ESPN’s College GameDay Heads to Sundance Square for Opening Weekend

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ESPN’s College GameDay Heads to Sundance Square for Opening Weekend

College Football Live Airs from Atlanta on Thursday

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – will begin the 2014 season from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. The weekly three-hour Emmy Award-winning show (Saturday 9 a.m.-noon) will open on August 30 in advance of the Cowboys Classic. The annual neutral-site matchup from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will pit the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday Night Football as part of DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week at 8 p.m. on ABC.

SportsCenter segments will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday from Sundance Square, and College Football Live will originate from the GameDay set at 2:30 p.m.

Hosted by Chris Fowler, the GameDay team consists of analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack with reporting by Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski. Fowler and Herbstreit join together in the booth for the first time to call the weekly Saturday Night Football series on ABC with reporter Heather Cox.

The first week of College GameDay will be the 240th headgear selection for Corso, and he holds a 9-6 all-time week 1 record. Corso has picked Florida State 16 times with a 10-6 record, and has selected Oklahoma State twice, with a 1-1 mark.

College GameDay will make its final stop in Sundance Square to preview the inaugural College Football National Championship, to be played on Monday, Jan. 12, on ESPN, also at AT&T Stadium.

On-site studio coverage will begin on Thursday, Aug. 28, with ESPN’s daily College Football Live from the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 in advance of the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game featuring Boise State vs. Ole Miss at the Georgia Dome. College Football Countdown will commence from the stadium at 7 p.m. Hosts Scott Van Pelt and Chris Cotter with analysts Lou Holtz, Mark May and Brian Griese will all be onsite in Atlanta.

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Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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