Where will ESPN College GameDay go Nov. 6 for college football Week 10? Top 5 sites ranked

For Week 9, ESPN agreed with my top choice for the “College GameDay” destination and selected Michigan at Michigan State. But it was such an obvious choice, the show could have made the announcement while at UCLA.

Week 10 seems equally obvious, but this time, it means the show going somewhere it’s never been before.

ESPN won’t announce the site of “College GameDay” until less than a week before the next show, so I’m here to help football fans get prepared and know where “College GameDay” may go Nov. 6 for college football Week 10.

I have no inside information from ESPN. These predictions are based on “College GameDay” site selection patterns exhibited during the show’s last two decades.

If a team loses during Week 9, a site is likely to drop in consideration. ESPN “College GameDay” airs each Saturday morning during the college football season from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT on ESPN and ESPNU.

Top choice: No. 22 UTSA Roadrunners at UTEP football

Location: El Paso, Texas

Game time, TV: 9:15 p.m. CT on Nov. 6; ESPN2

Records entering Week 9: UTSA is 8-0 overall, 4-0 Conference USA; UTEP is 6-1 overall, 3-0 CUSA

Why “College GameDay” will choose UTSA at UTEP football: The show has never been to a game hosted by a current Conference USA member, and this is the perfect time to change that.

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel even lobbied for “College GameDay” to travel to El Paso on his “College Football Enquirer” podcast. He said, “The Sun Bowl is one of the great stadiums in college football. … Conference USA needs some pub. This is a great place. … UTEP is playing well. Give us UTSA vs. UTEP.”

Why “College GameDay” won’t choose UTSA at UTEP football: The show feels obligated to go to an FCS game this season, and it’s running out of time to do that. Because if it goes to an FBS game, there isn’t a better choice. Also, the show was already in Texas this season when it aired from Dallas ahead of Oklahoma vs. Texas during Week 6.

Runner-up: Liberty at No. 9 Ole Miss football

Location: Oxford, Mississippi

Game time, TV: 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 6; SEC Network

Records entering Week 9: Ole Miss is 6-1 overall, 3-1 SEC; Liberty is 6-2 overall

Why “College GameDay” will choose Liberty at Ole Miss football: If the show chooses this site, get your popcorn, start blaring Katy Perry music and get to The Grove. Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin will make this a show not to miss. We saw with Eli Manning Day how Oxford can put on a production, and the return of Hugh Freeze to Ole Miss provides another essential day at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Why “College GameDay” won’t choose Liberty at Ole Miss football: Liberty University and its founding Fallwell family don’t have a great reputation. A recent ProPublica story damaged Liberty University’s name even more. It’s reasonable to think “College GameDay” wants to avoid any association.

Choice No. 3: Montana State at Eastern Washington football

Location: Cheney, Washington

Game time, TV: 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 6; ESPN+

Records entering Week 9: Montana State is 7-1 overall, 5-0 Big Sky; Eastern Washington is 7-1 overall, 4-1 Big Sky

Why “College GameDay” will choose Montana State at Eastern Washington football: The most recent FCS Coaches Poll ranks Montana State at No. 6 and Eastern Washington at No. 7, and that’s quite an alluring showdown if you want an FCS game. Add that both teams have an open date Oct. 30, so neither will lose before Nov. 6. Also, No. 8 Oregon is at Washington that day, so a short flight to Seattle gives Kirk Herbstreit an option to broadcast a game.

Why “College GameDay” won’t choose Montana State at Eastern Washington football: Eastern Washington is 7-1, but it’s coming off a 35-34 home loss to Weber State on Oct. 23. Plus, I’m sure it’s an ordeal to get the set of the show to remote Washington. The show has only been to the state of Washington three times — twice to Seattle and once to Pullman.

Choice No. 4: Missouri State at Southern Illinois football

Location: Carbondale, Illinois

Game time, TV: Noon CT on Saturday, Nov. 6; ESPN3

Records entering Week 9: Missouri State is 4-3 overall, 3-2 Missouri Valley; Southern Illinois is 6-1 overall, 4-0 Missouri Valley

Why “College GameDay” will choose Missouri State at Southern Illinois football: The most recent FCS Coaches Poll ranked Southern Illinois at No. 3 and Missouri State at No. 20, so this FCS matchup might be tempting. The MSU Bears are coached by former Arkansas and Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, which could attract some eyeballs. The SIU Salukis have a strong program going after making the FCS Playoffs Elite Eight in the spring of 2021.

Why “College GameDay” won’t choose Missouri State at Southern Illinois football: The show has already been to the state of Illinois once this season for Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame in Chicago. Add that the show has never been to Illinois without Lake Michigan as a backdrop — twice airing from Chicago and twice from Evanston.

Choice No. 5: No. 21 Auburn at No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies football

Location: College Station, Texas

Game time, TV: To be announced

Records entering Week 9: Auburn is 5-2 overall, 2-1 SEC; TAMU is 6-2 overall, 3-2 SEC

Why “College GameDay” will choose Auburn at Texas A&M football: Both polls have both teams ranked, and the show follows the rankings like a sheep.

Why “College GameDay” won’t choose Auburn at Texas A&M football: Sure, these teams are both ranked, but what are the stakes for this game? Texas A&M is out of the conference race. Auburn has a nice record, but its five wins — Arkansas, LSU, Georgia State, Akron and Alabama State — don’t doesn’t scream elite. Even if Auburn beats Ole Miss in Week 9, UTEP on the other side of Texas has a game with higher stakes.

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“College GameDay” is hosted by Rece Davis and includes analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Lee Corso.

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.

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