For the second time in three weeks, Georgia football will have ESPN College GameDay in town, but this time they’re bringing their SEC counterpart with them.
SEC Nation and Marty and McGee will also be in town for the big matchup between the Dawgs and Wildcats.
When GameDay announced, there were people out on the interwebs that didn’t like the decision because they felt like their team’s game was a better matchup.
However, when you look at the schedule, there isn’t a matchup worthy of either group coming to their campus.
Some people thought the Cinncinati UCF game deserved the spot since the Bearcats are the first non-power-5 school to rank in the top five. While that accomplishment is great, and the Bearcats are tough, an unranked 3-2 UCF team doesn’t draw in the numbers.
Also, the Cincy game being at noon wouldn’t help them because they chose two straight noon games to be at, so they needed a change.
Before choosing the Cinncinati game, the GameDay crew would likely pick the Texas, Oklahoma State matchup. Both are in the top-25, but the Longhorns were on GameDay last week — automatically eliminating them.
Other than those two games, there wasn’t a matchup that should seem appealing to GameDay when there is a top-15 matchup in Athens where the newly ranked No.1 team will look to hold onto that ranking.
As for the SEC Nation, they were just in Kentucky for the Wildcats LSU game, but this matchup was just too attractive. There are more arguments than with GameDay in terms of having other games they could have chosen.
Among those games are the Tennessee Ole Miss matchup or the Auburn, Arkansas game. These two matchups will be fun ball games to watch, and they could have traveled there.
Tennessee is on a two-game win streak after embarrassing Missouri and blowing out South Carolina. After all this rebuild, they had a strong argument, not to mention the Vols are checkerboarding Neyland Stadium and gaining momentum.
Arkansas and Auburn are both coming off tough losses but are still two of the better teams in the league.
SEC Nation hasn’t been to Athens yet this season, so it makes sense that it is overdue to check on these Dawgs who are demoralizing teams each week.
Plus, it’s a top-15 SEC matchup between the last two undefeated teams in the conference. This game screams SEC Nation, and they would have gotten way too much hate choosing another game over this one.
GameDay will be back in Myers Quad while SEC Nation will set up in front of the Special Collections Library. Both have ideal locations because people can get to both with ease no matter where they tailgate.
With the Dawgs getting another GameDay appearance, who the guest picker will be should be interesting to see. After Harris English, whoever follows him will have a tough act to follow. So far, the guest pickers have been excellent, so I’m sure the crew will pick the right person — maybe a female this time?
Once again, the Dawgs will have quite the matchup against a foe looking to spoil their undefeated season. These stakes are what makes good television, which will mean better ratings.
Since neither network could get the game, might as well get ratings from the game by having the pregame show there.