KU fans get hyped for College GameDay

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Post last updated at 11:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8; video added at 11:28 p.m.

Fans arrived to “fill the hill” hours before kickoff in Kansas’ matchup against TCU as ESPN’s College GameDay traveled to Lawrence for the first time.

KU football is 5-0, ranked 19th in the Associated Press poll. The team’s success on the field has been rippling through the community. 

Coach Lance Leipold made an appearance on the TV show.

August Rudisell/Lawrence Times

Bill Self, who coached the KU basketball team to a national championship in April, selected the best sign from among three in the crowd: “Beware of the Booth” beat out “Leipold Daniels 2024 – America’s Team” and “KU moms raise winners.”

Comedian and actor Rob Riggle, a KU alum, arrived in Lawrence as the celebrity guest picker ahead of the 11 a.m. kickoff.

For those watching at home, the game will be broadcast on FS1.

Part 1: Here are some photos from chilly Saturday morning before the sun rose:

August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Desmond Howard, an ESPN College GameDay analyst, sits in front of thousands of KU fans during a broadcast ahead of the football game on Oct. 8, 2022.

Part 2: Before the game, after sunrise

August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Declan Guth, 9, of Lenexa, was very excited for the game.
August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Lawrence Police Chief Rich Lockhart and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Rich Llewellyn
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