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OU football: ESPN crew has fun with Big 12

By Mel Bracht Modified: November 23, 2008 at 8:32 am •  Published: November 23, 2008
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photo - EOU / TEXAS TECH / COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME / PREPARE / PREPARATION: SPN College Game Day anchors Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit talk on the set at John Jacobson Track Field at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma,  on Friday November 21, 2008.      By Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman   ORG XMIT: KOD
EOU / TEXAS TECH / COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME / PREPARE / PREPARATION: SPN College Game Day anchors Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit talk on the set at John Jacobson Track Field at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, on Friday November 21, 2008. By Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
NORMAN — Dallas, Austin, Lubbock and Norman. Stillwater next week?

ESPN’s "College GameDay” has camped out in the Big 12 South much of the latter part of the season, and the crew of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit wouldn’t have it any other way.

"The epicenter of the sport has been the Big 12 South,” Fowler, a 1985 Colorado graduate, said while relaxing in the show’s bus after Saturday morning’s show from the John Jacobs Track. "You’ve never had a better quarterback year in any conference, ever. It’s been a lot of fun.”

"Offensively, this is the best conference in football,” Corso said before having his picture taken with groups of fans.

The showman

As a college football coach, Corso was known as a showman, using stunts to help promote his teams at Louisville, Indiana and Northern Illinois. "College GameDay” provides him another opportunity to hone those skills, particularly while making his headgear prediction.

Minutes after teasing the large throng of OU fans about the Sooners’ "average” defense, Corso donned a miniature Sooner Schooner and shot off a Rufnek rifle to signify he was picking the Sooners to defeat Texas Tech.

Herbstreit and Fowler cupped their ears and grimaced as Corso fired. A second rifle wouldn’t go off.

"Even if you prepare yourself,” Herbstreit said, "it’s really loud. You can feel it in your chest.”

In his 20th season with the show, Corso, 72, shows no signs of slowing down. He encouraged Bob Knight, a former Indiana and Texas Tech basketball coach, to move out of the studio and join the basketball version of "GameDay.”

"I would love to do this as long as I can,” Corso said.

The fans

Hours before the show, fans line up behind the stage, carrying homemade signs.

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