College GameDay Heads to Aggieland for Week 2 as Texas A&M Faces No. 2 Clemson

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College GameDay Heads to Aggieland for Week 2 as Texas A&M Faces No. 2 Clemson

  • First-Year Aggies Head Coach Jimbo Fisher to Make Appearance on Set
  • Game Airs on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is heading to College Station, Texas, for Week 2, as the traveling pre-game show airs live from Aggie Park on Saturday, Sept. 8 (9 a.m. – noon ET), and simulcast on ESPNU. Live programming, including SportsCenter, will occur throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 7, and leading into the show on Saturday morning. This marks the sixth time GameDay will originate from the campus of Texas A&M.

Host Rece Davis, who is joined by Lee CorsoKirk Herbstreit, Desmond HowardDavid Pollack and Maria Taylor, as well as contributors Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Jen LadaTom Rinaldi and Gene Wojciechowski.

Dabo Swinney, Jimbo Fisher Square Off for Ninth Consecutive Year
The Tigers-Aggies matchup pits head coaches Dabo Swinney (Clemson) and Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M) against each other for the ninth straight year, but the first non-conference matchup between the two national championship coaches. Over the previous eight meetings, when Fisher was in the ACC, each coach won four times vs the other.

ESPN’s Emmy-winning analyst Herbstreit will be in the booth, with Taylor on sidelines. Rece Davis will call the action, filling in for Chris Fowler who will call the US Open. Saturday’s matchup will air on ESPN at 7 p.m.

Show Highlights

  • 24-Hours with Ed Oliver –Hanging out with the Outland trophy winner to see how one of the most dominant college football players spends his downtime in his hometown of Houston. (Reporter: Jen Lada)
  • Walk-Ons – College football is full of walk-ons grinding at the bottom of the depth charts – until the moment they’re awarded a scholarship and made to the feel like the big man on campus. (Reporter: Gene Wojciechowski)
  • Hilinski’s Hope– Seven months after the death of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, reporter Ivan Maisel shares his own personal story with the Hilinski’s, as they cope with grief and memories (Reporter: Ivan Maisel)
  • TrueSouth: Executive producer Wright Thompson and writer/host John T. Edge will visit the set to talk about their new SEC Network show, TrueSouth, which follows Edge as he travels around the Southern region, introducing viewers to tastemakers, food, culture and history

Corso to Make Headgear Selection No. 312; College GameDay by the Numbers
Coach Corso will make headgear selection No. 313 this weekend in College Station. The lovable personality now has a career record of 204-108, including 1-0 record this season.

  • Corso has picked Clemson six times (record: 4-2); he has picked against Clemson ten times and is 4-6 with those ten picks, losing five straight headgear picks in which he has gone against the Tigers
  • Corso has picked Texas A&M three times, going 1-2 with those headgear picks; has picked against Texas A&M three times, going 3-0 with those headgear picks
  • Corso is 2-4 with his last six Week Two headgear picks; will look to open the year 2-0 in headgear picks for the second straight year


Stats from ‘The Bear’

  • The Aggies are 1-4 when hosting GameDay
  • Rece Davis’ first show as host of College GameDay came on November 4, 2006 when Oklahoma beat A&M 17-16. Fowler hosted the Breeders’ Cup that day while Davis hosted the show from College Station
  • This is the 10th time since the start of the 2015 season that Clemson has played at a College GameDay site; ties with Alabama for the most in that span
  • The last two times Dabo Swinney has taken Clemson on the road at the site of College GameDay, the Tigers won both of those games by at least two touchdowns

College GameDay has Outstanding Offseason, Winning Three Sports Emmys
College GameDay continues to be recognized as sports media’s most successful studio show, as the premier pregame show was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show Weekly, winning that category for the fifth consecutive year and its eighth time overall in the category. The show’s journalism and operations technical expertise was also recognized, capturing Sports Emmys for Outstanding Short Feature and Outstanding Tech Team Studio. To date, the show has won 10 Emmys in the last 11 years.




Anna Negron

It was always a dream of mine to work at ESPN, and here I am! I joined the College Sports PR team in March 2016. Hailing from the great Garden State, I graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in sport management, where I not only sang the National Anthem at games, but was also a member of the Seton Hall Sapphires Dance Team and a student reporter for Pirate Sports Network. Before joining ESPN, I served as a Public Relations Associate for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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