CMU student petitions ESPN to bring show to town

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush (10) and tight end Tyler Conklin (83) celebrate after beating Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Sure, it's a stretch.

But, as they say, it doesn't hurt to ask.

A Central Michigan student has started a petition on asking ESPN to bring its Saturday football show, "College GameDay," to Mount Pleasant for the big rivalry game with Western Michigan on Oct. 1.

Joshua Scramlin wrote on the petition:

"This game is shaping up to be one of the most exciting MAC football games in recent history. But a visit from ESPN's 'College GameDay' would make it all the more reason to get even more excited.

"These two teams may be in a mid-major conference, but both have earned their keep this season and are worthy of playing in front of the entire nation."

Western Michigan is 3-0, with two wins over Big Ten schools, Northwestern and Illinois.

Central Michigan also is 3-0, including a stunning victory over then-No. 22 Oklahoma State on the road. The Chippewas won the game on a final play that shouldn't have been allowed, but took advantage with a Hail Mary and a lateral for the winning touchdown.

CMU followed that up with a home win over UNLV, with Pistons star Andre Drummond in attendance.

Both received votes in the latest Associated Press poll.

"GameDay" only once has ever set up shop for a Mid-American Conference game, in 2003, when Northern Illinois played at Bowling Green.

ESPN isn't opposed to doing mid-major games, but it usually depends on the rest of that week's schedule.

And there are some games Oct. 1 that figure to be more appealing, especially a potential top-10 matchup between Louisville and Clemson.

Wisconsin also plays at Michigan, Tennessee visits Georgia, and Navy travels to Air Force, and armed-services showdowns between teams with good records often catch ESPN's attention.

"College GameDay" was in Michigan twice last season, for Oregon-Michigan State and Michigan State-Michigan.

Scramlin's petition had 249 signatures as of 11:35 Tuesday morning. Another petition with the same objective, started by Aaron Smith, had 644 signatures, also as of 11:35 Tuesday morning.

WMU plays Georgia Southern (3-0) this week, while CMU plays Virginia (0-3).

The WMU-CMU showdown will be played under the lights, at 7 p.m., at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

ESPN typically announces that week's "GameDay" location on Sundays.