Happy Valley Welcomes College GameDay for Week 5 Show Ahead of Top Ten Showdown Between No. 4 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State on ABC’s Saturday Night Football

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Happy Valley Welcomes College GameDay for Week 5 Show Ahead of Top Ten Showdown Between No. 4 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State on ABC’s Saturday Night Football

College GameDay Images

  • College GameDay’s Ninth Appearance from a Buckeyes-Nittany Lions Game, Tied as the Most from Any Single Matchup
  • The Competitor: Reporter Gene Wojciechowski on Nittany Lions QB Trace McSorley and His Ultimate Competitive Nature
  • The Promise: Reporter Tom Rinaldi Revisits Tim Tebow’s Fiery Postgame Speech Ten Years Later

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is making its way back to Happy Valley this season for its sixth trip to State College, Pa., originating from the Old Main lawn on Penn State’s campus on Saturday, Sept. 29 (9 a.m. – noon ET) and simulcast on ESPNU.

This is the show’s ninth time appearing at an Ohio State-Penn State matchup, tieing the Big Ten game with Alabama-LSU as the most attended matchup in GameDay history.

Live programming, including SportsCenter and College Football Live, will occur throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 28, and leading into the show on Saturday morning.

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.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football will showcase No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State (7:30 p.m.), as the Nittany Lions annual White Out game is showcased on the network once again. Two seasons ago, Penn State beat the Buckeyes in dramatic fashion in the White Out, as Penn State blocked a field goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown, giving them the lead late in the fourth quarter. Last season in Columbus, the Buckeyes outscored their Big Ten foe 19-3 in the fourth quarter in the come-from-behind victory. This week, a new chapter will be written. Chris Fowler, Herbstreit and Taylor will call the game from Beaver Stadium

Show Highlights

  • Natural Born Winner – What we see on the gridiron is just a sample — Penn State QB Trace McSorley has always been the ultimate competitor, when it comes to EVERYTHING! Reporter: Gene Wojciechowski
  • Family Affair – Being a newlywed, and living in his in-law’s basement is no big deal for Syracuse OL Koda Martin – even if his father-in-law happens to be Orange Head Coach, Dino Babers. Reporter: Jen Lada
  • Promise Kept – It’s been 10 years since Tim Tebow’s fiery postgame speech, later coined “The Promise” – the words still echo in college football history. Reporter: Tom Rinaldi
  • “Snell Yeah” – Putting up impressive numbers while sporting a rally-cry tattoo, & donning a mouthguard with spinners – is making Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. the most interesting “cat” in college football.

Corso to Make Headgear Selection No. 316; College GameDay by the Numbers
Coach Corso will make headgear selection No. 316 this weekend at Penn State. The lovable personality now has a career record of 206-109, including 3-1 record this season.

Corso Facts

  • Corso is 3-1 when picking Penn State with his headgear pick and 9-3 when picking against the Nittany Lions.
  • Corso has picked Ohio State 27 times, which is second only to Alabama, and is 19-8 with those headgear picks; has picked against Ohio State 14 times and is 6-8 in those games.

Stats from ‘The Bear’

  • This is the third time the show has been to State College for Penn State matchup against Ohio State at home; the ninth time GameDay has been to the Ohio State vs. Penn State matchup, regardless of location
    • Ties the Alabama vs. LSU matchup for the most attended matchup in show history
  • This is the 42nd time GameDay will originate from an Ohio State game; tied with Alabama for the most appearances at a GameDay site
  • The last 14 times the show has attended a game between a Top 5 road team vs another Top 10 team, the home team has won 11 of the 14
  • The last time GameDay did a show on September 29, it was 9/29/2012 when Ohio State won 17-16 at Michigan State. That game was Urban Meyer’s first Big Ten game as Ohio State head coach.

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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