UPDATE, Sept. 14, 6:02 p.m: Show locations will be outside of Conte Forum and inside Alumni Stadium. Also appearing will be ESPN college football analyst Robert Smith, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith and SportsCenter daily fantasy analyst Cynthia Frelund, according to ESPN.
UPDATE, Sept. 12, 3:13 p.m.: The 6:00 "SportsCenter on the Road" show will be hosted by Lindsay Czarniak at a location that is "not totally determined yet" on campus, according to ESPN. BC-related features and interviews will be mixed with SportsCenter's typical programming.
Boston College will have to wait for First Take co-hosts Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless to grace campus with their colorful commentary on the sports world.
"First Take will not stop at Boston College because we learned that Gasson Hall would not be available," Diane Lamb, VP of Communications at ESPN, told The Gavel by email on Friday morning.
The popular show was expected to be filmed in Gasson Hall during the morning of Friday, Sept. 18 before the BC vs. Florida State game at 8 p.m. Instead, the network's flagship show SportsCenter will run a special edition show at 6 p.m outside of Alumni Stadium.
While SuperFans were waiting for Bayless and Smith's chatter, they will likely be content that ESPN's most popular show will give BC the spotlight prior to arguably the biggest game of the season.
Florida State, ranked No. 1 for the majority of last season, barely squeaked by Boston College last year, winning only 20-17. FSU, ranked No. 8 in the 2013-2014 season, also beat Boston College, 48-34, though the majority of the game was a lot closer than the score reflected.
Though an underdog, unranked Boston College looks to upset a No. 11 Florida State next week. Without the likes of Heisman winner Jameis Winston (who is now in the NFL), FSU will look to Notre Dame transfer quarterback Everett Golson to lead the Seminoles to victory against the Eagles.
A largely reconfigured team from last season, Florida State will have to play practically flawlessly in order to live up to what the team accomplished in its previous two seasons. And if the team struggled against Boston College for the last two seasons—two of the team's best seasons in well over a decade—the team may not have an easy time beating Boston College.
Whatever the result, both Boston College and Florida State fans will be disappointed that First Take will not be covering the game.
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