GameDay in Eugene: 'We've been here maybe more than any other place'

      EUGENE, Ore. - ESPN's College GameDay broadcasts live from the University of Oregon this week.

      This is the eighth time the program has been to Eugene, and the fifth consecutive year.

      ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit was on campus, speaking about the show's return to town.

      "I think we've been here maybe more than any other place in the last 5 years. It's always fun to come here. I love this weather and I love the passion the fans have for the team," Herbstreit said.

      Other traditions occur behind the scenes.

      Tommy Marshall began working for GameDay nine years ago.

      He drives the mobile studio.

      He also manages what production staff refers to as the Road Kill Grill.

      "Me and my partner didn't know anybody, and so we bought a charcoal grill, some hamburgers and hot dogs," Marshall said.

      Now, upon the request of operations management, they cook every Friday for the entire crew.

      "Eugene: the one stop where we get wonderful, wonderful seafood," said Judi Weiss, the production manager.

      Marshall is rooting for the Ducks.

      He said Eugene has a special place in his heart.

      "We love you guys. The town of Eugene and the university treat us exceptionally well," Marshall said.

      GameDay will air from 6 am to 9 am Saturday. Students will be allowed into the GameDay perimeter beginning at 3 a.m.

      The Ducks are playing UCLA Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.