Gameday Staying In SEC Country, Will Head To Vandy For The First Time

Monday, September 29, 2008

You people said I was crazy for thinking that ESPN would take Gameday to Vandy for week six, and that OSU-Wisconsin was a virtual lock, but that's exactly where the College Football pregame show will be next weekend. Vanderbilt University has confirmed that Gameday will be in Nashville (for the first time in the show's history) this Saturday for the Commodores' showdown with Auburn. Via

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Count ESPN's College GameDay crew - yes, Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard - among the audience for Vanderbilt's nationally televised meeting with Southeastern Conference Western Division power Auburn this Saturday on campus.

ESPN officials confirmed Sunday morning that its popular "College GameDay Built by the Home Depot" show will broadcast from the Vanderbilt campus on Saturday, October 4. It will mark College GameDay's first appearance in Nashville.

Vanderbilt officials were pleased with news of College GameDay's announcement.

"This is tremendous for our university, Coach (Bobby) Johnson's program and this great city," Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Student Athletics and University Affairs David Williams II said. "ESPN's decision to bring College GameDay to Vanderbilt speaks volumes about the outstanding job Bobby Johnson had done during his tenure and the student-athletes he has attracted into our football program. We're extremely pleased and excited about this announcement."
In all honesty, after reading through everyone's comments about the OSU-Wisconsin game, I too thought they'd be heading up north. No dice though. The funny thing is that there's only really one possible game where they would travel above Route 70 all season and that's PSU-OSU in week nine. Other than that it's going to be back and forth between the SEC and Big XII for the rest of the year.

ESPN's College GameDay coming to Vanderbilt (VU Commodores)


Auburn's offense is inept. I've seen womens soccer games with more fireworks than that Auburn/Tennessee game this weekend. Just kidding, I'd never go to a womens soccer game.

Unknown said...
Sep 29, 2008, 9:02:00 AM  

@Dennis - You should go to one. They can be a lot of fun and exciting..well at least at UGA.

Notwithstanding anyone's personal opinions of the on-air talent on GameDay, I got to spend Friday and Saturday on their compound and they really are great guys (and gals).

For those who may be interested, I have posted a series of "behind the scenes" stories (with more to come) on Eye on Sports Media, and a bunch of photos over on Flickr.

The Bama-UGA game was a shocker to witness, as I have never seen such an arse-whipping in 14 years of watching games at Sanford Stadium (I missed the '95 game against Florida, a 52-17 loss to because I had to study for the CPA exam).

Sep 29, 2008, 10:26:00 AM  

I think Wisconsin's bad loss to Michigan may have played a role in Vandy getting Gameday.

And it looks assured that they will be in Dallas for UT/Oklahoma.

Anonymous said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:26:00 AM  

Maybe they're planning on sending these two...

Anonymous said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:41:00 AM  

Good for ESPN heading to a normally doormat school which has found some rejuvenation. Vanderbilt is definitely NOW.

GMoney said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:52:00 AM  

Vanderbilt rocks! As long as Jay Cutler plays well for the Broncos, I honor his alma mater. Go Commodores, run the table so the BCS can screw you.

Brad James said...
Sep 29, 2008, 1:39:00 PM  

This is a wonderful idea for Gameday to go to Vandy...provided alum Skip Bayless isn't on the set at all.

Sep 29, 2008, 2:17:00 PM  

Next week for College GameDay:

State Fair of Texas, BABY!

JamesCraven said...
Oct 3, 2008, 3:22:00 PM  

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