ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming to Waco for a football game for the first time as Baylor faces Kansas State at 6:45 p.m. Saturday for a chance at the Big 12 championship at McLane Stadium.

“College GameDay” telecasts each week of the football season from campuses of the premier college games in the country. The telecast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

“It’s an ideal way to finish out the first season at McLane Stadium,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said.

“We’re just very excited and honored to be able to host College GameDay, showcase our beautiful campus, our outstanding football program and what we think is the best college football venue in America in McLane Stadium. So it’s going to be great celebration.”

Baylor’s only other “College GameDay” appearance was for men’s basketball when the Bears hosted Texas on March 5, 2011.

“The exposure and opportunity that it will give to Baylor on the last Saturday of the college football season will be tremendous,” said Nick Joos, Baylor executive associate athletic director for external affairs. “Obviously, it’s a tremendous credit to our football program and what a great job Coach (Art) Briles and his staff and student athletes have done.”

The Bears (10-1) are No. 5 in this week’s Associated Press poll while Kansas State (9-2) is No. 9. Baylor, Kansas State and No. 4 TCU are tied for the Big 12 lead at 7-1.

“It gives us a great platform as we make our final push for the College Football Playoff, and we feel like we’re in great position right now, to be playing for a Big 12 championship,” McCaw said.

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