College GameDay coming to KU for first time ever ahead of matchup against TCU

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas football fans will be cheering on their team in front of a national audience Saturday, as ESPN’s College GameDay will make its first-ever trip to Lawrence. 

The wildly popular ESPN pregame show makes a visit to a different school every week to highlight marquee matchups, usually between two ranked teams. Kansas’ 5-0 record has impressed many and led them to a No. 19 national ranking ahead of this weekend’s matchup. The Jayhawks will face off against a No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs squad sporting a 4-0 record on the year.

The setting for the show from 8 to 10 a.m. will be “The Hill,” a location that overlooks the KU campus and is near David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The set will then move into the stadium for the final hour of the show preceding the 11 a.m. kickoff. 

Saturday’s game will be the third consecutive sellout for the Jayhawks at home, the first time the team has sold out three straight since 2008. The sold-out game two weeks ago was their first since 2019.

The success of Kansas football this season has been a surprise to many. Typically known as a basketball school, Kansas has historically struggled on the football field and hasn’t had a winning season since 2008, including two outright winless seasons during that stretch.  

However, second-year head coach Lance Leipold has turned the tide for the Jayhawks this year with their 5-0 start. With that being said, College GameDay has chosen to visit Lawrence for this particular game for good reason: The Horned Frogs are coming off a convincing win against No. 6 Oklahoma, and out of the eight games TCU has been featured on College GameDay, it has posted a 7-1 record. 

Jayhawks fans are encouraged to show up early to the show’s set to be featured on TV and get the full College GameDay experience. 

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