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GameDay will be broadcasting from a Big Ten school for the third time in the last four weeks and fifth time this season when they visit Madison for the Badgers' huge game vs. the Wolverines.
Location: University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisc.
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This is GameDay's second-straight season visiting Madison. They did so last October for the Badgers' overtime loss vs. Ohio State. It will be their seventh all-time visit and second when Michigan is in town. The Wolverines won the other GameDay meeting in Madison, 21-16, which was also the first time Madison ever hosted.
Wisconsin also appeared on GameDay last year for the Big Ten Championship, their 15th all-time appearance. The Badgers are just 5-10 in those 15 games, while Michigan is 15-12 in 27 appearances. The Wolverines last GameDay appearance came on Oct. 21 when they were obliterated by Penn State in State College.
Guest Picker Predictions
Ric Flair was the guest picker the last time GameDay was in Madison, and Aaron Rodgers joined the set for their Lambeau Field visit last September. Jerry Ferrara and Nathan Followill also made appearances in Madison in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
Who might ESPN invite to the set in Week 12? Here are a few possibilities.
With Jonathan Taylor putting up Ron Dayne-like freshman numbers, Dayne would be a perfectly appropriate guest picker. The 1999 Heisman Trophy winner racked up more than 7,000 career rushing yards in four seasons at Wisconsin and led the Badgers to 21 wins over his final two seasons (1998-99).
Andy North or Steve Stricker
Neither Andy North nor Steve Stricker attended Wisconsin but both are from the state and have homes in Madison.
North, a two-time U.S. Open champion and current ESPN analyst, and Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, aren't household names for everyone but they are both popular enough to warrant consideration.
Hey, why not?