ESPN College GameDay 2020: Week 14 Location Hosts, TV Schedule and Predictions | Bleacher Report

Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall hands the ball off to CJ Marable during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Appalachian State Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina won 34-23. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

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It’s been a historic 2020 season for Coastal Carolina. After becoming an FBS program when they joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2017, the Chanticleers had three straight losing seasons, never finishing better than 5-7 (which they did in 2018 and 2019).

This season, though, the team has not only already secured a winning record, but it’s also looking to go undefeated. But first, it will make more history on Saturday.

For the first time in school history, it will be the host of ESPN’s College GameDay, the popular weekly college football kickoff show that sets the stage for the day’s action.

College GameDay will begin at 9 a.m. ET at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.

Originally, Coastal Carolina was set to host Liberty on Saturday afternoon, but that matchup was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns within the Flames’ program. The Chanticleers are now set to host BYU in a matchup that was made official on Thursday and could lead to one of these teams getting an opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

Here’s the full Top 25 schedule for this week, along with picks for each game, followed by a closer look at this spontaneous BYU-Coastal Carolina matchup that could be the most exciting game of the day.


Week 14 Top 25 Schedule, Predictions

Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN


Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina, noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall, noon ET, ESPN+

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 19 Iowa at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 24 Tulsa at Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Stanford at No. 22 Washington, 4 p.m. ET, Fox

No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

No. 23 Oregon at California, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 1 Alabama at LSU, 8 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 10 Miami at Duke, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma, 8 p.m. ET, Fox


Sunday, Dec. 6

Washington State at No. 20 USC, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

Picks in bold.


BYU-Coastal Carolina Preview, Prediction

By agreeing to travel across the country to Coastal Carolina, BYU is putting its undefeated season on the line.

The Cougars weren’t scheduled to play again until Dec. 12, when they’re likely to earn a home win over San Diego State. Now, they have

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Kate Middleton Hosts Virtual Forum With “5 Big Insights”

The data has been crunched and conclusions have been made. A fact-finding mission known as The Forum on The Early Years, spearheaded by Kate Middleton and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has attracted over 500,000 responses this year, making it the largest survey of its kind in UK history.

The 5 Big Questions, an audit meant to help charities set their priorities for the future of early childhood education and support, has been the Duchess of Camrbidge’s primary focus throughout the year, despite the obvious obstacle of the coronavirus pandemic. The 5 Big Questions, her first solo project, is the culmination of nearly eight years she has spent working with family charities as a senior royal.

She spoke at a virtual event on Friday, reiterating her belief that “the early years should be on par with the other great social challenges and opportunities of our time.”

Touching upon the longterm nature of the work, she said, “it is a brave thing to believe in an outcome – in a world even – that might not be fully felt for a generation or more.”

The 5 Big Questions have generated what’s been dubbed the 5 Big Insights, guidelines to ensure mental health and wellbeing for parents, carers, and children. The data reveals nuance on the topic of nature vs. nurture, societal pressure in how to raise children, and the reluctance some feel in asking for help.

“People overwhelmingly believe that a child’s future is not pre-determined at birth,” the report reads. “However, most people don’t understand the specific importance of the early years.”

Additionally, “the reality of life makes it hard for parents to prioritize their wellbeing.” In other words, like they say on airplanes, you gotta strap on your own oxygen mask before you put on your kid’s. (The Duchess did not put it this way.)

The third Big Insight noted that “feeling judged by others can make a bad situation worse,” with 70 percent of responders saying that the opinions of others can have an effect, with nearly half feeling negatively impacted.

The fourth and fifth insights were specific to the coronavirus pandemic, noting an increase in loneliness, and unwillingness to be frank with their feelings, and how community outreach was found lacking in more economically disadvantaged areas.

A more detailed summary can be found here.

“Parenthood isn’t a prerequisite for understanding the importance of the early years,” Middleton concluded. “If we only expect people to take an interest in the early years when they have children, we are not only too late for them, we are underestimating the huge role others can play in shaping our most formative years too.”

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Aurora Institute Hosts “A New Dawn for Every Learner,” Its First Virtual Symposium

Aurora Institute Hosts “A New Dawn for Every Learner,” Its First Virtual Symposium

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Held October 26-28, 2020, the Aurora Institute Symposium will convene thousands of education innovators for three days of learning, networking, inspiration, and challenges and solutions. Keynotes and sessions will immerse participants in topics ranging from COVID-19 and online and blended learning to global best practices and bright spots of innovation to educational equity, social-emotional learning, and trends driving K-12 education.

