Aug. 5, 2011
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The announcement wasn’t much of a surprise. But it was a big one nonetheless.
ESPN officially announced Friday that the network’s wildly popular GameDay show will be in Tallahassee for the Florida State vs. Oklahoma game on Sept. 17. It’s the first time that the show will air from Florida’s capitol city since 2003.
And in all honesty, where else would Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews and FSU-alum Lee Corso be?
Following Thursday’s announcement that the Seminoles will enter the season ranked No. 5 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll and the Sooners will do so at No. 1, the game will likely be a contest between two top-five teams and arguably the biggest non-conference tilt of the entire college football season.
If that doesn’t warrant an appearance by the GameDay crew, nothing does.
In an offseason of renewed excitement and hope, continuous good news and positive reviews, the FSU football program is spearing its way back into the national picture.
The presence of GameDay and the excitement that surrounds the broadcast further adds to that and is important not just for the program but for the university, the city of Tallahassee and its residents, FSU fans and the entire Atlantic Coast Conference.
The entire college football world won’t be waiting until 7:30 or 8 p.m. that evening when the game kicks off on ABC. Instead, fans will be tuning their televisions to Tallahassee at 9 a.m.
I encourage all Florida State fans to arrive at Doak Campbell Stadium as early as possible on the morning of the game so that you can claim your place within camera view. It is not yet known where the GameDay stage will be set up but wherever it is, be sure to wear your garnet and gold loud and proud.
The country is quickly realizing that Florida State football is back among the nation’s elite. Before the Seminoles take to the field and put an exclamation point on that statement against the Sooners, its on ‘Nole Nation to show that the fanbase is behind the resurgence — live on television.