Iowa State football: GameDay a reward for fans
ESPN’s GameDay is coming to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State-Iowa showdown on Saturday. Call it AmesDay. And call it a reward for long-suffering Cyclone fans.
“When we heard that, first thing I said,” said Iowa State coach Matt Campbell. “Great reward for our fan base, great reward for our state and two teams that are playing good football right now. That part makes it even more exciting for our fan base. Lot of hoopla before it even gets going.”
ESPN apparently was headed to Syracuse for its game against Clemson. But when Maryland mauled Syracuse 63-20 Saturday, ESPN switched courses and now will be in Ames, where the 2-0 Hawkeyes and 1-0 Cyclones play a 3 p.m. game that isn’t even televised by ESPN. The game is on Fox.
“I think this obviously is a game of great importance,” Campbell said. “I certainly won’t downplay our rival game. That’s something that’s unique to being a part of this state and this institution.”
But Campbell said he hopes GameDay won’t take away from the Cyclones’ preparation.
“The big thing for us, you’ve got to communicate about those things,” Campbell said. “With environments like this, you can easily get lost in the hoopla and forget about the game, especially for our program, where we haven’t been in a lot of these situations.”