Scenes from ESPN's 'College GameDay' from the Bison vs. SDSU rivalry game in Brookings
BROOKINGS, S.D. — ESPN's "College GameDay" took over the College Green plaza on the campus of South Dakota State on Saturday morning, preceding the Dakota Marker football game between North Dakota State and SDSU.
Brookings hosted the popular three-hour college football preview show for the first time, while Fargo has hosted the show twice, in 2013 and 2014. An estimated crowd of around 8,000 fans filled the area in front of and around the stage.
The No. 1-ranked Bison and No. 3-ranked Jackrabbits have been two of the top programs in NCAA Division I FCS in recent years. NDSU has won seven of the past eight FCS national championships.
Below are some of the scenes from the "College GameDay" festivities that wrapped up at 11 a.m.
#ESPNCollegeGameDay starts in Brookings. #NDSUBison #GoJacks #FCS pic.twitter.com/iwvD2X5UX6— Eric Peterson (@FargoBigE) October 26, 2019
#ESPNCollegeGameDay in Brookings. #NDSUBison #GoJacks #FCS pic.twitter.com/J9F0Cfi4Z9— Eric Peterson (@FargoBigE) October 26, 2019
#ESPNCollegeGameDay at Brookings. #NDSUBison #GoJacks #FCS pic.twitter.com/bFfcLBd820— Eric Peterson (@FargoBigE) October 26, 2019
Sweet Caroline at #ESPNCollegeGameDay in Brookings. #NDSUBison #GoJacks #FCS pic.twitter.com/MiZYoVOz9x— Eric Peterson (@FargoBigE) October 26, 2019
The show's big finish with picks on the Dakota Marker game, including personalities Pat McAfee and Lee Corso.
#ESPNCollegeGameDay with part of the picks for Dakota Marker game. #NDSUBison #GoJacks #FCS pic.twitter.com/FZtBJIHTVV— Eric Peterson (@FargoBigE) October 26, 2019
Never pick against family. #Corso #BisonFam #DakotaMarker pic.twitter.com/iYJUzxqrdN— NDSU Football (@NDSUfootball) October 26, 2019
Some of my video from this morning at College Gameday. Full report coming up on @WDAYnews. pic.twitter.com/XMorcEvrQH— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) October 26, 2019
Forum photographer David Samson captured the festive atmosphere from the event.
Great to have my guy @PatMcAfeeShow on @CollegeGameDay!! Always entertaining and spot on!! Hope to have him on again SOON! pic.twitter.com/1fa1y31hvc— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 26, 2019