BearsIllustrated Roundtable 12/4

With the biggest show on Saturday mornings coming to Baylor University and McLane Stadium, what is the impact of ESPN GameDay on the Bears Playoff chances and how big of a deal is it for Baylor?

How big of a deal is College GameDay coming to Waco, and will it impact the College Football Playoff Committee in any way?

Kevin Barrera - BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Recruiting Analyst

College Gameday is a huge deal. This will be the first time that it has come to the Baylor campus for Football and it couldn’t come at a better time in the football programs history. Baylor is a team on the rise, and having Gameday on campus only solidifies that. This will help with the National brand of the team, and also help in recruiting!

With regards to the CFP committee, I don’t think this will have a big affect. I wanted to think it did, but it won’t. The committee is caught up in too many other variables to take this type of thing in to account. It’s unfortunate because a great game, between two great teams, is being overshadowed unfairly.

Chase Medina - BearsIllustrated Contributor

College Gameday coming to Waco is a huge deal. Not only is it a type of national exposure we’ve never had before, but it also puts us on a stage for the biggest game we have ever had. Winning consecutive conference championships has only happened once in the history of the Big 12 and should not be overlooked. It’s exciting for the students, the alumni and the entire city of Waco. For the first time our beautiful campus and stadium will be on full display.

However, I don’t think it will affect the committee in any way. Even if all of the talking heads swing our way, I’m not sure that’s enough to sway opinion THIS YEAR. It could however change they way things are handled in the future. The only thing that will impact the committee is if Baylor goes out, plays Baylor football, and dominates the game.

Ryan Resch - BearsIllustrated Contributor

Short answer: A whole day devoted to Baylor University? There is no way Game Day can hurt us.

That said, as we all noticed today (Wednesday), and as Tim summarized nicely, the tide of the media is turning in favor of the Bears. If this type of support, coming from the most unlikely of places (Pat Forde and Jim Rome?!), continues on to the weekend, Game Day will have no choice but to address the issue, although they probably already will. I expect at least one of those talking heads will be tasked with the assignment of defending us, which will only be the cherry on top of the media blitz we have seen since the rankings were released. That coupled with hopefully a dominant performance, I believe, will be enough to propel us in.

Tim Watkins - BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Publisher

It i happening. It is all coming together. The biggest hype machine in the entire history of the known Universe is coming to Waco. When the ESPN juggernaut gets behind you, good things happen. They have the power to give and the power to take. With a dominant performance, the loudest voice in the argument (pretty much everyone's Uncle Larry. We all have an Uncle Larry, and if you don't, you are him) usually wins. College GameDay is a HUGE deal for Baylor University. With a chance for a 3-hour infomercial in front of McLane Stadium, and then all of the reaction emanating from the banks of the Brazos river for the whole day, the Bears have a chance to take a big step forward in the eyes of experts and hopefully the College Football Playoff Committee. A big game, or as Baylor is calling it the Big 12 Championship, became even bigger with the eyes of ESPN squarely focused on it. How can that hurt us with the committee...if we do our job? It can't.

Matt Wilson - BearsIllustrated Contributor

College GameDay is massive. We've been showcased heavily on the Fox networks, but if we're being honest, ESPN is a different ballgame.

Facilities are a great mouthpiece for a university. Heck, I've read more about Maryland football than I'd care to admit because of the massive new complex they're building.

Will GameDay impact the committee? Will wins impact the committee? Will head-to-head results impact the committee? Will Twitter impact the committee? Will common sense impact the committee? Will(spirals into space and silence)


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