College GameDay is coming to Waco

ESPN announced that College GameDay will be broadcast live from the banks of the Brazos River at McLane Stadium. This is the first time GameDay has ever been in Waco.

ESPN’s College GameDay announced that this Saturday, the show will be live on the banks of the Brazos River for its first ever appearance in Waco, a perfect close to the first year at McLane Stadium.

Regardless of any feelings about ESPN or its personalities, this is a huge deal for Baylor’s football program. The show is easily considered to be the most popular college football program on the air, and the game will receive plenty of national attention.

Perhaps even more impressively, ESPN picked this matchup over Alabama/Missouri, Ohio State/Wisconsin, Arizona/Oregon and Florida State/Georgia Tech, all conference championship games.

For the second year in a row, Baylor will have an opportunity to capture the conference championship on its home field in the last game of the season, this time against AP No. 9 Kansas State. Baylor won its first ever Big 12 title with a 30-10 win over Texas on Dec. 7 last year.

Next step? Win. College GameDay was also live at Baylor’s loss to Oklahoma State last season in Stillwater, Okla., which pushed Baylor out of the national championship picture. A win over another top 10 program in front of a national audience has a great chance of pushing the Bears into the first ever College Football Playoff.

Regardless of the committee, Baylor has a chance to be one of only two Power Five conference schools (along with Florida State) who have an opportunity to repeat as conference champs. The last time a team repeated as champions? 2008.

We’ll bring you more coverage here at Bears Illustrated as soon as we have it.

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