November 11th, 2017 was a marvelous day for Canes fans everywhere. Not only did we shock the college football world by obliterating #3 ranked Notre Dame 41-8 on a national broadcast in primetime, but we started off the day as the host site for ESPN’s College Gameday. Our campus was a beautiful and intriguing backdrop, and the students and local fans did a great job of proving the the Miami Hurricane community is legit. ESPN should be jumping at the possibility of coming back to Coral Gables, and with 5 Saturday home games this upcoming season, there are plenty of opportunities. Let’s look at those 5 games based on their likelihood of bringing College Gameday to campus, and some possible storylines ESPN would love to latch on to:
Miami vs. Savannah State, September 8th
Likelihood of Happening: <1%
It would be very hard to push a cupcake game for a College Gameday site, especially against two teams with virtually no historical, geographical, or editorial storylines.
Miami vs. FIU, September 22nd
Likelihood of Happening: 5%
FIU was a respectable 8-5 last year, finishing 2nd in Conference USA behind Lane Kiffin and FAU. There would be plenty of geographical gold here with both teams located in Miami, and who can forget the bench-clearing brawl in 2006? (We should all want to forget that moment, actually) Still, not much of a national appeal here.
Miami vs. Pittsburgh, November 24th
Likelihood of Happening: 20%
The Canes close out the regular season against Pitt again this year, a thought that should make any Canes fan angry. Miami had just placed itself firmly in the playoff conversation, before beginning its season-ending 3-game skid in Pittsburgh last year. Lots of editorial fodder with this one, however this matchup would have to compete with lots of rivalry games to attract College Gameday, making it an unlikely choice.
Miami vs. Duke, November 3rd
Likelihood of Happening: 40%
Miami and Duke have had some solid game in recent years, including one of the most memorable plays of the 2015 season:
A late season ACC matchup with possible conference title game (if not playoff) implications could be enough to entice College Gameday to enjoy the beautiful MIami weather. Duke is not much of a college football brand, however, so the likelihood of this game being selected would be dictated by Duke’s success leading up to this game. A bounceback season from the Blue Devils could do the trick, but otherwise, it could lack the national appeal.
Miami vs. Florida State, October 6th
Likelihood of Happening: 75%
Geographical relevance: check. Editorial relevance: double check. National Appeal: check. It doesn’t get much better than Miami and Florida State, and Miami’s return to national prominence has only helped reignite the rivalry (not that it needed any fire). Florida State is coming off of a subpar season, it may be assumed that they will bounce back this season, but if the Noles fail to do so that could derail the College Gameday chances for this game. Still, this seems like our best shot.
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