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November 23, 2013

ESPN's College GameDay a hit with OSU fans

STILLWATER, Okla. — It's the college football program. Saturday, ESPN's College GameDay originated from the Oklahoma State University Edmon Lowe Library Lawn.

Poke fans turned out en masse to listen to ESPN's analysts preview the No. 4 Baylor versus No. 10 Oklahoma State game and the other key games this weekend in college football.

It was the fourth time the show has been broadcast from Stillwater, and the first time it was here for a non-Bedlam game.

Oklahoma State University fan Noah Williams of Muldrow picked a good day to attend his first Cowboy football game. 

"I figure it's going to be an awesome game," Williams said. "It matches two high-powered offenses. With GameDay here, it doesn't get any better for me."

Analyst Lee Corso's headgear selection is Williams' favorite segment of the show.

"I watch the show every week," Williams said. "Corso's pick is the best."

Corso didn't disappoint Saturday.

"We've been here in beautiful Stillwater, Okla., three times and Oklahoma State has never won a game when we did — never won a game here. But, But, Baylor has never won a game in 74 years. Yeah, 74 years. Not since I was 4 years old. Baylor, cant win here can they? You're right. GIve me Pistol Pete and that gun!"

Jerrad Hill and his son, Mason, of Edmond made three signs to hold up during College GameDay.

"I thought it would be a fine experience for him to get to see GameDay. We don't get to do this a lot. Thankfully, the weather cooperated to see what we could do and see if we can get on TV," Jarrad Hill said.

Mason Hill said he thought the experience was "really cool."

Mason Hill said running back Desmond Roland was his favorite Cowboy.

The Hills are season ticket holders. They have really enjoyed this season.

"It's been surprising. All the initial hype, saying we were going to be really good. Then you had the first few games and you didn't think the offense was going to do as well as everybody hoped," Jerrad Hill said.

The offense is coming around, he added, and the defense has been stout all season.

"It's been a surprising season," he said.

ESPN always brings a guest picker for College GameDay. OSU picked up a first in that area. When Poke basketball player Marcus Smart walked onto the set to make his selections, Smart became the first student-athlete to fill that role. Smart used a couple of cross-over moves when he picked Oklahoma to beat Kansas State and Texas A&M to knock off Louisiana State.

Smart's orange showed up in the end. He picked OSU to beat Baylor and ducked as Corso donned the Pistol Pete head and fired Pete's six shooters and shotgun.

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