ESPN 'College GameDay' 2012: Why 'GameDay' Crew Gives Texas A&M the Edge

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2012

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; ESPN analyst Lee Corso (left) wears the Alabama mascot head as analyst Kirk Herbstreit (right) laughs on the set of ESPN College Gameday before the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Texas A&M will play its first game as a member of the SEC this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET against the Florida Gators and will have the ESPN College GameDay crew on its side.

Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and company will be on site at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, home of the Aggies, to provide college-football fans with coverage of Texas A&M's first crack at the SEC.

Texas A&M's athletic department made the announcement official via Twitter:

It's OFFICIAL! ESPN College Gameday is coming to Aggieland next week for the Texas A&M vs. Florida game!

— Texas A&M Athletics (@AggieAthletics) September 2, 2012


The Aggies' Week 1 matchup against Louisiana Tech was postponed due to hurricane Isaac, forcing them to wait another week to see the field while the rest of college football began its season.

The Aggies are currently a one-point favorite against the Gators (according to Bovada) and will use the energy provided by the 12th Man and the ESPN crew when facing Florida this Saturday.

It was a less-than-spectacular offensive performance by the Gators on September 1 when they defeated Bowling Green 27-14 at home, as the Gators led by just one touchdown at the half.

Running back Mike Gillislee got it done on the ground for Florida, rushing for 148 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns, both of which came in the first half, and was really the only offensive standout for the Gators.

With Texas A&M making its SEC debut, ESPN and the College GameDay crew couldn't have picked a better time to broadcast from the home of the Aggies.

After the Aggies didn't play in Week 1, there will be some rust in their game, but the overwhelming crowd that the ESPN broadcast carries each Saturday is sure to give Texas A&M a boost.

And if anyone is going to need that boost, it's going to be Aggies redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, who will be taking his first-ever college-football snap on Saturday.

It'll be important for Manziel to manage the game and limit turnovers. If he can do that, the 12th Man and the ESPN College GameDay army will take care of the rest.


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