300th College GameDay Road Show – from Independence Hall in Philadelphia for Notre Dame/Temple

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300th College GameDay Road Show – from Independence Hall in Philadelphia for Notre Dame/Temple

ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – will air from historic Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 31, in anticipation for the Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo tilt between No. 9 Notre Dame and undefeated and 21st-ranked Temple at 8 p.m. from Lincoln Financial Field.  The Emmy Award-winning show – airing on Halloween for just the second time – will be based on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets from 9 a.m.-noon on ESPN.

H­ost Rece Davis – in his first season at the College GameDay desk –  is joined by analysts Kirk HerbstreitLee CorsoDesmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha PonderTom RinaldiGeorge Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski. Herbstreit will call the game with Chris Fowler and reporter Heather Cox.

College Football Live will originate from the College GameDay set Friday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. on ESPN with Ponder, Howard and Pollack at the desk.

College GameDay Fun Facts:

  • This marks the 300th GameDay road show with Notre Dame hosting the first one on November 13, 1993.
  • Temple will be the 66th different school to host the show with the previous 65 going 40-25 in their debut home game.
  • Temple is the 82nd different team to be represented at a GameDay site game.
  • Corso has never picked had a headgear selection involving Temple – and if he surprisingly goes with the double-digit underdog – it will be the 54th different mascot head he has donned.
  • This is the second GameDay road show on Halloween. In 2009, the show was in Eugene on Halloween for the Ducks 47-20 win over USC.
  • This is the second time the show has been to Philadelphia (November 2002 for Harvard/Penn game at Franklin Field).
  • Corso is just 2-6 in headgear picks this year and a loss would mean it’s the first time he has had two separate three-game losing streaks in the first nine weeks of the season. 2002 was the only other time Corso was 2-6 or worse through eight headgear picks. And that is also the only time he has been 2-7 or worse through nine headgear picks (was 1-8 in 2002).
  • This is the 27th time GameDay has originated from a Notre Dame game. That ranks sixth on the appearance list behind Alabama (34), Florida (34), Ohio State (33), Florida State (31) and Oklahoma (29).
  • Corso is 4-3 in headgear picks when picking Notre Dame (lost three straight) and is 9-5 when picking against the Irish. Lee picked the Irish earlier this year at Clemson when they lost 24-22.


Rachel Margolis Siegal

A part of the Internal Communications team at ESPN, I began with the network in 2010 as part of the College Sports PR team. Always an avid sports fan and not an athlete – I grew up a huge fan of the Hartford Whalers, while also watching my brother compete at different levels. I became 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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