ESPN College GameDay hasn't visited a Mountain West school since 2010. Could it happen with an outside-the-box game in Week 9?
Through eight weeks of the college football season, ESPN will have visited four different conferences (plus one independent, Notre Dame). If they're looking to add another conference to the 2018 schedule, the Mountain West might be the best candidate for Week 9.
Here are four options for College GameDay in Week 9.
Florida and Georgia (in Jacksonville) would've been a lock GameDay in Week 9 (or Georgia in Week 11 vs. Auburn) had Georgia beat LSU in Week 7. It's the still the favorite to host on Oct. 27, but thanks to the Bulldogs' loss in Baton Rouge, this game has lost some luster.
Let's go outside the box.
Neither New Mexico nor Utah State have hosted or appeared on GameDay, a Group of Five school hasn't hosted since Western Michigan in 2016 (with the exception of neutral-site Army–Navy games), and the Mountain West race is developing into a beauty.
If the Aggies take care of business at Wyoming in Week 8 (it wouldn't hurt if New Mexico upsets Fresno State), this could be a big game and a different one for ESPN. Don't bet on it, but don't entirely discount the possibility of a trip to Logan, Utah.
GameDay passed on Ames during Iowa State's breakout 2017 season. Might they head there in Week 9?
After a few early losses, the Cyclones reintroduced themselves as one of college football's rising programs with an emphatic win over West Virginia in Week 7 and showed why Jack Trice Stadium is one of the most underrated venues in sports.
This isn't the juiciest matchup but it's good enough for ESPN to consider visiting Ames for the first time ever.
This feels like the type of good-not-great SEC game ESPN has picked several times over the years.
If Mississippi State beats LSU in Baton Rouge in Week 8, they're an attractive option in Week 9. Starkville has hosted GameDay only once before (2014).