For the first time all season, “College GameDay” is taking on a West Coast flair. He is heading to Pasadena, California, for the match between No. 10 Oregon and the unranked UCLA.
This will be the first game that Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Co. advance the Pac-12 this season, and the first in four weeks that does not involve a team from the South.
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Saturday’s meeting between the Ducks and the Bruins is not without implications for the college football playoffs. Mario Cristobal’s team is the only ranked unit in the Pac-12 but, at 5-1 on the season, he can’t afford to lose another game if he wants a legitimate claim to compete for the national championship.
UCLA is an astonishing 5-2 on the season, though it does have a curious 40-37 loss to Fresno State after coming out of Week 3 bye. Still, quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson looks like one of the best quarterbacks out of the conference, throwing for 1,419 yards and 13 touchdowns to two interceptions on the year. He also has 329 yards and five more touchdowns on the ground.
Oregon hasn’t exactly lived up to its rankings recently, losing 31-24 to Stanford in overtime before taking a week off and then laying an egg Friday night against Cal. The Ducks needed a position on the line. last-second goal to prevent the Golden Bears from sending the game into overtime. To that end, look to Ducks defenders Kayvon Thibodeaux, Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell (81 combined tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and three forced fumbles) to make Thomspon-Robinson’s life miserable.
Here’s everything you need to know as “College GameDay” hits the Rose Bowl:
Where is the ‘College GameDay’ location for week 8?
- Location: Pasadena, California
- Match: No. 10 Oregon at UCLA
“GameDay” will make its 22nd appearance at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, though this will be only the second time the game is not involved with the Rose Bowl Game, the BCS championship or the college football playoff. The only regular-season visit for “GameDay” was in 1998, when No. 2 UCLA beat No. 11 Oregon 41-38 in overtime.
UCLA will make its ninth all-time appearance as one of the featured teams on “GameDay,” going 3-5 in its eight previous meetings. Oregon is considerably better represented in the show’s history, going 15-11 in 26 previous appearances. The Ducks also have a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over UCLA in the “GameDay” meetings, though both wins came in Eugene, Oregon. They are 0-1 against the Bruins in the Rose Bowl.
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‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN
- Television channel: ESPN
- Start time: 9 am ET
Davis, Herbstreit, Howard and Pollack will preview Week 8 action live from the Rose Bowl beginning at 9 am ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC, with the kick-off scheduled for 3:30 pm ET.
It’s almost certain that “GameDay” will choose between two meetings of the top ten teams of the big ten in week 9: No. 6 Michigan at No. 9 Michigan State, or No. 7 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State. Dark Horse locations include Jacksonville, Florida, for site-neutral play between No. 1 Georgia and Florida not ranked; and Auburn, Alabama, for the meeting ranked between No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 19 Auburn.
|Week||Match||Location||Guest selector||Corso helmet||Get out|
|Alcorn Status vs. NCCU||Atlanta||Eddie george||Braves||NICU 23, Alcorn State 14|
|1||No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 3 Clemson||Charlotte, NC||Kane brown||Bulldogs||Georgia 10, Clemson 3|
|2||No. 10 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State||Ames, Iowa||Ashton Kutcher||Hawkeyes||Iowa 27, Iowa State 17|
|3||No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State||University Park, Pennsylvania.||Saquon barkley||Nittany Lions||Penn State 28, Chestnut 20|
|4||No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Wisconsin||Chicago||Danica patrick||Fight the Irish||Notre Dame 41, Wisconsin 13|
|5||No. 8 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia||Athens, Ga.||Harris English||Bulldogs||Georgia 37, Arkansas 0|
|6||No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas||Dallas||Mark Cuban||Long horns||Oklahoma 55, Texas 48|
|7||No. 11 Kentucky at No. 2 Georgia||Athens, Ga.||Jeff Foxworthy||Bulldogs||Georgia 30, Kentucky 13|
|8||No. 10 Oregon at UCLA||Pasadena, California||TBD||TBD||TBD|
Who is the Guest Selector on ‘College GameDay’ for Week 8?
“GameDay” has yet to announce its selection of celebrity guests for Week 8.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.