ESPN College GameDay visits East Lansing for UM-Michigan State game



The schedule is out, the rankings are set and the network broadcast has been announced. Not only that, but this year’s game is the first at East Lansing since the infamous pre-game skirmish in 2018.

What else could make the stakes in this year’s iteration of the Paul Bunyan – Governor of Michigan Trophy battle clearer ahead of the Michigan Wolverines’ No.6 visit to Spartan Stadium to face Michigan State No ° 7/8 Spartans? Well, if you think ESPN College GameDay is coming to town to air the network’s first pre-game show ahead of FOX Big Noon kicks off, then we’ve got some great news for you!

That’s right, for the first time since the Oregon Ducks visited No.7 on September 12, 2015, ESPN College GameDay will be back in East Lansing, Michigan. For this year’s appearance, the show will take place at Ralph Young Field. It airs on ESPN from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST.

This 2015 game with Oregon saw the Spartans emerge victorious in a thrilling 31-28 night game that featured the very first “Stripe The Stadium” theme for the crowd.

This visit was the last of ESPN’s first college football pre-game show on Saturday morning, although MSU continued to appear in a total of four games selected by College GameDay during the 2015 season. 2015 marked a program record for the Spartans which doubled the previous record set in 2013, and again in 2014, when MSU appeared twice in both seasons.

As for the rivalry of Michigan and Michigan State? This will only be the fourth time the rivalry in the state has hosted College GameDay. However, two of the previous matches were at East Lansing and two of the three were MSU wins as well. The other matches are below (winner in bold):

  • 1997: East Lansing, # 14 Michigan State 7 – No.4 Michigan 23
  • 1999: Lansing East, # 11 Michigan State 34 – No.3 Michigan 31
  • 2015: Ann Arbor, n ° 12 Michigan 23 – # 7 Michigan State 27

Overall, the Spartans will make the program’s 15th appearance on College GameDay on Saturday and the show’s ninth all-time visit to East Lansing. We will update the door information as soon as it is released.

FOX Big Noon kicks off in East Lansing too

For the first time since the show’s inception in 2019, FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff pre-game show will also air from East Lansing ahead of the game. Starting at 10 a.m. EST, the show will be broadcast live outside Spartan Stadium, near Student Gate B and the brand new Stem Teaching and Learning Center.


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