College GameDay (football)

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College GameDay
2015 ESPN College GameDay logo.jpg
Present logo
Starring Rece Davis
Lee Corso
Kirk Herbstreit
Desmond Howard
David Pollack
Maria Taylor
Country of origin United States
Production
Location(s) Bristol, Connecticut (1987–1992)
On location (1993–present)
Running time 180 minutes
Release
Original network ESPN
Original release 1987 (1987) – present

College GameDay (branded as ESPN College GameDay built by The Home Depot for sponsorship reasons) is a pre-game show broadcast by ESPN as part of the network's coverage of college football, broadcast on Saturday mornings during the college football season, prior to the start of games with a 12:00 p.m. ET kickoff; in its current form, the program is typically broadcast from the campus of the team hosting a featured game being played that day (such as one being broadcast by an ESPN network or ABC), and features news and analysis of the day's upcoming games.

It first aired in 1987 with Tim Brando as host and Lee Corso and Beano Cook as commentators, giving an overview of college football games, but the show underwent a radical transformation beginning in 1993, and began incorporating live broadcasts. Today, the only original cast member remaining is Lee Corso.[1] Rece Davis serves as host and Kirk Herbstreit is Corso's counterpart. Desmond Howard was added to the cast of the show in 2008. Craig James served as an analyst from 1990 to 1995. Erin Andrews joined the GameDay crew as a co-host and contributor in 2010, replaced in 2012 by Samantha Ponder (and in 2017 by Maria Taylor after Ponder left to become host of Sunday NFL Countdown that same year). In 2015, Rece Davis (also host of the college basketball version of GameDay) replaced Chris Fowler as host of the show; in 2010, the program was expanded from two to three hours, with the opening hour broadcast on ESPNU until 2013.

The show is known for its prediction segment that appears at the end of each broadcast. Typically there are four predictors: Corso, Herbstreit, Howard, and an invited guest, usually a celebrity, prominent athlete, or radio personality associated with the host school for that week, the show always concludes with Corso's prediction for the host school's game, after which he dons the mascot's headgear of the team he predicts to win the game, usually to the ire or excitement of local fans.

Personalities[edit]

The GameDay crew record a post-game segment for SportsCenter at Nebraska on September 15, 2007.

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History[edit]

In 1993, GameDay began broadcasting live from outside a stadium hosting a game most Saturdays, the selected stadium is usually hosting one of the biggest matchups of the day, regardless of whether the game airs on an ESPN network. The first show "on the road" took place at South Bend, Indiana for the match up between #2 Notre Dame and #1 FSU, the show takes on a festive tailgate party atmosphere, as thousands of fans gather behind the broadcast set, in view of the show's cameras. Many fans bring flags or hand-painted signs as well, and the school's cheerleaders and mascots often join in the celebration. Crowds at GameDay tapings are known to be quite boisterous and very spirited. Flags seen at the broadcast are not limited to those of the home team; for example, one large Washington State flag can be seen at every broadcast, regardless of the location or the teams involved. The idea began in 2003 on WSU online fan forums and has resulted in the flag, nicknamed "Ol' Crimson," being present at over 200 consecutive GameDay broadcasts since 2003.[3][4][5]

The show's current intro and theme music is performed by country music duo Big & Rich, who perform their 2005 crossover hit "Comin' to Your City" with revised lyrics that mention several top college teams and a guest appearance by Cowboy Troy. Rap artist Travie McCoy (of Gym Class Heroes) now appears in the intro for this show, starting with 2014 season, as well as Lzzy Hale, lead vocalist and guitarist of the rock group Halestorm. Additional music that has been used for the show include "Boom" by the rock group P.O.D. and God Bless Saturday by Kid Rock.

At Virginia Tech in November 2005, Corso picks Miami to upset the Hokies. Note the head of Sebastian the Ibis.

Typically, the show will end with Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit issuing their predictions for that day's key matchups, finishing with the game to be played at the stadium hosting GameDay, for which Corso signifies his prediction by donning the head piece of the mascot of his predicted winner. Starting with the 2009 season, a celebrity guest picker gives picks for the day's key games alongside the GameDay regulars (such as Bob Knight when GameDay aired from Texas Tech in 2008, or NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. when GameDay aired from Bristol Motor Speedway, a NASCAR track, in 2016 also Verne Lundquist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama due to his Final Season calling College Football games on CBS). Prior to 2009, this was not done on a regular basis. Herbstreit, who in 2006 became a game analyst for ABC's Saturday Night Football, is not allowed to make a pick for the game at which he is assigned due to parent company Disney's conflict of interest rules; however, he is allowed to give one or two keys to the game.

In past years, when no suitably important game was available, it would originate instead from the ESPN studios.

