ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Heads to Clemson for Top-10 ACC Matchup in Week 5

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Heads to Clemson for Top-10 ACC Matchup in Week 5

  • College football’s premier pregame show makes its eighth trip to Clemson and 427th road show

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot travels to Clemson, S.C., for Week 5 and the eighth trip to the school. The show’s 427th road show will be live from 9 a.m. – noon ET (ESPN and ESPNU, ESPN App) on Saturday, Oct. 1, ahead of the Tigers’ top-10 match up with ACC rival and No. 10 NC State.

Rece Davis leads the show in his eighth season as host and is joined at the desk by GameDay analysts Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Pat McAfee and David Pollack. Reporters Jen Lada, Gene Wojciechowski and newcomer Jess Sims, along with research producer Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica and college football insider Pete Thamel, round out the GameDay crew for the season.

Scheduled Features & Highlights

  • Playing For Ella – For the last 18 months, every time Clemson All-American defensive tackle Bryan Bresee took the field, he played for his younger sister Ella – a 15-year-old who faced a devastating brain cancer diagnosis. Ella fought with the same fervor that she demonstrated with every challenge that came her way. Last weekend, just days after Ella’s funeral, Bresee returned to the field and continued to honor his sister the best way he knew how. (Reporter: Jen Lada)
  • We’re Not Kansas Anymore – For years…decades, Kansas has walked aimlessly in the college football desert. Picked to finish last (again) in the Big 12, the Jayhawks and their second-year coach are surprising everyone – a campus, a town, a nation – except themselves. (Reporter: Gene Wojciechowski – a native of Salina, Kansas)

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will join the GameDay crew during the show along with a live check in from Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck in the latest edition of ‘Live WIRED’ ahead of their respective games.

Corso’s Count

  • Lee Corso has correctly guessed every headgear pick of the season. This week will be his 389th overall pick
  • Clemson has been picked 14 times by Corso and he’s 11-3 in those picks
  • Corso has also picked against Clemson 14 times and is 7-7 in those games, including correctly picking their last three loss picks
  • This will be the second GameDay that NC State has been involved in, the last being a 2004 loss to Miami

 College GameDay had another week of year-over-year viewership growth at Tennessee, averaging 1.9 million viewers, a 21% increase over 2021’s Week 4 show. The premier pregame show is on pace for its most-viewed season since 2010 and the second-best season ever.

ESPN’s Expanded Digital Coverage

ESPN’s social and digital pre-pregame show, Countdown to GameDay Live, continues its season with the Week 5 visit to Clemson. Co-hosts Christine Williamson, Harry Douglas and Harry Lyles Jr. will be live from campus on Oct. 1 at 8:30 a.m. ET. The show is available across Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and the ESPN App.

On-Site Fan Updates

The ‘pit’ viewing area at Bowman Field for this week’s College GameDay will open at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday for selected Clemson students. Early arrival campouts are discouraged due to the impending weather.

Updates on weather conditions, GameDay guests, including this week’s guest picker, and more will be announced via ESPN PR’s Twitter and College GameDay’s Twitter. Additional details throughout the week can be found HERE and on College GameDay’s Hub HERE.


Media Contact:
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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