College GameDay Heads to No. 2 LSU at No. 3 Alabama for 11th Time in Show’s History

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College GameDay Heads to No. 2 LSU at No. 3 Alabama for 11th Time in Show’s History

Tuscaloosa, AL – October 21, 2016 – University of Alabama: David Pollack, Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit on the set of College GameDay Built by the Home Depot
(Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

As college football celebrates its 150th anniversary, ESPN is making its way to Tuscaloosa for one of the biggest matchups this season. College GameDay Built by the Home Depot (9 a.m. – noon ET) will be live from The Quad on Alabama’s campus, preceding an SEC Clash with No. 2 LSU facing No. 3 Alabama. The three-hour traveling pregame show will take place just 100 yards away from SEC Nation, airing at 10 a.m. on SEC Network.

The 11-time Emmy Award-winning show is hosted by Rece Davis, and joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Jen Lada, Tom Rinaldi, Maria Taylor and Gene Wojciechowski.

SEC Nation is hosted by Laura Rutledge, alongside analysts Paul Finebaum, Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, and reporter Marty Smith. A special live edition of Marty & McGee with Smith and Ryan McGee will air from 9 – 10 a.m. on the SEC Nation set.

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 Jason Fitz, David Pollack, Maria Taylor, and a number of college football analysts and reporters.

The shows precede a full slate of action across ESPN networks, beginning at noon ET. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be on the call for NC State at No. 5 Clemson, with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

Show Highlights

  • 3’s Up: For Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, 3’s Up is more than a motto – it’s a memory with a mission and a tribute to the legacy of a best friend who saw the path for Henry, well before anyone else did. Reporter: Tom Rinaldi
  • Games of the Century: College football has been played in the 1800s, 1900s and 2000s. So why exactly do we have so many games of the century? As LSU and Alabama prepare for another, we explore the history and the pageantry of the games of the century. Reporter: Gene Wojciechowski
  • A Hero Among Us: The first of Ohio State’s eight national championships in football was won in 1942 with the help of All-American lineman Chuck Csuri. The following year Csuri was drafted and served in WWII, and received the Bronze Star in 1945 for heroism in the Battle of the Bulge. The former Ohio State Captain shares his story of the battles waged, the lessons learned, and the man it helped to make. Reporter: Marty Smith

Corso Facts

  • Corso is 3-1 in headgear picks in Tuscaloosa, with the teams splitting four games
    • With GameDay present, Alabama has won eight and Lee is 7-3 in headgear picks
  • Corso has picked LSU 20 times and the Tigers are 14-6 when Lee dons the Tiger headgear
    • He 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 picked Alabama 32 times, more than any other team; he’s 22-10 when picking the Tide
  • Corso has picked against Alabama 11 times, nine of those coming in the Nick Saban era
    • He is 2-7 when picking against a Nick Saban-led Alabama team, however he did correctly pick Clemson to beat the Tide in the 2019 National Championship Game
  • Corso saw his six-game headgear winning streak come to an end last week in Memphis

Stats from ‘The Bear’

  • Saturday marks road show number 377 and headgear pick no. 342 for Lee Corso
  • This is the 11th time GameDay has been to the Alabama-LSU game, the most of any matchup
    • This is the 14th time GameDay has been to Tuscaloosa – and the first since 2017 vs. Texas A&M. Alabama is just 6-7 with GameDay in T-Town (6-3 in Nick Saban era).



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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