ESPN’s College Gameday, the premier pregame show in the country, is returning to South Bend.
For over 30 years, ESPN’s College Gameday has been THE pregame show in the world of college football.
22 of those years have been spent on the road at various locations, from Alabama vs. Auburn to Amherst vs Williams College.
On September 1st, Gameday makes a return to South Bend for a huge matchup against Michigan for the first time since October 13, 2012.
This will be the first meeting between Notre Dame and Michigan since 2014, a 31-0 Irish victory.
Notre Dame plans to kick off the season in a big way, announcing the game will be a “green out”, where all fans are encouraged to wear green, inspired by 2018’s version of “The Shirt.” At this time, it is unknown (and probably will remain that way until 7:30 pm on September 1st) if the team will also break out the green jerseys.
Notre Dame has been in the main game in 28 appearances on the show, good for sixth all time behind Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State and Oklahoma. The Irish have a 12-16 record in these games.
Notre Dame-Michigan has been the focal point of six shows on the road. Notre Dame is 1-5 in these games.
South Bend has been the host of College Gameday on eight occasions, including the very first Gameday away from Bristol. The Irish beat No. 1 Florida State in that game. Notre Dame has a 4-4 record in Gameday games at home.
In a totally insignificant stat, in seasons where Notre Dame hosts Gameday (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005 and 2012) the Irish hold a combined 71-22-1 record.
Of course, at the end of the show, all eyes will be on the great Lee Corso. Notre Dame is 3-5 when Lee picks them to win the game. Irish fans everywhere will no doubt be hoping for a replay of the last time Lee picked Notre Dame in South Bend.