Eye of the Tiger: College GameDay to Originate from Baton Rouge Ahead of ESPN Primetime Matchup Between No. 7 Florida Gators and No. 5 LSU Tigers

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Eye of the Tiger: College GameDay to Originate from Baton Rouge Ahead of ESPN Primetime Matchup Between No. 7 Florida Gators and No. 5 LSU Tigers

College GameDay Built by the Home Depot will originate from Baton Rouge, La., ahead of the SEC matchup between No. 7 Florida and No. 5 LSU. The three-hour pregame show (9 a.m. – noon ET), will be live from the Campus Quad.

College GameDay will air on ESPN and ESPNU as it does each Saturday throughout the season. Countdown to GameDay Live sponsored by Coca-Cola and Samsung QLED, will also be live on-site on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and the ESPN App, featuring ESPN college football reporter and analyst Maria Taylor, college football analyst David Pollack, ESPN Radio host Jason Fitz, and a number of college football analysts and reporters.

The show precedes a full slate of action across ESPN networks, beginning at noon ET. ABC Saturday Night Football will feature No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa, airing at 7:30 p.m., with Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe on the call. ESPN’s primetime matchup between No. 7 Florida and No. 5 LSU will air at 8 p.m., with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi on the call.

Beginning this weekend on Oct. 12, ESPN will deliver select regular season college football games live in native 4K resolution as part of the “Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week.” This agreement with Samsung, who serves as production collaborator and presenting sponsor, kicks off with Saturday’s matchup between No. 7 University of Florida and No. 5 Louisiana State University at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and DIRECTV on channel 107.9at*. This “Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week” live telecast marks the first in a package that includes six college football games this season, as well as a 4K feed that will be part of ESPN’s “Megacast” presentation of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 13, 2020.

Show Highlights

  • Horns Down – The Hook ‘em Horns hand sign: what began decades ago as a tribute to Texas has now become a battle between the ups and the downs. Reporter: Gene Wojciechowski
  • Not Your Average Joe – Joe Burrow has played his way into the Heisman conversation, but if that’s all you’ve heard about him, well, you don’t know Joe. The LSU quarterback sits down to share his many sides – from his toughness, love for cartoons and why his grandmother might be the family’s best athlete, to his fascination with superluminal time travel. Reporter: Tom Rinaldi
  • Still Hurts – The saga of Jalen Hurts has been parsed, pixelized and dissected by just about everyone… everyone except Jalen himself. As the Oklahoma quarterback prepares for his first Red River Game, Wright Thompson explains why the Heisman contender’s actions speak far louder than his words ever could.

Corso Facts

  • Corso is 15-7 when picking the Gators, and 4-7 when picking against the Gators
  • Corso has picked LSU 19 times – the Tigers are 13-6 when Lee dons the Tiger headgear
    • Lee has picked against LSU nine times and is 6-3 when picking against the Tigers
    • LSU has lost each of the last four times Lee has picked against them
  • Corso has won each of his last three headgear picks and dating back to last year has won nine of his last 11 picks
    • Lee is 9-3 in headgear picks in Baton Rouge.

Stats from ‘The Bear’

  • Saturday’s GameDay is road show no. 373 and headgear pick no. 338 for Lee Corso
  • This is the show’s 13th trip to Baton Rouge, and first for a non-Alabama game since 2014 (vs. Ole Miss)
  • LSU is 6-1 with GameDay in Baton Rouge when the Tigers face someone other than Alabama. The lone loss came vs. Florida in 2009
  • Florida is the first team to be involved in consecutive regular season GameDay shows since October 2017 (Penn State vs. Michigan and vs. Ohio State)
  • Number 7 hasn’t had much luck with GameDay in town lately. Last week No. 7 Auburn lost in Gainesville. On September 21, No. 7 Notre Dame lost at Georgia
    • This week, No. 7 Florida heads to LSU
  • This is the fourth time GameDay has attended a Florida vs. LSU game in Baton Rouge
    • LSU has won two of the previous three. Florida won the only meeting with LSU that GameDay has attended in Gainesville.


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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