For the first time in College GameDay history, the bus made it to Bozeman, Mont. And the crew receives a frosty welcome.
Cold weather is sweeping across the country, and Bozeman, a town in south-central Montana, is no exception, with temperatures poised to make Saturday the coldest episode in the show’s 35-year history.
MORE: More information on Bozeman’s ‘GameDay’ show
ESPN’s flagship college football program is in Montana to cover the Brawl of the Wild between Montana and the state of Montana. The game between Big Sky’s rivals will be played in Bozeman, home of the Montana State Bobcats.
Here’s the weather update ahead of College GameDay.
Bozeman, Mont., weather updates
(All times Easter)
Friday 18 Nov
4 p.m.: “College GameDay” begins each episode at 9 a.m. ET or 7 a.m. MT. As of Friday 4 p.m. ET (2 p.m. MT), The Weather Channel is predicting it will be 4 degrees Fahrenheit when the show begins Saturday, with a real feeling of minus 6 degrees. Over the course of the three-hour show, the forecast shows a high of 14 degrees by the end of the show, with a real feeling of 8.
3:16 p.m.: The show’s host Rece Davis confirmed it would be the coldest episode ever and said a group of fans were ready to camp out for the show.
We are ready for tomorrow @MSUBobcats_FB fans, are you?!@ReceDavis and the GameDay crew can’t wait to see you bright and early at Dyche Field! It can be chilly, but bring the heat on with your best signs! pic.twitter.com/JCkDmV24v0
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 18, 2022
1:04 p.m.: A College GameDay spokesperson told Extra Points’ Matt Brown that the show expects to encounter the coldest conditions on record. On Friday it was so cold that the equipment froze.
GameDay’s logistics spokesman tells me tomorrow will be the coldest college GameDay ever. Some of the gear needed to build the set today is even frozen.
– Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) November 18, 2022
Where is ‘College GameDay’ this week?
- Location: Bozeman, Mont.
- Time: 9 a.m. ET (7 a.m. local time)
- Match: Montana in the state of Montana
College GameDay makes its way north to the Brawl of the Wild in the state of Montana. It will mark the 12th time in the show’s history to go to an FCS campus — the second time in 2022 after visiting Jackson State vs. Southern — and the first time it’s to a Big Sky campus. game goes.
Why is College GameDay in Montana?
The matchup between Montana and Montana State is one of the most historic in college football.
Saturday sees the two teams meet for the 121st time, making it the 31st oldest rivalry in Division I football and the fourth oldest among FCS teams. Montana has the all-time advantage at 73-41-5 and won the matchup to win the Great Divide Trophy last year.
There was quite a bit of pressure to make this happen. Big Sky Commissioner Tom Wistrcill said in a press release that the conference promoted the show coming to a Big Sky campus.
Last year, an attempt was made to bring the show to Missoula, Montana when Montana hosted the game. It didn’t work out then, but a year later, “College GameDay” is in Bozeman for the rivalry game.
“College football fans across America will soon learn what everyone in Big Sky land has long known: The ‘Brawl of the Wild’ is truly one of the greatest rivalries in the game,” Wistrcill said in the statement. “On behalf of the Big Sky Conference, we extend a warm welcome to our partners from ESPN and their crew to beautiful Bozeman, in an always electric setting, where the annual Montana-Montana State game is played.”