Last season, ESPN's College GameDay visited Harrisonburg, Va., for Villanova–James Madison in Week 7. Could they pick another FCS game this year in Week 7?
Through the first six weeks of the 2018 season, ESPN's flagship program has visited six Power Five schools. It's the fourth straight season GameDay hasn't visited a Group of Five or FCS school in the first six weeks (they broadcasted from Times Square in Week 4 last year). Will they stick with a Power Five game in Week 7 or switch it up?
Here are the most likely destinations for College GameDay in Week 7, ranked.
LSU has hosted GameDay 11 times, most recently in 2016 when Alabama visited Baton Rouge, but they've only hosted once when Georgia was in town.
The game speaks for itself, but here's the problem: Is ESPN planning to be in Baton Route for Alabama-LSU in Week 10? Probably. That's why this game isn't the clear front-runner for GameDay in Week 7.
This was my Week 7 preseason pick, but two one-loss teams aren't as enticing as two undefeated teams — or even one undefeated team. However, Wisconsin and Michigan are still alive for the Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff (and should be a combined 9-2), and Michigan hasn't hosted GameDay since 2015.
Similarly to LSU, is ESPN eyeing Michigan's Week 10 home game vs. Penn State?
Everyone, including the HERO Sports FCS crew, believes the next FCS GameDay appearance will be in Fargo, which hosted in 2013 and 2014. The last two FCS games have gone to James Madison, who hosted in both 2015 and 2017.
However, the Bison are on the road in Week 7 (at Western Illinois), therefore might they consider Brookings, S.D., where South Dakota State, who lost to NDSU, 21-17, in Week 5, host Bo Pelini and Youngstown State?
It's a stretch but not out of the question.