Kirk Herbstreit’s live college football analysis is likely the last thing that would entice TCU students to wake up at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day. But because of the Rose Parade starting just an hour later, it may be worth the morning struggle.
The College GameDay crew will broadcast the Frogs’ final game of the season with a live pre-game show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Since its inaugural road show in 1993, College GameDay has visited eight Rose Bowl match-ups.
This is the second time the show will be at a TCU game this season.
After the BCS Selection Show, the GameDay crew had differing opinions about the implications of the Rose Bowl match-up.
Herbstreit said the game would be a chance for the Horned Frogs to finally prove themselves.
“If TCU has a breakthrough and they knock off Wisconsin in that game, I think we’ll be talking about that, and it justifies this entire year and lends credibility to not only TCU, but others down the road at getting more of an opportunity,” he said.
Chris Fowler disagreed. He said he believed that win or lose, the game wouldn’t lead to much change in the public’s perception of TCU as a top football program.
“There have been a lot of teams over the years that just never know how they might have played and matched up in a championship format that would allow them,” he said. “It’s a great reward and it’s a great game, but it’s not leading to anything else.”
Kylie Osterloh is a junior political science major from Castle Rock, Colo.