As ESPN’s College GameDay made its first appearance in Durham, the Blue Devil faithful made sure to take advantage of the experience. Students lined up in the early morning hours to represent No. 11 Duke football on the national stage.
GameDay fanatics got the gift of additional material from No. 17 Notre Dame’s fateful last possession against Ohio State. The team remarkably only had 10 players on the field for the final two snaps of the game — culminating in Buckeyes running back Chip Trayanum punching in the game-winning touchdown.
Duke fans did not let this opportunity slip away.
Even children got in on the action.
After knocking off then-No. 9 Clemson to open the season, Duke has the opportunity to beat two ranked opponents at home.
How could GameDay be complete without some Taylor Swift signs? After her sighting at the Kansas City Chiefs game supporting tight end Travis Kelce, two worlds collided.
Celebrity guest picker Ken Jeong, beloved by the Blue Devil community, was the source of many signs as well.
Duke is certainly familiar with Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman, who transferred from Wake Forest a season ago and has played the Blue Devils twice, most recently losing 34-31. Hartman is in his sixth season of college football, and Duke fans poked fun at the Fighting Irish's signal caller.
Duke and Notre Dame kickoff at 7:30 p.m. as the Blue Devils hope to keep their undefeated season alive.
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Ranjan Jindal is a Trinity sophomore and an assistant Blue Zone editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.