All aboard: College GameDay going to East Lansing for Big Ten showdown with Ohio State at Michigan State

(L-R) Guest picker and Michigan State basetball alum Mateen Cleaves with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN College GameDay in East Lansing, Mich., on October 22, 2011. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Pack up the trucks and grab a sweater, College GameDay Built by the Home Depot is moving on out of Tallahassee, Fla., and heading to East Lansing, Mich., site of next Saturday’s Ohio State (4-0) vs. Michigan State (3-1) matchup (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). College GameDay, in its 26th year, will be making its fifth visit all-time to the Spartans’ campus, the most recent being October 22, 2011 when the school hosted then-No. 6 Wisconsin for a 37-31 upset victory.

College GameDay’s first visit to Michigan State was for the October 25, 1997 showdown against in-state and Big Ten rival Michigan, ranked No.5 at the time. The then-ranked No. 14 Spartans lost 23-7.

While Michigan State is 2-3 when GameDay visits, Lee Corso is 4-1 on his winner picks when in East Lansing. Needless to say, Spartans fans should keep fingers crossed Corso spends the week getting fitted for body armor and a helmet.

College GameDay will air live at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele.

Past results from GameDay visits to East Lansing:

10/22/11 – (16) Michigan State def. (6) Wisconsin, 37-31

11/9/05 – (5) Penn State def. Michigan State, 22-21

9/18/04 – Notre Dame def. Michigan State, 31-24

10/9/99 – (11) Michigan State def. (3) Michigan, 34-31

10/25/97 – (5) Michigan def. (14) Michigan State, 23-7

  • Bob

    So you went with the game between a team that is on probation and cannot go to a bowl game and a team that lost badly to Notre Dame. Picked over the Baylor-West Virginia game. With two Top 25 teams, a title contender in West Virginia, and their first Big 12 game. Texas A&M got gameday just because it was their first game in the SEC, why is this not extended out to Morgantown?

    Poor choice, clearly a pick based on brand and money and NOT on actual quality.

  • Rich Wiggins

    Welcome to East Lansing! Should a crisp Fall day with plenty of colors – the proverbial “perfect Fall day for football!”

  • dbinette03

    Any idea on where the crew is going for Week 6? (Crossing my fingers its UGA @ South Carolina in Columbia, SC)

    • David Scott

      Not sure yet, DBinette, but we’ll have the announcement here at Front Row when it’s confirmed – either Saturday night or Sunday. We’ll be sure to put in your vote for Columbia!!

  • Joe

    No Doubt it should be Columbia. It will be the biggest game of the year so far!

  • gwp1616

    Hope Gameday is at Notre Dame vs. Miami – The Rivalry continues