College GameDay was also a source for many arguments regarding the purported east coast bias: From 1993 until 2004, GameDay had only been to two regular season games on the entire West Coast (1998 at UCLA and 2000 at Oregon). Given the popularity of the show and the media coverage it brought to the highlighted game, teams and fans of the West Coast teams felt that the show was only magnifying the perceived problems with excess media focus on East, South and Midwest games; ESPN attributed its lack of West Coast games to the need for a very early start time (07:00 AM PST) and an alleged lack of high quality matchups.[6]

With the addition of the Saturday Night Football game on ABC in 2006, GameDay has increasingly aired from that game, this could be done for many reasons including the fact Kirk Herbstreit is on both programs, thus making it easier for him. Another reason could be to give the Saturday Night Football game added exposure.

Beginning with the show's 21st season (2007), College GameDay began broadcasting in high-definition on ESPN HD.

College GameDay expanded to 3 hours, with the first hour being televised on ESPNU beginning September 4, 2010. In addition, ESPN Radio simulcasts the television version from 9am-noon ET. Other changes include the addition of a female contributor—first Erin Andrews in 2010 and 2011, and then Samantha Ponder (then known by her maiden name, Samantha Steele) after Andrews left ESPN for Fox following the 2011 season. Both Andrews and Ponder have anchored several segments during the first hour on ESPNU, contributed during the ESPN portion, and also worked as a sideline reporter on the game from which College GameDay originated, if it aired on one of the ESPN family of networks (i.e. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ABC).[7]

Beginning with the 2013 season, the third hour moved to ESPN and was hosted by Fowler.

As previously mentioned, beginning with the 29th season (2015), Rece Davis (who is also the host of the college basketball version) replaced Chris Fowler as the football version's new host. Fowler, in turn, was reduced to play-by-play duties on ABC's Saturday Night Football. Also on September 5, 2015 in conjunction with Davis' hosting debut, College GameDay debuted an entirely new on-air look, along with a new program logo, new theme music and new graphics.

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Division I-A/FBS rankings are from the AP Poll at the time of the game.[8] FCS rankings are from the STATS LLC poll at the time of the game.

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Appearances by school[edit]

