ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – will air from historic Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 31, in anticipation for the Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo tilt between No. 9 Notre Dame and undefeated and 21st-ranked Temple at 8 p.m. from Lincoln Financial Field. The Emmy Award-winning show – airing on Halloween for just the second time – will be based on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets from 9 a.m.-noon on ESPN.
Host Rece Davis – in his first season at the College GameDay desk – is joined by analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski. Herbstreit will call the game with Chris Fowler and reporter Heather Cox.
College Football Live will originate from the College GameDay set Friday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. on ESPN with Ponder, Howard and Pollack at the desk.
College GameDay Fun Facts:
- This marks the 300th GameDay road show with Notre Dame hosting the first one on November 13, 1993.
- Temple will be the 66th different school to host the show with the previous 65 going 40-25 in their debut home game.
- Temple is the 82nd different team to be represented at a GameDay site game.
- Corso has never picked had a headgear selection involving Temple – and if he surprisingly goes with the double-digit underdog – it will be the 54th different mascot head he has donned.
- This is the second GameDay road show on Halloween. In 2009, the show was in Eugene on Halloween for the Ducks 47-20 win over USC.
- This is the second time the show has been to Philadelphia (November 2002 for Harvard/Penn game at Franklin Field).
- Corso is just 2-6 in headgear picks this year and a loss would mean it’s the first time he has had two separate three-game losing streaks in the first nine weeks of the season. 2002 was the only other time Corso was 2-6 or worse through eight headgear picks. And that is also the only time he has been 2-7 or worse through nine headgear picks (was 1-8 in 2002).
- This is the 27th time GameDay has originated from a Notre Dame game. That ranks sixth on the appearance list behind Alabama (34), Florida (34), Ohio State (33), Florida State (31) and Oklahoma (29).
- Corso is 4-3 in headgear picks when picking Notre Dame (lost three straight) and is 9-5 when picking against the Irish. Lee picked the Irish earlier this year at Clemson when they lost 24-22.