ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – coming off its most-watched season ever – will return Saturday, Sept. 1, live from the Cowboys Classic as part of Dick’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, beginning at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN. On display will be top-10 teams Alabama and Michigan battling as part of the weekly Saturday Night Football presented by Windows series at 8 p.m. on ABC. The GameDay set, with an enhanced look for its 26th season, will be located outside the state-of-the-art facility.
Hosted by Chris Fowler, GameDay will once again feature Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack during the 10 a.m. – noon hours on ESPN. Samantha Steele joins the first hour on ESPNU with Pollack, and will also contribute reports, interviews and features throughout the final two hours with reporter Tom Rinaldi.
SportsCenter anchor and ESPN Radio host Scott Van Pelt will make several on-site College GameDay appearances throughout the season, including the first weekend in Arlington. In addition, the Scott Van Pelt Show will make a stop at the Cowboys Classic on Friday, Aug. 31, on the East Plaza Lawn from the College GameDay on ESPN Radio set from 1-4 p.m. on ESPN Radio and ESPNRadio.com (except 2-2:30 p.m. when it will originate from the adjacent ESPN College GameDay set and be simulcast on ESPNEWS).
College GameDay on ESPN Radio airs noon-7 p.m. each Saturday with host Ryen Russillo and analysts Trevor Matich and Brad Edwards. The weekly radio show broadcasts live from its Bristol, Conn., studios when not traveling to the top matchups.
Prior to this season’s kickoff, the one-hour special College GameDay Preview Show Built by The Home Depot will air Saturday, Aug. 25, at noon on ESPN with Fowler, Corso, Herbstreit and Howard.
Additional Studio Shows
College Football Live continues to be the daily destination for college football news and updates at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and 4 p.m. on ESPNU. The show will primarily utilize three hosts – Joe Tessitore (Monday & Wednesday), Fowler (Tuesday & Friday) and John Saunders (Thursday), and will originate from the site of College GameDay most Fridays. Included in the rotation of expert analysts are Howard (Monday) and Herbstreit (Tuesday), who will be available via satellite weekly.
As the ESPN DIRECTV Mobile Studio travels the country visiting sites of top college games, interviews with ESPN analysts, along with coaches and players from each stop, will be incorporated into College Football Live.
ESPNU is joining the daily college football news and update genre with CFB Daily. Hosted by Dari Nowkhah, the new three-hour program beginning at 1 p.m. will have all the latest in college football action as well as in-depth analysis from a variety of guests. CFB Daily will also include a unique look at the top plays, the best hits and the most outstanding catches by incorporating popular video clips from that week. Regular contributors will include sports business reporter Darren Rovell, NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr., college football analysts Pollack and Jesse Palmer, plus additional ESPN experts.
Van Pelt will also host the ESPN College Football Primetime Served By Applebee’s studio coverage with analysts Mark May and Brian Griese, a first-time role for the former Super Bowl champion. In addition, Griese will join returning commentator Dave Pasch on ESPN’s Saturday noon game. Last season, Griese was the analyst on the ESPNU Saturday night telecast.
Weekly ESPN Game & Wraps Studio Crew (subject to change)
|ESPN Thursday||Scott Van Pelt, Mark May & Brian Griese|
|ESPN Friday||Chris Cotter, Lou Holtz & May|
|College GameDay||Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Tom Rinaldi & Samantha Steele|
|ABC Saturday||John Saunders & Jesse Palmer|
|ESPN Saturday||Rece Davis, Holtz & May|
|ESPN2 Saturday||Wendi Nix, Todd McShay & Robert Smith|
|ESPNU Saturday Morning||Dari Nowkhah & Kevin Carter|
|ESPNU Saturday Evening||Matt Schick & Tom Luginbill, Jason Sehorn or Charles Arbuckle|