ESPN’s traveling college football pregame show, “GameDay,” set a total audience record last weekend with 2,682,000 viewers for the program that originated at Columbus, Ohio, and set up the Ohio State-Michigan game.
That figure includes television audience and live streaming.
If only TV viewers are counted, the audience was the second most-watched in “GameDay” history. Where did the top-viewed “GameDay” originate? Tuscaloosa? South Bend?
Kansas City. For Missouri-Kansas.
That’s right. On Nov. 24, 2007, “GameDay” originated from Arrowhead Stadium to preview the 117 th Border War between the second-ranked Jayhawks, who were 11-0, against the third-ranked Tigers, 10-1. The winner would ascend to No. 1 in the next poll because top-ranked LSU had lost earlier in the week.
The neutral-field setting was unique, the first Border War played in Kansas City since 1945. The teams were outstanding. The rivalry was intense. Remember the rivalry?
“GameDay,” with the set in the Arrowhead parking lot, attracted 2,620,000 viewers that day. The TV audience for last Saturday’s program was 2,614,000.
The game itself attracted 10,960,755 viewers on ABC, the seventh-highest rated college football game at the time.
This season, Missouri and Kansas combined for a 6-18 record, with the Tigers finishing last in the SEC East and the Jayhawks last in the Big 12. They haven’t met in football or basketball since Mizzou left for the SEC in 2012.
But they’ll always have 2007.