College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Returns for the 2022 Season with a ‘Pitt’ Stop at ‘Backyard Brawl’ Ahead of Week 1

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College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Returns for the 2022 Season with a ‘Pitt’ Stop at ‘Backyard Brawl’ Ahead of Week 1

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot returns for the 2022 college football season with a special stop in Pittsburgh ahead of the week one Saturday opener in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by Rece Davis and joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, the premier pregame show will present an exclusive one-hour edition at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 1, ahead of the Pitt and West Virginia match up.

The show will be making its third visit to Pitt and the special Thursday episode marks the 422nd road show. The College GameDay crew will be live from inside Acrisure Stadium ahead of the “Backyard Brawl” rivalry game (7 p.m. ET on ESPN), and will rejoin the telecast during halftime of the game.

Following Thursday’s game, College GameDay will hit the road for week one in Columbus, ahead of the highly-anticipated matchup between Ohio State and Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 3. The three-hour pregame show will be making its 21st appearance at Ohio State and will air from 9 a.m. – noon on ESPN and simulcast on ESPNU.


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Julie McKay, ESPN Communications [email protected], @McKay_Julie

Julie McKay

I joined ESPN in 2022 as a member of the communications department working on college sports. My passion for college sports came at an early age in a divided household (Big Ten Conference-divided, that is) and followed that to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (sorry, Dad). Four years in the Athletic Communications Department, along with internships with the Big Ten Conference, Big Ten Network and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, cemented my career path. After spending some time in sports media PR in San Francisco, I’ve spent five-plus years focused in golf, with stints at the American Junior Golf Association, Augusta National and Buffalo Agency, working with the USGA, Youth on Course and Destination Kohler, among others. Despite being a proud Wisconsin native, I’ll forever betray my home state as a lifelong Chicago sports fan. My dog Rizzo knows there’s always next year and wishes his namesake would return home to the North Side.
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