There’s plenty of stuff going on in the sports world like the MLB Playoffs, concussion inducing hits in the NFL (James Harrison is an idiot), and Rick Rypien’s moment of craziness, but really all I can think about is Saturday. That’s when the College Gameday Crew will descend on Columbia, Missouri for the first time ever. It won’t be the first time they’ve featured a Mizzou game on their show, but it was always a neutral site or an away game. This time, they’ll set up the stage in front of The Columns at Jesse Hall during the 99th Homecoming at the place where the Homecoming tradition began. Apparently the Quad holds up to 24,000 people and school administrators are expecting 15,000-20,000 people. The record crowd for a College GameDay is 15,808 at a Nebraska Cornhuskers game.
Now, this may be old hat for places like Ohio State and Alabama, but most people are like me and have never been a part of something like this. That’s why my wife and I are packing up and heading to Columbia tomorrow after work. They aren’t letting people camp out on the Quad but they are opening it at 3:30 AM. We wouldn’t have camped out anyway since we’re way too old for all that nonsense now, but we’re going to try and get a spot in the back around 8:30 or 9. As of right now we don’t have a sign, but if we decide on one, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Word on the street is that Jon Hamm will be the the “guest picker” on the GameDay set, which will be fun. I don’t watch Mad Men, but I considered it because Jon Hamm went to Mizzou. Maybe one day.
WordPress has decided not to let me put up pictures in any posts anymore, otherwise I’d come home with lots of them. Between GameDay, the Homecoming parade, and you know, the actual game…there will be plenty photo opportunities.
Now about that actual game. Mizzou is #11 in the first BCS poll while Oklahoma sits at #1. It will be a night game Gold Rush at Faurot Field. There will be over 71,000 rabid fans all pulling for the Tigers (I realize there will be some OU fans, but they don’t count). This is the best chance as the Tigers have had to knock off the Sooners in recent memory (read: my lifetime) and I really think it might happen. I won’t go as far as to say it will happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it does. Things are a little backward for my Tigers this year as the offense is kind of pedestrian and the defense is outstanding. This will clearly be the toughest test for them and we’ll really see how good they are.