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ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – returns to the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for the fourth overall time and second straight year, on Saturday, Oct. 29, in advance of No. 4 Washington at No. 17 Utah. The weekly show airs from 9 a.m.-noon on ESPN from Presidents Circle.
The six-time Emmy Award-winning show is hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Jen Lada, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski.
College Football Live will air from the set on Friday with Ponder, Howard and Pollack (1:30 p.m., ESPN).
Corso began making his entertaining end-of-show headgear pick of the team he thinks will win the game at the GameDay site, marking 20 years this season. Week 9 will be headgear number 284 for Corso, as he is 188-95 all-time in headgear picks. The phenomenon began, on October 5, 1996, prior to the Ohio State-Penn State game in Columbus, Ohio when he put on OSU’s “Brutus Buckeye” mascot head to show his pick to win the game – watch here.
- Corso is 2-0 when picking Utah and 2-0 when picking against Utah.
- He is 3-0 when picking against Washington and is 0-1 when picking Washington (2002 loss at Michigan).
- Corso is 6-2 this year in headgear picks this season and has won his last four. Last year through 8 weeks, he was 2-6. His last in-season five-game winning streak came in 2013.
‘The Bear’ College GameDay Fun Facts:
- This is the fourth trip to Salt Lake City for College GameDay. The first came in 2004 when the Utes beat BYU in their undefeated season under Urban Meyer and the other came in 2010 when TCU beat Utah 47-7.
- Utah also has been the road team in one GameDay site game, losing 55-28 at TCU in 2009.
- This is the first time Washington has been featured at a GameDay show since October 12, 2013, when the Huskies lost to Oregon in Seattle. The Huskies have also been featured in three road games, with the last coming in 2003, when Washington lost at Ohio State.
- Washington is 0-4 with GameDay present with three of the four games decided by double digits.
- Home teams are 5-1 this year with GameDay The lone loss was Wisconsin’s OT defeat to Ohio State.
- The winner has scored at least 30 points in each of the last seven games at which GameDay has been present.