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Published September 14, 2013, 12:01 PM

NDSU to host ESPN's College Game Day next Saturday

FARGO - North Dakota State University will be the central headquarters of college football next Saturday. The popular ESPN College Game Day pre-game show with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard will air its show from campus prior to NDSU hosting Delaware State.

By: Jeff Kolpack, INFORUM, Jeff Kolpack, INFORUM

FARGO - North Dakota State University will be the central headquarters of college football next Saturday. The popular ESPN College Game Day pre-game show with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard will air its show from campus prior to NDSU hosting Delaware State.

The network has been in contact with the NDSU athletic department all week and confirmed it on its show Saturday morning.

“It’s huge, probably the biggest thing that ever happened to Fargo and North Dakota State in terms of athletics,” said NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor. “We’ve had championships and those things, but in terms of recognition … the exposure will be phenomenal.”

The first three College Game Day shows this year aired from Clemson, Michigan and Texas A&M today, where the No. 6 Aggies host No. 1 Alabama.

Taylor said a pre-production crew from ESPN will fly to Fargo Sunday to look at logistics of where to construct the set. Background priorities include campus buildings or the stadium. Taylor said the tailgating parking lots, which normally open five hours before kickoff, may be opened earlier to accommodate the show.

“You kind of think in a fantasy it would be cool if Game Day ever came, but you never truly believe that they would,” Taylor said. “It’s such a stretch, but a lot of things lined up for us being there’s not a lot of big matchups next Saturday.”

GameDay has shown up on three non-FBS campuses in the past: FCS Florida A&M in 2008 and Penn in 2002, and Division III Williams in 2007.

The Bison, ranked No. 1 in FCS with all 26 first-place votes, host Delaware State at 2:30 p.m. The Bison opened 2013 with a road win over reigning Big 12 champion Kansas State.

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