ESPN's College GameDay hits a new location every week to preview the biggest games in college football. Here's where it's been and where it's headed in 2017.
No pregame show has woven itself into the schedule of the sport it covers like ESPN’s College GameDay, the traveling tailgate that for 25 years has broadcast live from a different on-site location every week of college football season. The show has elevated former host Chris Fowler and analyst Kirk Herbstreit to a higher plane of sports media celebrity, and for many fans, Lee Corso's mascot headgear selection has become the unofficial kickoff to a day-long marathon of wall-to-wall game action.
This season, College GameDay starts and ends its cross-country tour in Atlanta, site of the season-opening clash between Alabama and Florida State as well as the College Football Playoff national championship game on Jan. 8. In between, the show visits a mix of top-25 teams hosting the day’s biggest games and non-traditional college football hubs.
Below, a running list of where College GameDay is each week of the 2017 season, plus a look at where it's heading next.
Week 7: Harrisonburg, Va.
GameDay is set to make its eighth trip to an FCS school, visiting the campus of James Madison ahead of the undefeated and top-ranked Dukes’ game against Villanova. The show came to Harrisonburg once before on October 24, 2015, ahead of a 59–49 loss to Richmond.
Week 6: Fort Worth
Before the Horned Frogs outlasted West Virginia to stay atop the Big 12, GameDay broadcasted from the TCU Campus Commons.
Week 5: Blacksburg
The show descended on Virginia Tech’s campus ahead of another ACC matchup, as the Hokies hosted Clemson in Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech legend Michael Vick was the guest picker, but the visiting Tigers prevailed.
Week 4: New York City
On Sept. 23, GameDay set up from Times Square in New York, making Manhattan the 81st location the show has originated from in 25 years.
Week 3: Louisville
GameDay made a stop in Louisville for the second consecutive season, setting up from Grawemeyer Hall ahead of the Cardinals’ primetime showdown with Clemson, in which the Tigers rolled 47–21.
Week 2: Ohio State
The show was on hand in Columbus for a top-10 matchup between Ohio State and Oklahoma, a 31–16 win for the Sooners.
Week 1: Indiana and Atlanta
After a Thursday night edition of the show in Bloomington ahead of the opening night kickoff game between Ohio State and Indiana, GameDay opened the first full Saturday of the season at International Plaza outside Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Florida State and Alabama.