ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Travels to Ohio State for Its First On-Campus Show of 2022-23 Season – 21st Visit All-Time to Columbus

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Travels to Ohio State for Its First On-Campus Show of 2022-23 Season – 21st Visit All-Time to Columbus

  • College football’s premier pregame show travels to one of the marquee matchups of the season – No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Ohio State
  • Special guests to include rapper Jack Harlow, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, members of the Buckeyes’ 2002 National Championship team, and more

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot returns for its first three-hour on-campus show of the 2022-23 season with a trip to Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Sept. 3. Starting its 36th season, GameDay will air live from 9 a.m. – noon ET on ESPN and ESPNU, preceding the highly-anticipated matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Notre Dame (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

College GameDay is making its 21st appearance at Ohio State – more than any other school, and Saturday marks the 423rd road show for the premier college football pregame program.

Host Rece Davis returns to the helm, joined at the desk by GameDay analysts Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and David Pollack and reporters Jen Lada, Gene Wojciechowski and newcomer Jess Sims. Senior research producer Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica and college football insider Pete Thamel round out the GameDay crew for the season.

The show airs ahead of a full slate of action across ESPN networks, beginning at noon. Herbstreit will join Chris Fowler and Holly Rowe for the call of ABC’s Saturday Night Football between the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Special GameDay Guests – Jack Harlow, Ryan Day and Reunion of Buckeyes’ 2002 National Champions

College GameDay welcomes GRAMMY® nominated rapper Jack Harlow for a live performance during the show’s Week 1 stop in Columbus. Harlow, winner of the Billboard Music Awards’ 2021 Top New Artist, joins the GameDay crew as the guest picker for the first show of the 2022 season and will perform live onsite during and after the telecast and available to stream here.

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day will join the crew as a guest along with members of the 2002 national championship Buckeye team including then-head coach Jim Tressel, OSU tailback Maurice Clarett and Buckeye safety Mike Doss, among others, for the 20th anniversary of their 14-0 season and consensus national championship year.

The storied Ohio State Marching Band will also make an appearance on the show along with Buckeyes’ mascot Brutus.

Additional guests will be announced ahead of Saturday’s show on ESPN PR’s Twitter and College GameDay’s Twitter.



Features & Highlights

  • The Script – For Spencer Webb, life didn’t follow the storybook script. But he was able to overcome the challenges he faced at an early age and fulfill a lifelong dream to become an Oregon Duck. In the process, Webb left an impression on everyone he met – one that will live on in Eugene even after his tragic death in July. (Jen Lada)
  • The Rise of Marcus Freeman – Notre Dame Head Coach Marcus Freeman’s rapid ascension to one of the most high-profile coaching jobs in the profession stems from his diverse upbringing as the son of a United States Air Force Veteran and a Korean mother. The 36-year-old father of six children prepares for an opening game in a place he knows very well – his alma mater Ohio State. (Pete Thamel)
  • Jim Harbaugh Conversation – Gene Wojciechowski catches up with the Michigan Head Coach to talk about his eventful offseason, his flirtation with the NFL, what it meant to finally beat Ohio State and why his team can win a championship this year. (Gene Wojciechowski) 
  • The State of The Game – As we celebrate the return of college football and the pageantry and tradition that has always come with that, Wright Thompson reflects on the evolution of the sport we love and the changes that may test that devotion. (Wright Thompson)
  • Ohio State junior OT Paris Johnson Jr. takes us behind the scenes with a GameDay video blog sharing the player perspective throughout the week

Corso’s Count

  • Saturday’s GameDay will mark Lee Corso’s 384th headgear pick since he started the tradition by donning Brutus in Columbus with his very first headgear pick on Oct. 5, 1996
  • Corso has picked the Buckeye headgear a record 35 times and is 24-11 when choosing Ohio State
  • Corso has chosen Notre Dame headgear 12 times and he is 8-4 with the Fighting Irish picks

ESPN’s Expanded Digital Coverage

ESPN’s social and digital pre-pregame show, Countdown to GameDay Live, returns every Saturday this fall. Co-hosts Christine Williamson, Harry Douglas and Harry Lyles Jr. will be live from Columbus on Sept. 3 at 8:30 a.m. ET. The show is available across Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and the ESPN App.

Additional details, including updated releases throughout the week, can be found HERE.

For onsite information, please visit College GameDay’s Hub HERE.


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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