College GameDay Heads to SEC Championship Game in Atlanta as No. 1 Alabama faces No. 4 Georgia

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College GameDay Heads to SEC Championship Game in Atlanta as No. 1 Alabama faces No. 4 Georgia

  • Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart to Join the Show from International Plaza Outside Mercedes Benz Stadium
  • CFP Selection Committee Chair Rob Mullens to Discuss Selection Day

The top two SEC teams meet again. Ahead of the rematch of last year’s College Football Playoff championship game, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will be live from International Plaza, just outside of Mercedes Benz Stadium, from 9 a.m. – noon ET, on ESPN and ESPNU. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart will join the set live at 11 a.m. ahead of the SEC championship game, as the Bulldogs face the Alabama Tide. Additionally, College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chair Rob Mullens will also join the show to discuss Selection Day.

Live programming, including SportsCenter and College Football Live, will occur throughout the day on Friday, Nov. 30, 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.

Show highlights

  • Big Dawgs – For three generations, one family of Georgia super fans has carried on a tradition – painting the Georgia Bulldog logo on their heads since 1981. Now, after his father Mike “Big Dawg” Woods passed away in 2017, Trent Woods continues the family’s legacy. Reporter: Gene Wojciechowski
  • “Ohana” – Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s play is inspired by a single word – Ohana – which in his world, contains a way of life and explains his journey from Oahu to Tuscaloosa. A preview and additional details here. Reporter: Tom Rinaldi
  • Common Ground: Kyler Murray Convo – Tim Tebow visits Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray to discuss baseball, the Heisman and leading the Sooners on the hunt for the Big 12 Championship. Reporter: Tim Tebow

Corso to Make Headgear Selection No. 325; College GameDay by the Numbers
Coach Corso will make headgear selection No. 325 this weekend in Atlanta. The lovable personality now has a career record of 210-114, including 7-6 record this season.

Corso Facts

  • Corso is 4-1 in his previous five SEC Championship Game headgear picks, losing only in 2008 when he picked Alabama to beat Florida.
  • Corso has picked Alabama 30 times, more than any other team
    • He’s 20-10 when picking the Tide, but just 4-3 in his last six instances
  • Corso has picked against Alabama 10 times, 8 of those coming in the Nick Saban era
    • He is 1-7 when picking against a Nick Saban-led Alabama team, including losses in each of his last five picks going against the Tide.
  • Corso is 0-4 when picking Georgia – that’s the most times Lee has picked a team without being correct once.
    • He’s picked against Georgia 14 times and is 8-6 with those 14 picks, including incorrectly picking Florida to beat Georgia in October.
  • Corso has picked the favorite eight straight years in Week 14; he’s 6-2 in those picks.

Stats from ‘The Bear’

  • This is GameDay’s sixth visit to the SEC Championship Game and the first since 2012 when Alabama beat Georgia 32-28.
  • This is also the sixth time GameDay will be present for an Alabama-Georgia game
    • Alabama is 3-2 in the previous five games and four of the five games were decided by four points or fewer

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.