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ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – will return to Clemson, S.C. for the second straight year, on Saturday, Oct. 1, in advance of No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson (ABC, 8 p.m. ET). The weekly show airs from 9 a.m.-noon on ESPN and will be located from Bowman Field.
The six-time Emmy Award-winning show is hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Jen Lada, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski.
SportsCenter hits will begin live from site on Friday with anchor Matt Barrie and reporters Marty Smith and Jeannine Edwards, plus College Football Live will air from the set on Friday with Ponder, Howard and Pollack (1:30 p.m., ESPN).
Corso began making his entertaining end-of-show headgear pick of the team he thinks will win the game at the GameDay site, marking 20 years this season. Week 4 will be headgear number 280 for Corso, as he is 185-94 all-time in headgear picks. The phenomenon began on October 5, 1996, prior to the Ohio State-Penn State game in Columbus, Ohio when he put on OSU’s “Brutus Buckeye” mascot head to show his pick to win the game – watch here.
- Corso has lost his Week 5 headgear pick four of the last five years.
- He has picked Clemson three times and is 1-2 in those picks and picked against the Tigers seven times and is 4-3 those games.
- Corso has picked against Clemson in each of the last three trips to Clemson and been wrong two of those three times.
- Corso is 2-2 in headgear picks this year. A loss this week would give him a losing record through five weeks for the second straight year (was 1-4 through five weeks last year).
‘The Bear’ College GameDay Fun Facts:
- This is the 38th on-campus matchup between top -5 teams from which GameDay has originated. The last one was when No. 1 Mississippi State was beaten by No. 4 Alabama in 2014 (Note: Alabama was a double-digit favorite in the game).
- Home teams have won the last four on-campus meetings between top-5 teams with the last one to lose – Clemson to Florida State in 2013.
- This is the fourth matchup between top-5 ACC teams from which GameDay will originate. Home teams have lost the previous three by a combined 74 points, all by at least 17 points (No. 5 Florida State def. No. 3 Clemson 51-14 in 2013, No. 5 Miami def. No. 3 Virginia Tech 27-7 in 2005 and No. 3 Florida State def. No. 5 North Carolina 20-3 in 1997).
- This is the second time GameDay has originated from two ACC games within the first five weeks of the season – the other year was 2005 when GameDay was present for Florida State at Boston College in Week 3 and Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech in Week 4.
- This is the fifth time the show has originated from Clemson. The Tigers are 3-1 in the previous four games, with two of the wins coming by a FG or less (2 vs. Notre Dame last year and 3 vs. Georgia in 2013).
- Home teams are 2-0 with GameDay present this year with each of the two wins game by double digits.
- GameDay was in Clemson last year for Week 5 when the Tigers beat Notre Dame 24-22. In fact, this is the 3rd straight year GameDay is in the state of South Carolina for Week 5, as the show was in Columbia for the Missouri-South Carolina game in 2014.
- Dating back to last season, this is the third time in the last eight shows that Clemson has been featured (Orange Bowl, National Championship Game and this week).
- Each of the last four years during Week 5, the game which GameDay attended was decided by a FG or less. Last year Clemson beat Notre Dame 24-22, in 2014 Missouri beat South Carolina 21-20, In 2013 Georgia beat LSU 44-41 and in 2012 Ohio State beat Michigan State 17-16.