Clemson to host ESPN’s GameDay for opener against Georgia

August 6, 2013 

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Dabo Swinney's Tigers will host ESPN's GameDay on Aug. 31

MARK CRAMMER — ASSOCIATED PRESS

ESPN's show College GameDay will visit Clemson for the second time.

GameDay last visited Death Valley on Oct. 21, 2006, the only time Clemson has hosted the show.

Entering its 27th season and 21st on the road, the award-winning College GameDay pregame show originates each Saturday from the site of the day’s best game or the game with the most compelling storyline. The three-hour program (9 a.m. – noon ET) is hosted by Chris Fowler with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and reporters Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski.

The show's season opener on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be filled with features, analysis, and discussion from Clemson's campus.

GameDay’s Aug. 31 edition will preview all the day’s matchups in its longest installment to date leading into the Rice at Texas A&M game (1 p.m., ESPN).

The No. 8 Tigers will open their season later that night against the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs during Saturday Night Football at 8 p.m. on ABC.

College GameDay will regularly be shown in the 9 a.m. to noon ET block every Saturday during college football season.

After opening weekend, GameDay’s three-hour Saturday slot will be televised in its entirety on ESPN with the 9 – 10 a.m. hour.

Lee Fitting, ESPN senior coordinating producer, said, “Anytime there is an increased appetite for college football, that’s a good thing for us. Fans tell us they can’t get enough GameDay, well, four hours in Week 1 should help them out. And now, with all three hours on ESPN for the remainder of the season, they never need to touch the remote.

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