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Herbstreit's fave "GameDay" locales

Updated: August 27, 2009, 4:53 PM ET
By Kirk Herbstreit | ESPN.com


1. Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State
Rabid fans and one of the top programs in the nation. And I get to have my kids on the set. Plus, the GameDay crew has fallen in love with City Barbeque.

2. Los Angeles, Calif. - USC
As shocking as is to even myself to put a Pac-10 team on here, Pete Carroll, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush have made our L.A. stops extremely memorable. Can the legacy continue without Matt and Reggie?

3. Baton Rouge, La. - LSU
Some of the best fans in the country, an unbelievable tailgate scene and a great Friday dinner at Ruffino's.

4. Gainesville, Fla. - Florida
When the Gators are good there is not a more vocal crowd in the country.

5. State College, Penn. - Penn State
Supported by the best student section in America.

6. Auburn, Ala. - Auburn
Like most SEC schools, a rabid fan base and a Chick-fil-A real close to where our set is.

7. Blacksburg, Va. - Virginia Tech
Frank Beamer's fan base adores their Hokies and are always very accommodating to College GameDay -- not to mention a Friday lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings topped off by a Blizzard from the DQ.

8. Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Alabama
We have a great setup at the Quad. Very friendly tailgaters offering delicious BBQ. But most importantly -- by far the best security service we get anywhere on the road. Note to fans -- it would be wise to be on your best behavior when Chris, Lee and myself are walking with our officers in Tuscaloosa.

9. South Bend, Ind. - Notre Dame
I'd like to welcome the Irish back to the list. Outside of the obvious tradition and ambiance of South Bend, the Irish faithful are almost borderline obnoxious with their regained swagger and love for their school.

10. Norman, Okla. - Oklahoma
Even though they are coming off a down year, Norman has been a consistent stop for GameDay. Like a lot of the others, there's a highly supportive fan base. And there is nothing like a dinner at Pearl's the night before a big game.

Note: This is a reprise of a feature that originally published in August 2006.

Kirk Herbstreit

College Football analyst
Kirk Herbstreit has been an ESPN college football studio analyst since August 1996. Herbstreit, who joined ESPN in September 1995 as a college football sideline analyst for ESPN2, is also a game analyst for ESPN's Thursday night college football telecasts.

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