KALAMAZOO, MICH. - Western Michigan has been rowing the boat since P.J. Fleck took over the Broncos in 2013 but now, ESPN is bringing their oars to Kalamazoo for "College GameDay": the premier college football pregame show.
"It's huge,” WMU senior Scott Miller said. "Western is one of two remaining undefeated teams in the entire college football setting, Division 1.”
Which is why ESPN’s pregame show is coming to campus.
"It’s one of the largest televised events for college football," Miller said.
Excitement is an understatement.
"The amount of people who like come to support the game like, I’ve never see the stands so packed," WMU sophomore Rachel Garritano said.
Students said they can already feel the anticipation in the air.
"It’s the first time it’s come to Western, the whole entire campus is really excited about it," Garritano said.
Miller adds: "We can start getting together about two to three hours before so we’re going to be out here early showing our spirit, being nice and cold. Of course tailgating, lots of tailgating."
But the students aren’t the only ones gearing up for game day. Sweetwater’s Donut Mill is making specialty donuts for the game.
"We love the Broncos," assistant manager Hope Partanen said. "I think the customers will be coming out in droves for that starting on Thursday night, Friday afternoon."
The anticipation isn’t just in Kalamazoo.
"This is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to Western and their football team," Miller said. "I have friends that are coming from Michigan State, Northern Michigan University up in the UP, kids are coming from Ann Arbor.
"People are missing their own team games just to come and experience this amazing ordeal that’s going on in Kalamazoo."
Now, there’s just one thing left to do.
"Row the boat!" Garritano said.
"College GameDay" airs 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday on ESPN.
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