Appearances through November 25, 2017

The Florida Gators have been featured on GameDay 37 times, which makes them third in most total appearances.
Alabama has hosted GameDay on campus 13 times and has made a total of 41 appearances on GameDay, making them first in most total appearances. The first three appearances were off-campus from Legion Field in Birmingham.
Ohio State has hosted GameDay 16 times on campus, more than any other school, and is second in most total appearances, with 40. Alabama is second when it comes to on-campus visits, at 13.
Air Force is the only "Group of Five" school to have hosted GameDay three times.
North Dakota State is one of two FCS programs to host GameDay twice (James Madison is the other).
Washington State has been featured twice, but GameDay has not yet visited Martin Stadium (pictured). A Washington State Cougars flag has flown at every GameDay broadcast since 2004.
With the completion of the 2014 season, the SEC became the first (and is currently the only) conference to have all of its members host GameDay at least once (although Missouri has never hosted while an SEC member; it hosted as a Big 12 member). The SEC has also hosted GameDay more than any other conference.[13]
School Appearances Hosted Record Win Pct Last Hosted
Alabama 41 13 26–14 .650 October 22, 2016
Ohio State 40 16 27–13 .675 October 28, 2017
Florida 37 12 24–13 .649 October 20, 2012
Florida State 34 11 17–17 .500 October 18, 2014
Oklahoma 33 7 23–10 .697 October 27, 2012
Michigan 28 11 15–13 .556 October 17, 2015
Notre Dame 28 8 12–16 .429 October 13, 2012
LSU 27 11 16–11 .593 November 5, 2016
USC 23 10 17–6 .739 November 16, 2013
Oregon 22 9 14–8 .636 September 6, 2014
Tennessee 21 9 10–11 .476 September 24, 2016
Miami 19 7 13–6 .684 November 11, 2017
Auburn 18 9 8–9 .471 November 25, 2017
Penn State 18 6 7–11 .389 October 21, 2017
Georgia 17 3 4–13 .235 September 28, 2013
Clemson 16 5 9–7 .563 October 1, 2016
Nebraska 16 6 8–8 .500 September 15, 2007
Wisconsin 16 8 6–10 .333 November 18, 2017
Texas 15 6 9–6 .600 September 19, 2009
Michigan State 14 8 8–6 .571 September 12, 2015
Virginia Tech 14 6 4–10 .286 September 30, 2017
Stanford 10 1 5–5 .500 November 12, 2011
Oklahoma State 8 6 1–7 .125 November 4, 2017
South Carolina 8 7 3–5 .375 September 27, 2014
UCLA 8 1 3–5 .375 October 17, 1998
Iowa 7 2 1–6 .143 September 30, 2006
Texas A&M 7 5 2–5 .286 October 8, 2016
Army 6 1 1–5 .167 September 27, 2003
Colorado 6 3 2–4 .333 September 14, 1996
Kansas State 6 2 1–5 .167 October 14, 2000
Missouri 6 1 3–3 .500 October 23, 2010
TCU 6 2 6–0 1.000 October 7, 2017
Washington 6 2 1–5 .167 November 12, 2016
Utah 5 4 2–3 .400 October 29, 2016
Georgia Tech 4 2 0–4 .000 September 2, 2006
Louisville 4 2 2–2 .500 September 16, 2017
Navy 4 0 2–2 .500 N/A
Texas Tech 4 1 1–3 .250 November 1, 2008
West Virginia 4 2 1–3 .250 November 1, 2014
Air Force 3 3 2–1 .667 November 7, 2009
Arizona 3 2 0–3 .000 September 26, 2015
Arizona State 3 1 0–3 .000 October 1, 2005
Baylor 3 2 1–2 .333 November 14, 2015
California 3 0 1–2 .333 N/A
Northwestern 3 2 1–2 .333 October 5, 2013
Ole Miss 3 1 2–1 .667 October 4, 2014
Oregon State 3 1 0–3 .000 December 4, 2010
Purdue 3 1 1–2 .333 October 16, 2004
Arkansas 2 1 1–1 .500 November 11, 2006
Boston College 2 2 1–1 .500 October 3, 2009
BYU 2 1 0–2 .000 October 24, 2009
Harvard 2 1 1–1 .500 November 22, 2014
Illinois 2 0 1–1 .500 N/A
James Madison 2 2 1–1 .500 October 14, 2017
Mississippi State 2 1 1–1 .500 October 11, 2014
North Carolina 2 1 0–2 .000 November 8, 1997
North Dakota State 2 2 2–0 1.000 September 13, 2014
Pittsburgh 2 2 1–1 .500 September 3, 2005
Syracuse 2 0 0–2 .000 N/A
Washington State 2 0 0–2 .000 N/A
Amherst 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Boise State 1 1 1–0 1.000 September 25, 2010
Bowling Green 1 1 1–0 1.000 October 25, 2003
Buffalo 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Delaware State 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
East Carolina 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Florida A&M 1 1 1–0 1.000 November 15, 2008
Grambling State 1 0 1–0 1.000 N/A
Hampton 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Houston 1 1 1–0 1.000 November 19, 2011
Incarnate Word 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Indiana 1 1 0–1 .000 August 31, 2017
Kansas 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Kentucky 1 1 0–1 .000 October 20, 2007
NC State 1 1 0–1 .000 October 23, 2004
Northern Illinois 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Penn 1 1 1–0 1.000 November 16, 2002
Richmond 1 0 1–0 1.000 N/A
SMU 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
South Florida 1 0 1–0 1.000 N/A
Southern 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Temple 1 1 0–1 .000 October 31, 2015
Troy 1 0 1-0 1.000 N/A
UCF 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Vanderbilt 1 1 1–0 1.000 November 4, 2008
Villanova 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A
Western Michigan 1 1 1–0 1.000 November 19, 2016
Williams 1 1 1–0 1.000 November 10, 2007
Yale 1 0 0–1 .000 N/A

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived October 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d [2] Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Steward Mandel, Burning questions about BCS, a few candidates for Tennessee and more, SI.com, November 12, 2008, Accessed November 12, 2008.
  4. ^ Michael Hiestand, 'GameDay' flag relay is worth a salute, USA TODAY, October 30, 2008, Accessed November 12, 2008.
  5. ^ "Ol' Crimson Booster Club - Waving the Washington State University flag on ESPN College Gameday since 2003. Keep the WSU streak alive, donate today. Go Cougs!". Olcrimson.org. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  6. ^ As Mark Gross, coordinating producer of GameDay, noted: "You're asking a thousand people to show up 12 hours before the game starts [. . . ] By no means are we ignoring (USC). We always discuss the possibility, but the time is something to think about." Patrick Kinmartin, What time is it? Time for 'College GameDay' to make its way to L.A., The Daily Trojan, April 8, 2004.
  7. ^ [3] Archived July 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "ESPN College GameDay Year-by-Year". Stevesams.com. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  9. ^ "ESPN College GameDay Coming to Blacksburg | TechSideline.com". Virginiatech.sportswar.com. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  10. ^ "Verge Saturday A Week-Long Interactive Celebration Of College Football". Sports.espn.go.com. 2001-09-04. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  11. ^ "Scoring Summary (Final)". Archived from the original on November 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Google Fusion Tables". Google.com. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  13. ^ "The last time College GameDay visited every SEC school". Saturdaydownsouth.com. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 

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