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OSU football notebook: ESPN's GameDay could be coming to Stillwater

Cowboy officials have been told to be ready, though ESPN gave no parameters on what needs to happen to make GameDay come to Stillwater for the fourth time.
by Berry Tramel and John Helsley Published: November 13, 2013
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OSU notebook: ESPN's GameDay Could Be Coming To Stillwater

OSU is on the short list to host ESPN's GameDay next week.

Cowboy officials have been told to be ready, though ESPN gave no parameters on what needs to happen to make GameDay come to Stillwater for the fourth time.

OSU plays at Texas on Saturday night. On Nov. 23, the Cowboys host Baylor. Texas and Baylor are the Big 12's lone unbeaten teams in conference play, with OSU right behind them at 5-1.

If the Cowboys beat Texas, the OSU-Baylor game will be for the Big 12 lead and a potential Big 12 title game.

GameDay is ESPN's college football pregame show, which originates from a game site, typically one of the top games of the day. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso are staples of the show, which often draws thousands off fans for the telecast during its 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. telecast each Saturday.

The set is also used on Fridays as a buildup to the game and on Saturday night in post-game wrapup shows.

A hint that ESPN was strongly considering Stillwater came when ABC picked OSU-Baylor for its 7 p.m. telecast window. Herbstreit typically is the game analyst on ABC's prime-time game, and it's always convenient when he calls a game at the site of GameDay.

The competition for OSU-Baylor on Nov. 23: Texas A&M at LSU, which will be televised by CBS; and Arizona State at UCLA. Neither has the national ramifications of OSU-Baylor.

OSU's previous GameDay hostings were all Bedlam games — 2004, 2008 and 2010.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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