SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – ESPN’s College Game Day descended on the University of Utah campus and thousands came out to take part in the festivities, as No.5 Utes prepared to take on No.23 Cal.
Up and at it before the sun rose, thousands of die hard Utah fans came out in full force. Some had even camped out on President’s Circle as early as Thursday night.
All in preparation for the carnival like atmosphere that ESPN would bring to the campus for College Game Day.
“I’ve been camping up here all night waiting for game day because we love the Utes,” shouted Junior Mitchell Linsley.
While Steve Bells added, “It’s exciting! A lot of excitement. Game Days brings a lot of excitement and every game is getting bigger. It’s more important so we’re all pretty excited about it.”
This is the third time Game Day has taken over the university. The last one back in 2008. And it is the Utes fourth time appearing in the show. But as a sea of red overwhelmingly overshadowed the event. A few blue and gold bears lurked among the crowd. And had a few kind words to say about the host team.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Robert Glickman. “It’s a beautiful campus and it’s a good setting for a game day.”
As game time nears, fans are already predicting the final score, and even going as far as predicting an undefeated season.
“We’re gonna win by like 20 or 30, and then we’re gonna go undefeated, and win the national title, and then we’re really gonna turn it up – Go Utes!” said Linsley.
As the mornings events wrapped up, thousands headed off to tailgate near Rice Eccles Stadium, continuing the celebration until kickoff at 8pm.