The College Gameday crew. (Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE)
Scott Keepfer, The Greenville News
CLEMSON - It took seven years for ESPN's College GameDay program to return to Clemson for a second time.
It may take considerably less time for the show to make a third visit.
During an interview last week, Lee Fitting - the show's senior coordinating producer - indicated that the program's second visit to Clemson this season appeared imminent, what with a matchup of unbeaten Clemson and Florida State highlighting college football action on Oct. 19.
"You can just about book us for Clemson on the 19th," Fitting said on the nationally syndicated Paul Finebaum Show. "This game is going to be treated like the Super Bowl."
Both Clemson and Florida State are undefeated with 5-0 records. The Tigers face Boston College on Saturday while the Seminoles have an open date.
Clemson is ranked No. 4 in the USA Today coaches poll while Florida State is ranked No. 6.
Although not common, there is precedence for the popular program returning to a site twice in a season. In the past, GameDay has made multiple stops in a single season at Gainesville, Fla., Tuscaloosa, Ala., Eugene, Ore., and Columbus, Ohio.
"Just like everything else with GameDay, there are no rules," Fitting said. "We don't like rules, and with sites there are no rules. I think something crazy would have to happen for us not to be in Clemson on the 19th for the Florida State game."
An official announcement is expected to be made by as early as this weekend.