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ESPN GameDay kicks off Badgers' game day

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The gates opened at 6:30 a.m., the show started at 8 and, by 11 a.m., the fans that made their way to Camp Randall Stadium for Saturday's broadcast of ESPN College GameDay were cheering as Lee Corso returned to the stage dressed as Bucky Badger from head to toe.

Corso, famous for announcing his picks by donning the heads of mascot costumes, went the extra mile in Madison by putting on the full Bucky outfit to show his confidence in a Badgers win tonight against No. 1 Ohio State.

The move capped an exciting morning that saw Corso, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews go around the world of college football over the course of their three-hour show.

Beyond Corso's pick, the highlight for UW fans was the inspiring story of Jaxson Hinkens, a 6-year-old cancer patient befriended by Badgers quarterback Scott Tolzien and his teammates. Tolzien helped tell the story of how he and Jaxson grew close through phone calls and visits to American Family Children's Hospital in Madison.

Head coach Bret Bielema and Jaxson's parents also were featured to help tell the special story.

The UW Marching Band and spirit squads were in attendance, as well. We'll have a full photo gallery and video recap of the event soon at UWBadgers.com

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