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The Aurora Institute (@Aurora_Inst) has hosted a symposium for 15 years, drawing up to 3,000 educators, administrators, system leaders, policymakers, researchers, advocates, students, and community leaders. COVID-19, and the resulting public health emergency, made it inadvisable to hold the in-person convening this year. The pandemic’s ramifications for the future of teaching and learning, however, presented a compelling backdrop to hosting the event virtually. The opening keynote, “Future of Education: Leapfrogging in a Time of Crisis,” starts at 11 AM Eastern today and will feature:

  • Susan Patrick, Aurora Institute

  • Dr. Rebecca Winthrop, The Brookings Institution

  • Dr. Tony Jackson, Asia Society

  • Dr. Katherine Casey, imaginEDU

Keynote Plenary II starts at noon and will feature:

  • Oscar Santos, Center for Collaborative Education

  • Stacy Caldwell, Mastery Transcript Consortium

  • Rachael Stephens, National Governors Association

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Javier Guzman of Big Picture Learning, along with David Ruff of Great Schools Partnership will keynote, followed by a series of short talks highlighting best practices and innovative learning models at:

  • Riverside Unified School District

  • South Bronx Community Charter High School

  • Dallas Independent School District

  • Virtual Learning Academy Charter School

  • Northern Cass School District

  • Nashville Big Picture High School

The most widely anticipated feature of the annual event is the student panel, in which young learners share what it’s like to experience new, innovative, student-centered learning models. The student panel will open Day 3 of the Symposium, and a closing keynote, “Top Trends for the Future of K-12 Education: A Path Forward & Equitable Futures,” will feature:

  • Nicholas C. Donohue, President & CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation

  • Susan Patrick, President & CEO, Aurora Institute

  • Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer, KnowledgeWorks

  • Felicia Cumings Smith, Senior Director, US Regions, National Geographic

Opening day and each of the following days of the Symposium will feature a set of concurrent breakout sessions, interspersed with quick learning bytes from educators, students, and system leaders. Monday will also feature book talks with 14 authors.

The virtual Symposium is offered free of charge this year. You are welcome to join by registering here:

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Aurora’s mission is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Aurora is shaping the future of teaching and learning for more than 14 million students through its work in policy advocacy, research, and field-building/convening. We

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ESPN College GameDay 2020: Week 8 Location Hosts, TV Schedule and Predictions | Bleacher Report

Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman runs after a catch against Georgia Southern in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 35-32. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

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The Big Ten season has arrived. After originally planning not to play in 2020, the conference’s teams will be having eight-game seasons comprising matchups against other Big Ten schools.

And with the Big Ten getting added to the mix, ESPN is heading to one of the conference’s schools for College GameDay on Saturday. The popular college football kickoff show will be held at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis ahead of the season opener between No. 18 Michigan and No. 21 Minnesota.

College GameDay begins at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN and will not have fans in attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has been the case each week this season. The Wolverines and Golden Gophers will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC in a marquee primetime matchup.

That’s not the only exciting action taking place across the country this weekend. Here’s a look at the full Top 25 schedule, along with predictions, followed by a preview of the top matchups to watch.


Week 8 Top 25 Schedule, Predictions

Friday, Oct. 23

Illinois at No. 14 Wisconsin, 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network


Saturday, Oct. 24

Syracuse at No. 1 Clemson, noon ET, ACC Network

Nebraska at No. 5 Ohio State, noon ET, Fox

No. 23 NC State at No. 14 North Carolina, noon ET, ESPN

Kansas at No. 20 Kansas State, noon ET, Fox Sports 1

Georgia Southern at No. 25 Coastal Carolina, noon ET, ESPNU

Florida Atlantic at No. 22 Marshall, 2:30 p.m. ET

No. 2 Alabama at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 3 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 17 Iowa State at No. 6 Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox

No. 8 Penn State at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 19 Virginia Tech at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Virginia at No. 11 Miami, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

No. 9 Cincinnati at No. 16 SMU, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Texas State at No. 12 BYU, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Predictions in bold.


Top Matchups to Watch

No. 17 Iowa State at No. 6 Oklahoma State

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With Oklahoma and Texas having some struggles this season, the two highest-ranked Big 12 teams in the AP Top 25 poll are Oklahoma State and Iowa State, which have both gotten off to strong starts in 2020—even if it’s been a little while since these teams have played.

Iowa State had a bye in Week 7, so this will be its first game since Oct. 10. It’s been even longer for Oklahoma State, which had a bye and then had its game against Baylor last week postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak for the Bears. The Cowboys hadn’t had consecutive weekends off during a regular season since 1918, according to the Associated Press.

The teams’ matchup will affect the top of

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