ESPN surprised some college football fans with the decision to send College GameDay to Kalamazoo for this weekend’s game between Western Michigan and Buffalo.
College GameDay is featuring MACtion over a Big 12 matchup between Oklahoma and West Virginia, so some people were looking for answers. What lead ESPN to Western Michigan?
Well, aside from the Broncos being one of two unbeaten teams in the nation, Kirk Herbstreit says the decision was made as a “salute” to smaller schools.
Boulder & Morgantown both deserving-this is more of a tribute to the season that W.Michigan is having & a salute to the "smaller" schools. https://t.co/FCyhLWrYMC
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 15, 2016
It marks the first time since 2003 that College GameDay will be featuring some MACtion. The last time it happened was on Oct. 25, 2003, for a meeting between No. 12 Northern Illinois and No. 23 Bowling Green. Interestingly enough, in that game, Western Michigan head coach PJ Fleck was a wide receiver for Northern Illinois, which went on to lose.
Fleck will be hoping for a better outcome this time around.
Kickoff between No. 14 Western Michigan and Buffalo is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.