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Sixth time GameDay Attends Michigan-Ohio State game
ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – will, for the first time, extend to five hours (7 a.m.-noon), this Saturday, Nov. 26, in advance of No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State (noon, ABC). Attending the historic matchup for the sixth overall time, the majority of the first four hours will originate from outside Ohio Stadium in front of the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) on OSU’s campus, and then finish the telecast from an on-field set in Ohio Stadium.
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.
Friday’s 10 a.m.-noon SportsCenter will take place from the set with Sara Walsh anchoring. Reporter Jeannine Edwards will be in Columbus starting Wednesday and Michele Steel will report from Ann Arbor.
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 13 will be headgear number 288 for Corso, as he is 190-97 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 has put on Ohio State headgear 21 times – second only to Alabama (24).
- He is 15-6 when picking Ohio State.
- He has picked against Ohio State 14 times, which is tied for the second-highest number of times picking against a team.
- He is 6-8 when picking against the Buckeyes and lost the last two – and three of the last four times – he has picked against Ohio State.
- He has lost four of his last seven headgear picks in Columbus.
- Corso has picked Michigan ten times, going 7-3 in those nine games.
- He has also picked against Michigan nine times going 6-3 in those nine.
- Corso has picked the underdog to win in Week 13 each of the last three years (lost 2 of the 3).
‘The Bear’ College GameDay Fun Facts:
- This is the sixth Michigan-Ohio State game that GameDay has attended and the third time GameDay has been to Columbus for the site of this game (2002, 2006).
- Ohio State won both of those games by five points or fewer and went on to play for the national championship both years, winning in 2002 and losing in 2006.
- Michigan has won two of the three in Ann Arbor (won in 1997 and 2003, lost in 2007).
- Six visits is the fifth most-visited game for GameDay, behind Alabama vs. LSU (9), Florida vs. Tennessee (8) and Florida State vs. Miami and Florida vs. Florida State (7)
- This is the 36th time GameDay has been to the site of an Ohio State game – that trails only Alabama (38).
- This is the 25th time GameDay will be at a Michigan Game
- This is the third time Jim Harbaugh will field a team at a GameDay In 2010, Stanford lost 52-31 at Oregon and last year Michigan lost at home to Michigan State.
- Ohio State has lost three of the last four times GameDay has been in Columbus (2015 vs. Michigan State, 2009 vs. USC and 2008 vs. Penn State)
- This is the 39th on-campus matchup between top -5 teams from which GameDay has originated (last being Clemson over Louisville in October).
ESPN & Jaunt VR
ESPN and College Gameday will again team up with Jaunt VR, one of the innovative startups showcased in the Disney Accelerator program. Jaunt, a creator of high quality cinematic Virtual Reality technology and content, will have multiple camera teams capturing the College GameDay on site for the OSU-Michigan game. Working closely with ESPN producers, Jaunt will capture footage throughout the day, using their 360-degree stereographic cinematic VR camera system, the footage will be stitched together algorithmically using the Jaunt cloud platform before going into post-production in collaboration with ESPN. Once completed the content will be available through the Jaunt VR app across VR headsets and on the web (in 360-degree video format).