ESPN's College Gameday Makes Its Way To ASU

Sept. 26, 2005

ASU-USC game attracts crew from ESPN for weekend

Jeff MetcalfeThe Arizona RepublicSept. 26, 2005 12:00 AM

ESPN College GameDay comes to Tempe on Saturday for the first time other than a Fiesta Bowl national championship.

College football's version of the Big Top will set up starting Wednesday at a location still to be determined at Arizona State. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso will report for ESPN News and SportsCenter on Friday. The College GameDay show previewing games around the nation will be live starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, five hours before kickoff of No. 1 Southern California at No. 14 ASU (ABC regional telecast).

'It's always GameDay's goal to be at the site of the most intriguing matchup of the week, and this certainly fits that bill,' said Michael Fountain, GameDay coordinating producer. 'It's obviously a chance to follow arguably the biggest story in college football, USC on their run for the record books. ASU is trying to make a statement of its own. We could have some type of Wild West shootout. It's going to be a great game.' advertisement

ASU coach Dirk Koetter is getting his first taste of GameDay, which last was here for the 2003 Fiesta Bowl and also broadcast before the 1996 and '99 Fiesta Bowls.

'I have no idea what it's like,' Koetter said. 'I know everybody is all fired up at other schools when they get it. It's a great opportunity for fans and students to show we have the kind of passion for college football they have in other parts of the country. I hope there's a great turnout (to watch and cheer Saturday) and they have a great time with it.'

Only 6,500 tickets remain for the USC game. The two-time defending national champion Trojans come in at 3-0 off a 45-13 win at Oregon in their Pac-10 opener.

ASU beat Oregon State 42-24 on Saturday, improving to 3-1, 1-0 in the Pac-10.

ASU and USC were 5-0 last year when the teams met in Los Angeles. The Trojans cruised 45-7.

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