Big Red Recon: Unwinding a Wild Week for the Huskers
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ESPN’s College GameDay Officially has a Home Outside East Stadium

September 23, 2019

Preparations for ESPN’s College GameDay coming to Lincoln are well underway, and now we know where the show will actually take place. 

That’s the east side of Memorial Stadium. GameDay will set up in the parking lot in front of The Coliseum, the former home of the Husker volleyball team. The recently renovated face of East Stadium will serve as the backdrop for Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and the famous Saturday morning show.

There are still a massive amount of logistics to work through — most importantly for fans, who will be the celebrity guest picker — but Nebraska is finalizing details on when the area will open, who will be allowed in the pit around the stage and what the parking will look like. 

The Huskers’ game against No. 5 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), the reason all this hoopla is happening, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC. GameDay goes live on ESPN at 8 a.m. CT and runs until 11 a.m. CT.

“This is special,” head coach Scott Frost said Monday morning about the coming week. “Regardless of how this game goes, this is a special time for Nebraska. There are some big things coming this week. GameDay hasn’t been here in 12 years. This is a good opportunity to highlight our program, the direction the program is going, the improvement we have made, the path that we are on. Its going to be great to get national attention here in Lincoln.

“If we weren’t improving and getting better and going in a really good direction that was obvious to a lot of people, we wouldn’t have those guys on ESPN coming to town. This is special. 

Nebraska has hosted College GameDay six times in program history, with the most recent coming in 2007. The then-No. 14 Huskers faced the then-No. 1 USC Trojans on Sept. 15, 2007. Nebraska fell 49–31 in Bill Callahan’s final season as the Huskers’ head coach.

As for all-time appearances (meaning Nebraska hosts or is part of the matchup featured), the Huskers have made 16 total appearances on the show. The most recent came in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2011. It was Nebraska’s first season in the Big Ten and the Huskers were ranked No. 8. Wisconsin was No. 7. The Badgers won, 48–17.

Nebraska has won nine of its 16 matchups featured as the primary game on College GameDay. The Huskers will try to make that 10 against Ohio State on Saturday.

Hail Varsity will continue to provide updates on GameDay details as they become available.

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