“When we show up on your campus, people tend to look at it as a challenge: Here is our chance to show the country how good of fans we have, and really become a 48-hour infomercial as far as the exposure the university receives. It's been just incredible.”
Ratings actually are down slightly for the show this year, averaging a 1.6 as compared to a 1.7 in 2011.
“GameDay” will be making its seventh appearance in Norman and first since the 2008 Texas Tech-OU game.
Samantha Steele has replaced Erin Andrews, who left for Fox, as host of the 8 a.m. hour, working with analyst David Pollack. Host Chris Fowler is joined by Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard for the final two hours. Other contributors include Tom Rinaldi and Scott Van Pelt.
Herbstreit said a key to the show's success is that commentators work well together.
“We have authentic, genuine respect for each other,” he said. “There is no jealousy. We all have such enthusiasm and passion for the sport.”