College GameDay is headed to Texas to start the season. No, not to cover the Longhorn’s opener against Wyoming. Rather, Chris Fowler and company will be up Interstate 35 a ways in Arlington, Texas to cover what is, on paper at least, the marquee nonconference game of college football season.
Alabama and Michigan are set to open their seasons against each other at Cowboys’ Stadium on September 1st. The game will be televised at 7PM (CDT) on ABC with Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit on the call.
The entire GameDay crew of Fowler, Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, and Samantha Steele will be setting up shop in Arlington with coverage starting at 8AM local time on ESPNU before switching over to ESPN at 9AM for the final two hours. They’ll also be joined by Tom Rinaldi and Scott Van Pelt, as well.
Alabama is coming off its second BCS title in the past three seasons and will open the 2012 season ranked as the second best team in the country.
Michigan is also coming off a BCS bowl win after knocking off Virginia Tech 23-20 (OT) in the Sugar Bowl to cap an 11-2 season which was head coach Brady Hoke’s first season as Michigan’s head man. Michigan is ranked 8th in the USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The fact GameDay will be in town shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Michigan-Alabama tilt is hands down the best game of the opening weekend and has the potential to be one of the better games of the entire season.
The only other games in the opening weekend that could even be mentioned in the same breathe is Clemson’s trip to Auburn and Boise State’s game with Michigan State which will be played on Friday night. After that, the weekend should be filled with a whole slew of lopsided games as teams start to get prepped for the conference season.
The Wolverines and Crimson Tide will be more than enough, however, to make up what could be an otherwise uneventful day on the field. Alabama is currently listed as a 12.5 favorite over the Wolverines.