Slow Roll With the Tide
The commercial-break stage prep for Brad Paisley's "Country Nation" was hilarious, with dozens of college mascots adjusting their headpieces and wobbling into place on stage. Audience members couldn't help pointing to their favorites. But when ESPN's College GameDay hosts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit tried to get fans inside the arena to cheer for their favorite teams during the song's announcement, the reaction was unenthusiastic, with the audience appearing far more willing to applaud music more than football (perhaps a first in the South). And when the GameDay duo tried to raise the Alabama rallying cry, there were precious few takers — and even a few boos. Once Paisley name-checked the (Tennessee) Volunteers during the song, though, he was able to coax a little more love from the home-state crowd. M.L.