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Scenes from ESPN's 'College GameDay' from the Bison vs. SDSU rivalry game in Brookings

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ESPN College GameDay personalities Desmond Howard, Reece Davis, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit begin their broadcast on Saturday in Brookings, S.D. David Samson / The Forum

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.

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The show's big finish with picks on the Dakota Marker game, including personalities Pat McAfee and Lee Corso.

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Forum photographer David Samson captured the festive atmosphere from the event.

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NDSU fans Will Spaulding, Alannah Beck, James Stewart, Addie Long, Chris Nielsen and Randy Long display replica title trophies during ESPN College GameDay in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

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NDSU fan Quade Erickson, 6, from Moorhead holds a sign during ESPN College GameDay in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

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NDSU flags fly in the predawn hours for the ESPN College GameDay broadcast from Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

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NDSU fans watch the activities from the back of the crowd during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

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Lee Corso fires up the crowd while displaying helmets to hype the ESPN College GameDay broadcast in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

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Lee Corso holds up a South Dakota State sign as Kirk Herbstriet has a laugh during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

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NDSU mascot Thundar greets South Dakota State fans during ESPN College GameDay in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

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SDSU fans display their signs during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

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SDSU fans arrive before sunrise for the ESPN College GameDay broadcast in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

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SDSU fans arrive for the ESPN College GameDay broadcast in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday, Oct. 26. David Samson / The Forum

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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