ESPN’s College GameDay announced 30 minutes ago after a looooong wait, that the iconic pregame television show will be spending the weekend in Memphis, Tennessee, as the No. 24 Memphis Tigers will host the No. 15 SMU Mustangs.
With SMU and Memphis each in the hunt for the coveted New Year’s Six bid, the matchup on Saturday night will have a lot at stake as the winner will be in the driver’s seat to win the AAC West division.
Hey Memphis ... THE WAIT IS OVER! WE'RE COMING TO YOUR CITY!@SMU_Football vs. @MemphisFB. See you Saturday!— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 28, 2019
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The game was selected for the prime-time 7:30 PM ET window a couple of weeks ago, causing speculation that College Gameday just might be headed to Beale Street. A couple of more bread crumbs were left by Chris Fowler via Instagram.
Interesting. Chris Fowler just posted this on his Instagram. pic.twitter.com/wUuurlpuWJ— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) October 25, 2019
It looked a little bit dicey before we got here. Memphis was taken to the wire by Tulsa and needed a missed game-winning field goal to stave off an upset.
"HE PULLS IT"@memphisFB survive and WIN! pic.twitter.com/jnVDXD6SAA— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) October 27, 2019
SMU on the other hand was pushed to the brink by rival Houston on Thursday night but survived with a 34-31 win.
We battled. We won. We returned home undefeated. #HoustonBeat | #PonyUpDallas pic.twitter.com/TaYeQ5s7uJ— SMU FootbaII (@SMU_Football) October 25, 2019
Memphis will host College Gameday for the first time in school history. SMU will be apart of College Gameday for the second time in school history (SMU-Houston in 2011). An AAC school will host Gameday for the second straight season (UCF hosted it last year in their matchup versus Cincinnati). Memphis joins Temple, Houston, and UCF as the only AAC schools to be selected to host the show.