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College football Week 12 in the L.A. TV market: Sorry, USC and UCLA, but ESPN ‘GameDay’ wants to chill in Wisconsin

By in Press Enterprise on November 16, 2017

By Tom Hoffarth

Does USC, or UCLA, or a USC-UCLA rivalry matchup, need any extra validation?

Not outside L.A. But it’s nice to think others care.

Are their regular-season bowls of self-esteem half empty at this moment instead of half full of expectations for a worthy postseason bowl bid?


So everything else considered, would a visit by ESPN “College GameDay” have been pretty bitchin’ this Saturday morning, with everything else in place for the Saturday night game on national TV?


The sight of the sunrise reflecting onto the Coliseum flame always makes for a neat visual. But we’ll do our best not to throw all kinds of shade over ESPN decision makers about a “GameDay” snub.

The bottom line is the company decided USC-UCLA fit just fine into the 5 p.m. national attention window for ABC on Saturday, making it easier for the audience to find it, and placing some indication of its importance on a day otherwise filled with mid-November non-rivalry contests.

Still, making it a daylong South Central celebration could have been win-win for all involved.

“GameDay” instead picked Madison, Wisconsin, as its landing spot Saturday morning, starting at 6 a.m. PDT, to promote a game between the No. 5 Badgers (10-0) and newly anointed No. 24 Wolverines (8-2) that’ll be on Fox starting at 9 a.m. PDT.

Kinda cheesy if you ask us.

You ready, Madison?

You’ve got an undefeated season on the line, and we’re headed your way for Michigan vs. Wisconsin.

— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 12, 2017

Again, we’re not mad about courting Madison while spurning the Mad House on Exposition. It’s just that “GameDay” hasn’t been in L.A. since … let’s see here … flip that Wikipedia page over … It first arrived in 2004. But its last trip was four years ago?

That’s a lifetime on a college student’s growth […]    

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