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U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Jeffrey Downie and U.S. Military Academy Cadet Chuck Nadd square off over who will win the Air Force vs. Army football game during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7 in Colorado. "College GameDay's" latest Academy visit is part of ESPN's salute to veterans of the U.S. armed forces, which will include a week of programming -- "America's Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans" -- culminating in special "SportsCenter" editions from West Point on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. This is "College GameDay's" third visit to the Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Jeffrey Downie and U.S. Military Academy Cadet Chuck Nadd square off over who will win the Air Force vs. Army football game during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7 in Colorado. "College GameDay's" latest Academy visit is part of ESPN's salute to veterans of the U.S. armed forces, which will include a week of programming -- "America's Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans" -- culminating in special "SportsCenter" editions from West Point on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. This is "College GameDay's" third visit to the Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy cheer for their school during a broadcast of ESPN's "College GameDay" from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7 before the Air Force vs. Army football game in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy cheer for their school during a broadcast of ESPN's "College GameDay" from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7 before the Air Force vs. Army football game in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso wears the U.S. Air Force Academy's "The Bird" mascot head after predicting an Academy win with fellow analyst Kurt Herbstreit during a broadcast of ESPN's "College GameDay" from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7, 2009, before the Air Force vs. Army football game in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso wears the U.S. Air Force Academy's "The Bird" mascot head after predicting an Academy win with fellow analyst Kurt Herbstreit during a broadcast of ESPN's "College GameDay" from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7, 2009, before the Air Force vs. Army football game in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Aurora, a falcon mascot of the U.S. Air Force Academy, reacts to an F-16 Fighting Falcons fly-by during filming of ESPN's "College GameDay" from the U.S. Air Force Academy from the Terrazzo for the Air Force vs. Army football game Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Aurora, a falcon mascot of the U.S. Air Force Academy, reacts to an F-16 Fighting Falcons fly-by during filming of ESPN's "College GameDay" from the U.S. Air Force Academy from the Terrazzo for the Air Force vs. Army football game Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

A member of the U.S. Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Parachute team maneuvers past the spires of the Cadet Chapel toward a successful landing Nov. 7 at the Terrazzo during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from the Academy for the Air Force vs. Army football game in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

A member of the U.S. Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Parachute team maneuvers past the spires of the Cadet Chapel toward a successful landing Nov. 7 at the Terrazzo during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from the Academy for the Air Force vs. Army football game in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

U.S. Air Force Academy cheerleaders perform at the Terrazzo during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from the Academy for the Air Force vs. Army football game Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

U.S. Air Force Academy cheerleaders perform at the Terrazzo during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from the Academy for the Air Force vs. Army football game Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Lt. Col. Scott Thomas, an All-American defensive back for the 1985 U.S. Air Force Academy  football team, reveals his prediction for the winner of the Air Force vs. Army football game with ESPN's "College GameDay" crew live from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colonel Thomas is assigned to the Air Force Reserve 97th Flying Training Squadron commander at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Lt. Col. Scott Thomas, an All-American defensive back for the 1985 U.S. Air Force Academy football team, reveals his prediction for the winner of the Air Force vs. Army football game with ESPN's "College GameDay" crew live from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colonel Thomas is assigned to the Air Force Reserve 97th Flying Training Squadron commander at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

U.S. Air Force Academy cheerleaders perform at the Terrazzo during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from the Academy for the Air Force vs. Army football game Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

U.S. Air Force Academy cheerleaders perform at the Terrazzo during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from the Academy for the Air Force vs. Army football game Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Chris Fowler (left) and Lee Corso, two of ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcasters joke during a live broadcast from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7 before the Air Force vs. Army football game in Colorado Springs, Colo. The latest Academy visit is part of ESPN's salute to veterans of the U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Chris Fowler (left) and Lee Corso, two of ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcasters joke during a live broadcast from the U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 7 before the Air Force vs. Army football game in Colorado Springs, Colo. The latest Academy visit is part of ESPN's salute to veterans of the U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy cheer during a fly-by of F-16 Fighting Falcons during a broadcast of ESPN's "College GameDay" from the Academy before the Air Force vs. Army football game Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)
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Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy cheer during a fly-by of F-16 Fighting Falcons during a broadcast of ESPN's "College GameDay" from the Academy before the Air Force vs. Army football game Nov. 7, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) -- The popular sports show ESPN "College GameDay" was filmed on location Nov. 7 at the U.S. Air Force Academy prior to the Falcons taking the field against service academy rival, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

About 1,000 Air Force and Army cadets crowded the terrazzo holding signs displaying their enthusiasm for their respective teams.

This was only the third time in the show' s history that it was filmed at the Academy, the last broadcast occurring in 2002.

"We've known ESPN would be here for about a week," said Air Force Cadet 4th Class Nicholas Owen. "All the upper classmen have been talking about it and the wing commander sent out an e-mail about it. This is a chance for everyone to see how upbeat the Academy is."

Filmed only two days after the Nov. 5 tragic slaying at Fort Hood, Texas, the show's cast acknowledged that despite the interservice rivalry and spirit of competition, the U.S. military stands united and ready to defend America.

Former all-American safety and Academy graduate Lt. Col. Scott Thomas was a guest picker at the end of the show and echoed this sentiment.

"Know this, each and every one of you are Army strong," Colonel Thomas said. "You will recover and you will continue to be a part of the most feared fighting force in the history of the world. We play these games in honor of the fallen."

The two-hour segment featured an F-16 Fighting Falcon flyover and an aerial demonstration by the Wings of Blue, the Academy's cadet parachute team.