KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — ESPN brought a national spotlight to Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University Saturday.
College GameDay, ESPN’s college football pregame show, broadcasted live at WMU from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ahead of the Broncos’ matchup against Buffalo. The visit marks ESPN’s first such trip to a MAC school since 2003.
Hundreds of WMU fans and students waited in Sangren Plaza – some since Friday night – for the opportunity to claim a spot in “The Pit” behind the College GameDay set.
“It’s electric. People all over the community are here,” WMU fan Sam Nelson told 24 Hour News 8.
When the cameras started rolling, the snowflakes started to fly. But a little winter weather didn’t stop the diehard fans from “Rowing the Boat” with the ESPN crew.
“I mean, look at this — it’s a blizzard. Everyone is here at 8 in the morning. It’s great,” Nelson added.
“I drove from the metro-Detroit area. So I’m pretty pumped they are doing well. I wish they were doing it when I was here, but either way — we are excited about it,” said WMU alum Andrew Davy.
Head coach P.J. Fleck braved the cold as well to talk about his big-time team on the big-time stage. Former WMU star and Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings made his return to campus as the celebrity guest picker.
It’s a well-deserved day in the spotlight for a stellar team, a proud university and the city of Kalamazoo.
“We like to always say ‘it’s a great day to be a Bronco’ – but this is really a special day to be a Bronco, and I’m very proud of our university,” WMU President Dr. John Dunn told 24 Hour News 8.
The Broncos shut out the Buffalo Bulls 38-0. The team is now 11-0 on the season, one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the FBS. They are ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.