Here are 7 guest picker candidates for 'College GameDay' at Clemson football vs NC State

CLEMSON – Bill Murray.

Eric Church.

Jim Cantore.

Eric Stonestreet.

Alex Rodriguez.

Those celebrities have come and gone during ESPN College GameDay's previous telecasts from Clemson, so there's plenty of speculation this week about who will be the “guest picker” when the popular pregame show broadcasts live from Clemson’s campus again Saturday morning ahead of the prime-time matchup (7:30 p.m., ABC) between undefeated ACC rivals No. 5 Clemson (4-0, 2-0 ACC) and No. 10 N.C. State (4-0, 0-0).

Plenty of names have been thrown into the mix as potential guest pickers via social media, with one prevailing sentiment – namely, it should be someone with a strong connection to the school.

On the five previous "GameDay" broadcasts from Clemson in which a guest picker was used, none has had strong ties to the school or football program as the list above confirms.

Here are seven candidates who do:

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Spencer Strider

Clemson product Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves is currently on the team's injured list, but hopes to return for the postseason.
Clemson product Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves is currently on the team's injured list, but hopes to return for the postseason.

A former standout pitcher at Clemson, Spencer Strider has emerged as a star during his rookie season for the Atlanta Braves. The mustachioed right-hander posted a 2.67 ERA and 12-5 record in 31 appearances this season and has 202 strikeouts. A leading contender for National League Rookie of the Year, Strider would be a home run among the Clemson faithful. The Braves have a key series against the Mets this weekend in Atlanta, but Strider might be able to slip away for a brief TV stint after being placed on the 15-day injured list on Saturday.

Brian Dawkins

A Clemson legend, Dawkins would be an easy pick. An NFL Hall of Famer and nine-time Pro Bowl selection, he’s regarded as one of the top safeties in NFL history. Dawkins was drafted by the Eagles in the second round in 1996 and played 13 seasons with the team before finishing his career with the Broncos.

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Davis Toney

Davis Toney, aka “Sloppy Body,” forever etched his name in Clemson (and "GameDay") lore with his rollicking, bare-chested display in the background of the "GameDay" visit in 2013. The Clemson graduate reprised his appearance in 2015 and rumors already have begun to circulate that he would be all-in for a stage appearance. Could Sloppy Body Part III, be in the offing?

Danny Ford

Although Clemson fans would be very proud and very excited to see the program’s first national title-winning coach on the "GameDay" stage, it remains doubtful that Ford would be willing to climb down off his tractor long enough to make an appearance.

Nancy O'Dell

Nancy O'Dell on the red carpet before the 2019 CMT Awards at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Nancy O'Dell on the red carpet before the 2019 CMT Awards at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.

A Clemson graduate from Sumter, O’Dell served as co-anchor of the entertainment news program "Entertainment Tonight" from 2011 to 2019 and sports her Clemson gear at every opportunity. She received an honorary doctorate from the school in 2013.

Lee Brice

A country music star with chart-topping songs such as “One of Them Girls” and “Love Like Crazy” to his credit, Brice also loves Clemson football. In fact, the Sumter native was once a walk-on long snapper for the Tigers before an injury cut his football career short.

Woody Dantzler

Clemson's Woody Dantzler scrambles 55 yards on Clemson's first possession to score a touchdown against N.C. State in 2001.
Clemson's Woody Dantzler scrambles 55 yards on Clemson's first possession to score a touchdown against N.C. State in 2001.

A former Clemson quarterback from Orangeburg, Dantzler was a record-breaker during his career with the Tigers from 1998 to 2001, once owning 53 school records. The first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 in a season, Dantzler was a solo wrecking crew against N.C. State in 2002, accounting for 517 yards and six touchdowns.

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