ESPN’s “College GameDay” first aired on Nov. 13, 1993. Since then, the premier college football preview show has crisscrossed the country for just about every fall Saturday, broadcasting in towns and on campuses that are home to the top games that day. This weekend will be a rare visit when Coastal Carolina hosts BYU.
It’s a well-deserving choice, no doubt. BYU is tied for the ninth-best national championship odds, while Coastal Carolina is tied for the 14th-best. BetMGM is the top spot to find these odds and all other college football betting lines.
But out of a few hundred shows in GameDay’s history, Saturday marks just the 16th time the show has gone to a Group of 5 conference school.
Group of 5 Schools That Have Hosted GameDay
- 2020: No. 8 BYU @ No. 14 Coastal Carolina (TBD)
- 2019: No. 15 SMU @ No. 24 Memphis (Memphis 54-48)
- 2018: No. 19 Cincinnati @ No. 11 UCF (UCF 38-13)
- 2016: Buffalo @ No. 14 Western Michigan (Western Michigan 38-0)
- 2015: No. 9 Notre Dame @ No. 21 Temple (Notre Dame 24-20)
- 2011: SMU @ No. 10 Houston (Houston 37-7)
- 2010: No. 4 TCU @ No. 6 Utah (TCU 47-7)
- 2010: No. 24 Oregon State @ No. 3 Boise State (Boise State 37-24)
- 2009: No. 16 Utah @ No. 4 TCU (TCU 55-28)
- 2009: Army @ Air Force (Air Force 35-7)
- 2009: No. 7 TCU @ No. 16 BYU (TCU 38-7)
- 2004: BYU @ No. 6 Utah (Utah 52-21)
- 2003: South Florida @ Army (South Florida 28-0)
- 2003: No. 12 Northern Illinois @ No. 23 Bowling Green (Bowling Green 34-18)
- 2002: No. 7 Notre Dame @ No. 18 Air Force (Notre Dame 21–14)
- 2001: Army @ Air Force (Air Force 34–24)
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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam also co-hosts “B-Mac and Herd’s FCS Podcast.” Follow him on Twitter @SamHerderFCS.