Over 35 years, ESPN College GameDay has grown from a little-known in-studio cable TV show into a multimedia behemoth that routinely attracts more than two million viewers each week.
Which college football games will Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and the rest of the GameDay crew broadcast from this season? As you browse college football odds, here are GameDay locations and predictions for 2022:
Rose Bowl: Penn State vs. Utah
Location: Pasadena, Calif.
Date: Monday, Jan. 2
College GameDay is returning to Pasadena for the second time in two years after a one-year hiatus in 2020.
The show first broadcasted from the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1998, when Michigan played Washington State.
CFP National Championship: Georgia vs. TCU
Location: Inglewood, Calif.
Date: Monday, Jan. 9
Instead of jumping across the country in one week as the show often does during the regular season, College GameDay is going from Pasadena to Inglewood, a drive of approximately 30 miles, for the national championship.
ESPN didn’t broadcast from the national championship in either of GameDay’s first two seasons with road visits (1993 and 1994) before beginning the annual tradition in 1995. They haven’t missed a title game since.
Previous 2022 College GameDay Locations:
Week 1: West Virginia at Pittsburgh
Date: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022
For the first time since 2019, College GameDay visited a Thursday game in Week 1.
In late July, ESPN announced a trip to Pittsburgh for the first edition of the Backyard Brawl since 2011. It will be the show’s first trip to Pittsburgh since 2005, which is also the Panthers’ last GameDay appearance. West Virginia, meanwhile, has four appearances since 2011.
Week 1: Notre Dame at Ohio State
Date: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022
ESPN passed on a neutral-site blockbuster, Oregon vs. Georgia in Atlanta, for an on-campus blockbuster, Notre Dame at Ohio State in Columbus.
Instead of a sixth trip to Atlanta since 2017, GameDay went to Columbus for the eighth time since 2014. And the Buckeyes made their 54th all-time appearance, the most among all schools.
It’s the first time since 2019 GameDay visited two games in the same week; the show went to Clemson (for Georgia Tech at Clemson) and Arlington (for Auburn vs. Oregon) in Week 1 three years ago.
Week 2: Alabama at Texas
Date: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022
Texas losing to UL Monroe in Week 1 was the only thing that could’ve prevented GameDay from visiting Austin for their Week 2 matchup against Alabama. It’s the first meeting between the two tams since the 2009 national championship – and the first regular-season meeting in 100 years.
And Texas delivered an unexpectedly sensational performance in nearly upsetting the Tide.
Week 3: Troy at App State
Date: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022
GameDay finally went to one of the most majestic sites in college football: Kidd Brewer Stadium.
With Texas A&M’s loss to App State and South Carolina’s loss to Arkansas, the door was open for a Group of Five location. It was the first-ever appearance for App State and the (sort of) second appearance for Troy, who (sort of) hosted in 2012 when GameDay broadcasted from the USS San Diego ahead of their home game vs. Navy.
Week 4: Florida at Tennessee
Date: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022
Week 4 was ripe for a trip to Boone – for James Madison at App State – but ESPN opted to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains week earlier. That left several potential options:
- Florida at Tennessee
- Clemson at Wake Forest
- Duke at Kansas
- Baylor at Iowa State
And they picked Knoxville for the first time since 2016. From 1995-2004, Tennessee was a regular stop, earning seven appearances over the 10-year period. Since then, the Vols have hosted only twice: 2012 and 2016.
Week 5: NC State at Clemson
Location: Clemson, S.C.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022
Arkansas’ loss to Texas A&M potentially prevented GameDay from the Razorbacks hosting (vs. Alabama) in Week 5. That left Kentucky-Ole Miss, NC State-Clemson, and Iowa State-Kansas as the most likely picks.
And ESPN picked Clemson for the first time since 2020.
Week 6: TCU at Kansas
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022
It appeared GameDay would be in Dallas for potentially the last Red River Rivalry game in the near future or in Tuscaloosa for Jimbo vs. Saban. But with early-season struggles for Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M, Kansas got the call.
The Jayhawks were featured in the 2007 regular-season finale against Missouri, though that game was at Arrowhead Stadium. They are one of eight Power Five schools to never host the show. The remaining schools: Cal, Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia.
Week 7: Alabama at Tennessee
Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
Instead of waiting until Week 7 for a potential visit to Knoxville for Alabama-Tennessee, ESPN opted for a Week 4 trip to Knoxville for Florida-Tennessee. That didn’t stop them from returning to Rocky Top in Week 7 for what became one of the best college football games in recent memory.
Week 8: UCLA at Oregon
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022
Texas’ blowout of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State’s early-season success has shifted the Week 8 GameDay prediction from Harrisonburg, Va. – for Marshall at James Madison – to Stillwater, Okla. But with Oklahoma State’s loss to TCU in Week 7, ESPN opted for a visit to Eugene for the first time in four years.
GameDay’s last visit to Oregon came in 2018 when the Ducks hosted Stanford, who erased a 17-point halftime deficit and shocked Oregon in overtime. It’s the only time Oregon hosted GameDay since 2014; the show was previously there eight times between 2007-14.
Week 9: Southern at Jackson State
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022
ESPN passed on Penn State (vs. Ohio State) for their first-ever trip to Jackson State.
It was GameDay’s first FCS game since 2019 (North Dakota State at South Dakota State) and first HBCU game since Hampton at Florida A&M in 2008.
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Week 10: Tennessee at Georgia
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022
This was originally a big “if” week:
If Miami (FL) is good, the Canes could host when Florida State is in town.
If LSU doesn’t suck entering their Week 10 game against Alabama, GameDay might be in Baton Rouge for a third Alabama-LSU game in seven years.
If Tennessee has a breakthrough season and Georgia hasn’t stumbled, GameDay might be in Athens for the fifth time in four years. And that’s exactly what happened.
Week 11: TCU at Texas
Date: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022
ESPN passed on Ole Miss (vs. Alabama) and Tulane (vs. UCF) for their first visit to Austin since 2019.
Texas was once a regular GameDay stop, hosting six times from 1999-2009, before a nine-year drought as the program struggled for relevance. Now they’ve hosted twice in the last four seasons.
TCU made their second appearance of this season – both on the road – after zero appearances in the previous three seasons.
Week 12: Montana at Montana State
Date: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022
ESPN passed on USC-UCLA at the Rose Bowl for the Brawl of the Wild in Bozeman.
It was GameDay’s second FCS game in four weeks – Jackson State hosted in Week 9 – but the first-ever appearance for both Montana and Montana State. In fact, the show has never featured a school from the Big Sky Conference.
Week 13: Michigan at Ohio State
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022
This was College GameDay’s third trip to Ohio State since 2021 and 22nd overall trip, by far the most among all schools. It was the first GameDay visit for a Buckeyes-Wolverines game since 2018.
Week 14: Big 12 Championship
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022
After broadcasting from the SEC Championship each of the last three traditional college football seasons, GameDay passed on a fourth straight trip for their first visit to the Big 12 Championship since 2007.
It was TCU’s third appearance this season after only two appearances from 2015-21.
Week 15: Army vs. Navy
Date: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022
The Army-Navy Game returned Philly after a two-year hiatus. And College GameDay broadcasted from the game for the eighth straight year.
CFP Semifinal: Georgia vs. Ohio State
Date: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022
ESPN opted for Atlanta over Glendale for the College Football Playoff semifinals, broadcasting from the Georgia-Ohio State game instead of the Michigan-TCU game.
It was the show’s first trip to Atlanta since the 2021 season opener (Alcorn State vs. NC Central).
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