Over 36 years, ESPN’s 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 visit in 2023?
College GameDay Locations
Week 15: Army vs. Navy
The Army-Navy Game has hosted GameDay in 10 straight seasons, though this will be the first time the game is at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Massachusetts will be the seventh different state to host the Army-Navy Game.
As of Sunday, Army is a 2-point favorite. The total is 28.
College GameDay Locations for 2023
Week 1: South Carolina vs. North Carolina
ESPN passed on Colorado-TCU, Boise State-Washington, and West Virginia-Penn State for a neutral-site game in Charlotte.
Week 2: Texas at Alabama
Instead of waiting to see if Colorado beat TCU in Week 1 — to potentially warrant a GameDay appearance in Boulder for Nebraska’s visit — ESPN picked Texas-Alabama.
It was the second straight year the show will broadcast from a Texas-Bama game as the future SEC foes conclude a home-and-home series. It’ll be their second all-time meeting in Tuscaloosa, and first since 1902.
Week 3: Colorado State at Colorado
Instead of picking an early SEC conference game (i.e., Tennessee at Florida or LSU at Mississippi State) or attempting to replicate last year’s madness of the Backyard Brawl, ESPN opted for Colorado’s first GameDay visit since 1996.
Week 4: Ohio State at Notre Dame
Location: South Bend
ESPN passed on a second straight Colorado game (at Oregon) and Florida State-Clemson (at Clemson) to visit South Bend for the first time since November 2020 and just the third time in the last 10 seasons.
Week 5: Notre Dame at Duke
Entering this season, seven Power Five schools had never hosted College GameDay: Cal, Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia.
That group is down to six after ESPN visited Durham for the first time. The Blue Devils had also never appeared as a road or neutral-site team.
Week 6: Oklahoma vs. Texas
GameDay was in Dallas for the Red River Rivalry three times from 2008-2011. Before the Week 6 visit: only twice (2018 and 2021).
It was the ninth GameDay for a Texas-Oklahoma matchup, tied with Alabama-Georgia and Georgia-Tennessee for the third-most of any matchup. Only Alabama-LSU (11) and Ohio State Penn State (11) are ahead.
Week 7: Oregon at Washington
In avoiding shocking upsets in Week 5 — before their respective byes in Week 6 — Oregon and Washington locked in a Week 7 appearance.
The Huskies last hosted College GameDay in 2016 (vs. USC), one of the show’s two all-time visits to Seattle. It was the Ducks’ seventh total appearance since 2018.
Week 8: Penn State at Ohio State
ESPN passed on USC’s first home appearance — against Utah — since 2013 for a return to Ohio State for the fourth time since 2021.
The Buckeyes have hosted the show at least once in each non-COVID season since 2015. They lead all programs in home appearances (23) and total appearances (58).
Week 9: Oregon at Utah
Location: Salt Lake City
Despite the loss to Washington in Week 7, Oregon was in good shape to make a second GameDay appearance in three weeks. And then Utah beat USC to, presumably, make it happen.
GameDay visited Salt Lake City in 2015 and 2016 — and three times between 2010 and 2016 — but hadn’t returned since.
Week 10: LSU at Alabama
If the Army-Air Force game was in Colorado Springs instead of Denver, the Falcons might’ve hosted GameDay for the first time since 2002.
Instead, ESPN picked a return trip to Tuscaloosa with LSU in town. It will be the Crimson Tide’s 18th time hosting the show and 56th overall appearance, both second all-time behind Ohio State.
Week 11: Ole Miss at Georgia
Instead of visiting Florida State (vs. Miami) for the first time since 2014, ESPN picked Georgia for the sixth time in the last five seasons.
Week 12: App State at James Madison
Even with a Week 9 loss to Arizona, Oregon State was in good position to host GameDay for the second time ever and first time since 2010.
ESPN passed on a third visit to a Pac-12 school this year for the third visit to a Sun Belt school in the last four years. It was James Madison’s third time hosting — but their first as an FBS program.
Week 13: Ohio State at Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor
College GameDay has visited Ohio State-Michigan or Auburn-Alabama in six of the last seven seasons during rivalry weekend. It’ll be seven of the last eight seasons with a visit to Ann Arbor for the first time since the Michigan-Ohio State blizzard game in 2021.
Week 14: SEC Championship
Entering this year, the SEC Championship hosted GameDay only twice in the last 10 seasons (2018 and 2019). The show was back again on Dec. 2 for the third Alabama-Georgia matchup in the last six seasons.