ESPN announced Sunday that College GameDay will originate Saturday from Oklahoma State's campus, where the No. 11 Cowboys will face No. 4 Baylor in a primetime matchup that will essentially serve as a Big 12 semifinal game.
Cowboy coach Mike Gundy emphasized the “marketing value,” or extended national exposure, the popular show will provide as OSU's campus and logo are on full display Friday and Saturday.
“It means a lot for our university,” Gundy said. “Players have worked hard and played well the last five or six weeks. The results are there, and it should be a lot of fun for everybody.”
But here's the crucial question. Does Gundy have a suggestion for OSU's celebrity picker?
Not so much.
“I didn't even know they had a celebrity picker,” Gundy said.
GUNDY: GROGAN'S KICK AT TEXAS HIS BEST ALL SEASON
True freshman kicker Ben Grogan has had his struggles this season, particularly in road environments.
He clanked a key 23-yard field goal off the upright at West Virginia. His 41-yard attempt at Texas Tech bounced off the upright and in.
But Grogan's 39-yard make at Texas went about as smoothly as possible. So smoothly that Gundy called it Grogan's best kick of the season.
“He hit that ball really well,” Gundy said. “The rotation was good … It could have been good from another 10 yards. And it was an important kick at that time. They had gone down the field and kicked a field goal and so we were able to come back and match their field goal.”
IF STEWART CAN'T PLAY, PUNT RETURNER TBD
Without Josh Stewart, fielding punts was an adventure for OSU again at Texas. David Glidden bobbled multiple balls before he was eventually replaced in that role by Charlie Moore.
If Stewart is unable to play against Baylor, who will head back to field that first punt?
“I'm not sure right now,” Gundy said. “We won't know that until later in the week.”