Anyone else more anxious than ever to see Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and the gang inside your living room this fall? We need it. College football needs it. And a return to normalcy will be complete in September when College GameDay makes its 2020 season debut.
Hosting GameDay gives programs a three-hour, football-driven marketing campaign and chance to show off their campus and school spirit. For a program like Minnesota, who hosted for the first time last November during a historic campaign, the exposure was immeasurable.
College football’s most popular pre-game show by a longshot, GameDay averaged more than 1.9 million viewers last fall, up 7 percent year-over-year, according to ESPN. Looking ahead to this season, there are nine Power 5 programs who have never hosted hoping a hot start leads to a request — California, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest.
According to NCAA.com, Alabama has the most appearances with 46, ahead of Ohio State’s 44. But the Buckeyes have the most wins with GameDay in attendance, winning 31 games. Ohio State has also hosted the most times with 18.
The most common matchups in program history include Alabama-LSU (11 times), Ohio State-Penn State (10), Florida-Florida State (8) and Florida-Tennessee (8). We’re expecting at least two of those annual showdowns to get pre-game love once again this fall.
As for the rest, here’s our best guess at next season’s GameDay slate from the first weekend of September through the end of November: