During the fall, ESPN College Gameday travels across the United States to various colleges and universities to preview the weekend's NCAA football action. At the end of every show, hosts Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit are joined by a celebrity to pick winners in the marquee matches, and on Saturday 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess joined the crew alongside competitive eater Joey Chestnut.
Riess' Michigan State Spartans were facing off against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the B1G Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and the 2013 Main Event champ, who recently sold action for the high rollers and super high rollers at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and Aussie Millions, was the only person on set to correctly pick Sparty in an upset:
Chestnut's pick, "Ohio," didn't even participate in the game.
Riess' appearance on the program prompted several players and fans to take to Twitter:
Just caught myself daydreaming of what I would say and do as the guest picker on @CollegeGameDay .. wonder how @RyanRiess1 is feeling now...Follow @coreyburbick
Great day for poker too with @RyanRiess1 making the picks at @CollegeGameDay ! Lets go Tigers, (Missouri)!!!! #Grrbabygrrrr #Tigers #MIZFollow @RyanTepen
Atta boy @RyanRiess1 for making the celebrity picks on gameday! Pretty cool seeing my buddy from hs make it! Waterford we in here! #LFG #WDBFollow @coach_glynn9
Holy cow. @RyanRiess1 is the celebrity guest picker on @CollegeGameDay. Great exposure for poker.Follow @RobertDEdwards
Watching @RyanRiess1 on college game day right now. He looks LAXXEDFollow @Luscious_Lon
Hey @RyanRiess1 ... Nice job on #ESPN Gameday this morning! #multitalentedFollow @RusEvans
Riess sent the following tweet when the game was over:
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