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ESPN Comes To UH Campus

Robertson Stadium is sure to be packed this afternoon as the 11th ranked Houston Cougars take on SMU.  There is a chance to earn a major bowl bid, should they win their remaining games. The popular ESPN College GameDay show has been on the UH campus taping their nationally televised pregame show.


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The football game isn’t until 2:30PM Saturday, but Cougar fans are already getting in game day mode. In Cullen Circle, in the middle of campus ESPN has set up a big portable studio. Behind them students are encouraged to scream and yell when the show goes in and out of commercials.

Student Ryan Callard was so excited, he was throwing a football with his buddy.

“College game day coming to UH getting the exposure we need, that we should deserve, that we do deserve is just amazing.”

Just about everyone within view of the camera was wearing red. And to make sure of that the school passed out tshirts to both students and staff.

“Shirts are gone…”

You could hear some of the male students calling out to ESPN anchor reporter Erin Andrews. But Andrews isn’t the only GameDay staff member known for their good looks. UH alumnus Alicia Mersiovisky came specifically to see analyst Kirk Herbstreet.

“Have you seen him up close yet?”

“I went over on that side over there and tried to get some pictures.”

There were two people in the crowd who weren’t wearing red. In fact, they were wearing bright orange. It turns out they’re members of the Orange Bowl committee and if things work out, the Cougars could find themselves in Miami. This is Jeff Rubin:

“They haven’t had a chance to be in a BCS game I don’t think ever if I’m not mistaken and as a result of that the excitement of having them come down to a place like Miami and bring lots of people would be great, and that’s what it’s all about. We’re just talking about a team that comes in and hasn’t had a chance to be a part of that whole excitement and it’s also the team’s reward for doing so well this season.”

I asked Rubin who would have to win or lose for the Cougars to get an Orange Bowl bid. He says there are several complicated scenarios that would have to play out.

“You know it’s so hard to say, so at this point we’re just coming here as a part of the Orange Bowl committee to support the university, and to certainly show our presence that we are excited about potentially having them down in Miami.”

But to have any chance at going to Miami, the Cougars have to do one thing first — that’s keep winning.

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