance to bring Lee Corso and Co. back to Beaver Stadium.

  • Akron: Unless LeBron James decides to take advantage of his remaining NCAA eligibility, there isn't enough draw for Gameday to enjoy Penn State's turn at some #MACtion.
  • Pittsburgh: With the 2016 Big Ten title winning team already set to be honored before the game, there will be no shortage of festivities for the showdown with the Panthers. However, with several, bigger games occuring that same week, including Georgia-Notre Dame and Oregon-Nebraska, this game appears to be a longshot to snag a Gameday appearance. 
  • Georgia State: No.
  • Indiana: This game just doesn't have the big game appeal that Gameday demands.
  • Michigan: Undoubtedly the best chance for Penn State to host the gang would come during this week seven matchup with Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines. Both teams finished in the final AP Top Ten for the 2016 season, despite losses in both their bowl games. The probable Whiteout would be as great a time as any for Gameday to return, as both squads should be doing very well at this point of the season, and could both be undefeated. The biggest challengers for Gameday this week would be Alabama-Tennessee or Louisville-Florida State.
  • Rutgers: Like Indiana, this game doesn't have the appeal of other games during that Saturday.
  • Nebraska: Another game that could potentially happen, but probably not. This will be very dependent on each teams respective records but Gameday could choose another Big Ten matchup in Michigan-Wisconsin.

College Gameday has a real shot to finally come back to State College so start thinking of your signs now, for the first time in nearly a decade they may finally come in handy. 

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