ESPN's premier college football kickoff show College GameDay will broadcast live at 7 a.m. MT at President's Circle at the University of Utah before No. 5 Utah's (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) highly anticipated match up against No. 23 California (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12). The College GameDay crew includes over 100 people to get everything set up on Thursday, so the sets were ready for shows to broadcast Friday and the main event on Saturday morning. BlockU caught up with several members of the College GameDay crew: George Whitfield , David Pollack , and Rece Davis .
Whitfield is known as a quarterback guru, running Whitfield Athletix in San Diego, Calif. He has worked Cam Newton, Donovan McNabb, and Jameis Winston among many others. He offers great insight into both quarterbacks in tomorrow's game, Jared Goff of Cal and Utah's Travis Wilson. He has a lot of positive things to say about each quarterback. The quarterback matchup could be huge in deciding who wins the game between the Pac-12's final unbeaten teams.
Pollack, a three-time All-American at Georgia and a first round NFL Draft pick, offered his thoughts on many different topics. He talks about USC and how they have failed to achieve to their lofty preseason expectations so far this season and the underrated Washington Huskies. He does not believe a team will run the table in the Pac-12. He expects a great atmosphere for GameDay tomorrow. Not surprisingly, he speaks very highly of Goff, but he also believes Wilson is a good quarterback as well. His comments on Oregon's defense are quite amusing as well.
Davis is the new host of College GameDay. He was the host of the basketball version for 10 years. He still has Ohio State as his top team because of the talent they have, and he believes their issues are fixable. His thoughts on exposure for programs that are not traditional powers. He highlights Utah's transition into the Pac-12 as part of this. Stopping Goff is his big key for the game and not letting the game turn into a shootout because Cal is better suited for a game like that. Davis says that "passion for the game" is the key to the continued energy and excitement around College GameDay even after 20 years. Davis offers interesting insight on a four versus eight team College Football Playoff.
Make sure to check out both College GameDay tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. MT on ESPN and the game between Utah and Cal at 8 p.m. MT on ESPN.