CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- For some fans of ESPN's long running College GameDay show, the big question for Saturday is which mascot head will Lee Corso be wearing when it's time to make his pick for the outcome of Saturday's match up between West Virginia University and Louisiana State University.
Corso, who served as head coach of several college football teams and has been with GameDay since its inception in 1987, pops on the head of the college mascot he picks to win the marquee match up of the day at the end of the show.
If he should pick LSU to win he'll likely be seen on the stage in a suit and tie wearing the head of "Mike the Tiger," but if he picks WVU to win will he don a coonskin cap similar to the one the Mountaineer wears or will he go with a WVU helmet?
"That's one of the best kept secrets in all of college football," said Tom Engle, producer of College GameDay. "We don't know what he's going to wear until he makes his pick. He makes the arrangements on that."
The traveling live sports show has been on the air since the late 1980s. The sports personalities travel from campus to campus for the biggest games of the week, bringing fans across the nation an inside look at the football programs of the schools matched up for the marquee game.
The show, which airs Saturday morning before the noon kickoffs, is hosted by Chris Fowler, Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Erin Andrews.
It marks the first time the show has visited Morgantown for football. College GameDay's basketball show aired from the WVU Coliseum in March 2009, when the Mountaineers took on then-6th ranked Louisville. WVU lost the game 62-59.
"One of the questions we're always asked is, 'Where is the best GameDay site you've been?' and the answer is always someplace we've never been before," Engle said. "We're expecting a big turnout at West Virginia hopefully this one will be one of our best. We're really looking forward to it."
Producers picked Morgantown for this week's GameDay because of the match up between No. 16 WVU and No. 2 LSU, both of which enter this weekend's game undefeated.
"The biggest thing in picking the location for the show is determining where the biggest game of the week will be, and this week it's LSU at West Virginia," Engle said. "We think this is a game where the fans, students and alumni will have a really great turn out and enjoy themselves."
Producers pick the show location Sunday then spend the week planning for the Saturday event. WVU officials were notified Sunday morning.
"We're very excited that College GameDay is coming to Morgantown for the first time in the 25 years of the show," said Mike Montoro, director of football communications at WVU. "We're excited about the exposure for the team, for the school and for the fans."
He said he thought the rankings of both teams had a lot to do with the shows producer's decision to travel to Morgantown. WVU's fan following also played a role, he said.
"They know about the fans from West Virginia and how passionate they are about football," Montoro said. "They know West Virginia fans love football and love West Virginia."
Matt Wells, WVU's sports marketing director, said university officials knew the school was in the mix for this week's pick and were excited when it was announced that the show would be coming to Morgantown.