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ESPN College GameDay Is Shunning The Big 12

Oklahoma and West Virginia are about to throw down in a potential top 10 matchup that could determine the Big 12 champion, but ESPN College GameDay will feature undefeated Western Michigan and 2-8 Buffalo.

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ESPN is the number one name in all of sports, and that’s especially true in college football. You need to look no further than who has the rights nearly every bowl game and the popularity of “College GameDay” to realize that.

So, when College GameDay decides to shun the biggest Big 12 game of the year, what should be a top 10 matchup, in favor of a lopsided MAC matchup featuring a team that’s won just two games all season, it’s news.

Instead of traveling to Morgantown as Oklahoma prepares to face West Virginia in a game that could be for the Big 12 and possibly a CFB Playoff spot, a prime time night game on ABC nonetheless, ESPN’s parent company, College GameDay is headed to Kalamazoo, MI.

When did College GameDay become about just one team? There’s always deserving teams, every single year, but GameDay has always been reserved for the best matchup, the best game of the week. Western Michigan may be undefeated, but their opponent is far from noteworthy. Buffalo is just 2-8 on the season. That’s right, a two win team will be featured on College GameDay on Saturday.

It would be laughable if it weren’t for that this is further proof that ESPN manipulates the market for their whims.

In a year that the Big 12 tabled expansion for ESPN after the network leaked that they were not in favor of it, the network has shunned the conference on its biggest stage. Which will only further fuel the narrative that the Big 12 is weak. Or are we to believe ESPN would ignore a Big Ten or SEC top 10 matchup in favor Western Michigan as well?

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