So earlier today, ESPN College GameDay host Chris Fowler tweeted this:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Next Saturday <a href="https://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay">@CollegeGameDay</a> is headed off the grid. Not a traditional hotspot. We'll announce it Saturday. Any guesses?</p>— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) <a href="https://twitter.com/cbfowler/statuses/378239242499289088">September 12, 2013</a></blockquote>
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And then Brendan Prunty, of Tony Soprano's hometown newspaper, The Star-Ledger, posted this:
As Fowler said, the site for next Saturday's show will not be a "traditional hotspot." So that would immediately put next weekend's Rutgers-Arkansas tilt in play, one might assume. Rutgers has never hosted the show -- in fact, a Big East (now American Athletic) Conference school hasn't hosted the show since West Virginia in 2011 -- which could put it in the running. (Though Lee Corso famously donned the Scarlet Knight head for a College GameDay commercial in 2007.)
So here we are. I'm pretty sure the scientific method behind the 45% number is approximately the same as my Coaching Search Hot Boards from last season. Which is to say, well, I'm not a mathematician.
Personally, I don't know that I'd ever describe an SEC team visiting the New York City area as "off the grid," but who knows what Fowler's definition is.
If I was a betting man, and occasionally I might be, I'd bet GameDay goes to an FCS, D-II, or D-III school. Just a guess though.
I don't know how many Razorback fans are planning on being there, but it would be insanely cool for GameDay to broadcast from Times Square with lots Razorback fans in the background, mixed in with all the other NYC fans of various schools who all go to their designated bars to watch their teams later that day.
We'll find out for sure Saturday night.