ESPN’s College GameDay is officially returning to Eugene, and with it will come all of the fanfare and buzz that is fit of the weekly marquee show for the mothership.

Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Reece Davis, Pat McAfee, and Desmond Howard are going to find some place on campus and set up shop this week to preview what will be one of the best football games of the weekend, a showdown between the No. 12 Oregon Ducks and No. 11 UCLA Bruins. Of course, as is tradition, there will be one “guest picker” up on stage with them at the end of the show that goes through the top games of the weekend and makes picks for who will win.

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The guest picker is almost always someone affiliated with the home university and a person who can get the crowd rowdy. For example, Peyton Manning was the guest picker for the Tennessee vs. Alabama game on Saturday in Knoxville.

So who will the guest picker be in Eugene on Saturday? We’ve got a few ideas…


WNBA Star Satou Sabally

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Best Known For: WNBA All-Star (2nd overall pick in 2020).

Tie to the Ducks: Core member of one of most memorable Oregon teams in basketball history.


NFL QB Marcus Mariota

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Best Known For: Winning the Heisman Trophy at Oregon.

Tie to the Ducks: Only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy at Oregon.


NFL LB Troy Dye

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Best Known For: Linebacker for Minnesota Vikings.

Tie to the Ducks: The most enthusiastic ‘Shout’ dancer you’ve ever seen.


Nike Co-Founder Phil Knight

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Best Known For: Co-Founding Nike.

Tie to the Ducks: Graduated from University of Oregon. Mega-Booster. Uncle Phil.


Actor Sam Elliott

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Best Known For: Academy Award-nominated actor

Tie to the Ducks:Attended University of Oregon from 1962-63


Actor Kaitlin Olson

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Best Known For: Actress, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

Tie to the Ducks: Attended the University of Oregon


NBA PG Payton Pritchard

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Best Known For: Member of the Boston Celtics.

Tie to the Ducks: Career Assist Leader at Oregon. 4th in Career Points.


NFL QB Justin Herbert

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Best Known For: Record-breaking QB for Los Angeles Chargers

Tie to the Ducks: Home-grown stud from Eugene.


ESPN Anchor Neil Everett

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Best Known For: ESPN Anchor

Tie to the Ducks: Attended the University of Oregon


WNBA Star Sabrina Ionescu

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Best Known For: WNBA All-Star.

Tie to the Ducks: The Mother of Ducklings. Arguably greatest college basketball player in Oregon Ducks history.

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