For awhile, the thought was that if ESPN's "College GameDay" were to visit an FCS school, it would be the defending national champions James Madison. And then it was thought that Oct. 14 would be the most likely date against ranked Villanova. Sunday afternoon, it was finally confirmed that ESPN was taking its show to JMU.
But if things would have gone differently in Vermillion, South Dakota, on Saturday, Dukes fans would have been in for a big twist. Had No. 3 Youngstown State beaten No. 6 South Dakota, "College GameDay" producer Lee Fitting said the show would have gone to Youngstown on Oct. 14 when No. 2 North Dakota State came to town.
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No doubt. We were excited about it. If YSU wins, we are there.
— Lee Fitting (@leefitting) October 9, 2017
Instead, USD hit a 29-yard field goal with seven seconds left and the Coyotes won 31-28.
It would have been one heckuva swerve, especially since JMU fans were tweeting at Fitting and "GameDay" for a few weeks feeling confident the show was coming.
If the Penguins pulled off the win, though, ESPN would be highlighting what YSU President Jim Tressel and head coach Bo Pelini are doing for the football program along with reuniting with their first adopted FCS son, NDSU.