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ESPN’s College GameDay is finally in Pullman

Best day ever!

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Well, it’s finally here: ESPN’s College GameDay is on campus in Pullman as our Washington State Cougars prepare for a visit from the Oregon Ducks. Today will provide tremendous exposure to the university and I can’t wait.

A week ago tonight was one of those “Where were you when?” moments for Coug fans. Where were you when you heard GameDay was coming to Pullman? I was on my couch, watching the USC Trojans and Colorado Buffaloes while watching my three-year-old niece, scrolling through Twitter because I had a weird feeling that, since a couple dominoes fell that day (mainly, Oregon beating UW), GameDay might come to Pullman.

Sure enough, I refreshed Twitter and there was Kirk Herbstreit telling the world GameDay was coming to Pullman. Yes!

I was so pumped I was shaking, telling the other authors on Slack that our day has come, and hurrying to post this to the site. Then the text messages went out. It was the best bye week ever.

This week has been incredibly exciting, and I can’t wait to wake up early and hang out in the dark with thousands of other Cougs waiting for the show to start.

Let’s go.

Oh yeah, there’s also a football game today.

Three bold predictions

Still haven’t hit on one of these!

  1. WSU will block a punt. Again.
  2. Tay Martin will catch 12 passes and four touchdowns.
  3. The game will go to two overtimes.

A guy can dream, can’t he?


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