Virginia Tech prepares for ESPN's College GameDay

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) We're three days away from a Battle in Blacksburg between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Clemson Tigers.

ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast live from campus, and crews are already in town getting prepared for the big day.

It takes crews from not only ESPN but dozens of workers on campus to make sure everything is just right.

A team from the network came to Virginia Tech Monday to scout a location. They settled for the iconic alumni mall. Work immediately started to get that area of campus ready for game day.

"It's really a team effort between folks on campus, folks here in athletics, and obviously and army of folks at ESPN," said Pete Moris, the Associate Athletic Director of Strategic Communications.

It takes about one hundred people from the network offices of ESPN to the campus of Virginia Tech to make sure everything is just right for Saturday.

On alumni mall crews have already started clearing the way for College GameDay. All parking is now blocked along the mall and heavy machinery is being unloaded.

Later this week a crew will use the equipment to install the well known stage and gate the area off for security and big crowds.

"Really when we say Blacksburg is going to be the epicenter of college football on Saturday, that's true," Moris said.

Students and fans are encouraged to be out early Saturday morning for the College GameDay show on ESPN, which is making its first appearance in Blacksburg since 2007.

This is the first time two undefeated teams ranked in the top 12 of the AP Poll will square off at Lane Stadium.