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Your Guide To ESPN College GameDay This Weekend

This Saturday it’s time to #GetUp4GameDay as ESPN’s College GameDay comes to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game. We’ve compiled some helpful tips to help you get those 15 seconds of fame.

When And Where

College GameDay will set up camp at the Pan American Plaza in Indianapolis on 201 S. Capitol Street, a short walk from Lucas Oil Stadium. Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and the rest of the GameDay crew will be broadcasting live from 9 a.m. to noon. College Football Live will also air from the set on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

If you want to ensure that you’ll get your time to shine on camera or get your sign on TV behind the stage, you better get there early. ESPN has not released a time for the opening of the pit behind the stage, but it typically allows fans in around two hours before the show starts.

Creating The Perfect Sign

If you’ve ever watched College GameDay, you know you need the perfect sign. A few tips to keep in mind when creating your signs are:

  1. Nothing too political: Come on, we are all tired of the election and ESPN doesn’t care who you voted for.
  2. Nothing too vulgar: Keep it clean or the ESPN sign police will confiscate it, even though some inevitably slip through.
  3. No .com signs: We know you would love “” to be on your sign, but do ESPN a favor and leave it off. Feel free to tweet us your signs though.
  4. Keep it focused on Wisconsin: I know we all would love to make jabs at Ohio State and Michigan, but keep it focused on the game at hand.
  5. Be creative: We go to Penn State, make it a fun, crazy sign. Don’t go the obvious route with something like “Wisconsin Sucks.”
  6. No poles or sticks in the pit: Now, this only applies if you want to be in the pit. If you plan on being in the back, a stick or pole may help get your sign seen.

Penn State On GameDay

Penn State has been featured on College GameDay 14 times in the past, with its last appearance coming in 2010 at Ohio State. The Nittany Lions are 5-9 when GameDay is present. What is even more interesting is that Wisconsin has the same exact stats for GameDay — 14 appearances with a 5-9 record.

Lee Corso’s legendary headgear picks all started in Columbus with him going against the Nittany Lions in favor of No. 3 Ohio State back in 1996. Since then, Corso has donned the Nittany Lion head 3 times to the tune of a 2-1 record. Corso has also picked against Penn State ten times, good for an 8-2 record.


Start making those signs and show up early to show ESPN a sea of white as James Franklin asked for once again, and give ESPN a reason to come to Happy Valley next year. Also, be sure to tweet your best signs to us!

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Joe Pickard

Former Onward State staffer, now just a washed-up alum. Find him at the Gaff.

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