College GameDay, Big Noon Kickoff on campus

We are finally here! Both Michigan State and Michigan enter Saturday’s match ranked as top 10 – Wolverines as No. 6 and Spartans No. 7 – and have identical records with 7-0 records.

On top of that, both “ESPN College GameDay” and Fox Sports’ “Big Noon Kickoff” will both air in East Lansing.

Stay tuned here all day with our liveblog, which begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. We provide written updates and tweets from campus, including the pages for both pre-game shows and live coverage from the dinner kickoff.

Foreplay

Former MSU standout and first-round draft pick Julian Peterson was a guest on Fox Sports’ “Big Noon Kickoff,” but was primarily used for a segment where Bob Stoops showed how Michigan’s defense will try to limit Michigan State’s offense.

The Barstool Sports troupe is set up in Cedar Village and may actually have a larger audience than both ESPN and Fox. Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, who is educated in Michigan, performs expert work on trolling the (presumably) most spartan fans established in the popular area known for its sofa fires.

There are plenty of pictures in the gallery above, but below you can see some of the best characters from the GameDay set.

Fox and ESPN are set up on opposite sides of Spartan Stadium, but both pregame shows have large crowds around them.

And if we are to be honest, watch Big Noon Kickoff, which just went live at. 10, to have the larger audience. Reggie Bush led a “Go Green, Go White” song to start the show, and host Rob Stone hinted that Bush might be at Harper’s Friday night.

Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo appeared on ESPN College GameDay for a few minutes, where he discussed his love of football, played the sport a bit in northern Michigan, and was roommates and best friends with former Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci.

Izzo also predicted a Spartan 27-20 victory.

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker appeared on “ESPN College GameDay” at 6 p.m. 9:20. And to the last question, Rece Davis set it up for Tucker and asked him what his true feelings were about Michigan.

Tucker’s quote: “Yes, I do not like Michigan,” in which fans roared in delight at the response. Tucker knows how to play for an audience.

Tucker also spoke about Nick Saban’s importance to his coaching philosophy, saying linebacker Quavaris Crouch is one to be viewed as an “unlit hero” today.

The fans are out and the signs are plentiful when “ESPN College GameDay” just went live a few minutes ago. Campus looks electric.

From MSU Police: All northern campus areas are now filled. The next available car parks are Ramp 1 (Shaw Lane) and Ramp 3 (Wharton Center).

MSU police also recommend that if you are coming from the east on I-96, take exit 110 (Okemos Road) to Jolly Road, to Hagadorn Road, to Shaw Lane and enter the campus at either Wilson Road or Shaw Lane.

Click on the map HERE for specific directions if you are coming from out of town.

If you’re wondering what exactly is the complete schedule for this morning, here’s the list and times for everything, politely by MSU Football’s Twitter account.

“ESPN College GameDay” does not go live for another 35 minutes, but Michigan State students are undisturbed by the bad weather as they are already queuing up to get their moments on camera, sign in hand.

We put up the best during the morning.

There are already traffic problems in East Lansing, with gridlock already appearing on US 127 and I-496, according to the East Lansing Police Department. Do not plan for it to get better.

A selection of stories to read on the way into the Michigan State-Michigan game.

If live tweets do not appear for you, click HERE.

Contact digital sports reporter Phil Friend at 517-377-1220 or pfriend@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @Phil_Friend.

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