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ESPN Gameday headed to Gainesville

ESPN just announced within the hour it will host its College GameDay show from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium this coming Saturday, highlighting the Canes trip to the Swamp to face the fifth-ranked Gators. The show will be broadcast from the grass outside the North End Zone.

2408245235_d85c564193For Florida, its their 28th appearance on GameDay, which leads the nation. UF is 16-10 when they are
featured on the show and the first since at home since the Gators beat LSU in Oct. 2006. Miami has been involved in GameDay games 16 times, ranking 8th overall behind UF (28), Ohio State (22), FSU and Michigan (21), Notre Dame and Oklahoma (18), Tennessee (17) and ahead of Nebraska (15) and USC (14).

It's been awhile since UM was involved in a game of this magnitude and with this much hype. Coach Randy Shannon wasn't downplaying it when he spoke to the media on Friday. In fact, he even shared some of his fond memories from his previous trips to the Swamp.

All I know is, if UM pulls off the upset Saturday -- and that's an if about the size of Allen Bailey's biceps -- UM will gain huge respect in the eyes of the nation and it will put the program back to where it was before things headed south with Larry Coker. Saturday night is the biggest opportunity this program has had to be relevant and to really shine in three years.

> FYI, UM practiced this morning, but it was closed to the media.

> I hate to rip on the ACC anymore than it has already been ripped in the last 24 hours, but the losses by Clemson and Virginia Tech Saturday were flat out embarrassing. They are supposed to be the two best teams in the league this year. Clemson, which is supposed to have the best running tandem in college football, was held to 0 yards rushing. Tech, meanwhile, lost to an East Carolina team was just 8-5 last year. Maybe, the Hurricanes really do have a chance at contending for the conference title this year after all.