ESPN Gameday coming to Alabama-Penn State game

Here is the official release:

ESPN College GameDay Announces Visit to Tuscaloosa for Penn State Game
ESPN announced Sunday that College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will originate from Tuscaloosa this Saturday for the Alabama-Penn State game. Although the Crimson Tide have made seven appearances on College GameDay over the last two years, this will be GameDay’s first trip to UA since the 2007 game against Georgia. As it was in 2007, the stage will be located next to the Walk of Champions just outside the north entrance of Bryant-Denny Stadium for Saturday morning’s show.

The popular television show expanded to three hours this year and now begins on ESPNU at 8 a.m. (Central) and continues on ESPN from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday. Erin Andrews will anchor several segments of the first hour on ESPNU and contribute reports, interviews and features during the ESPN portion of the two-time Emmy Award-winning program. Chris Fowler hosts the next two hours on ESPN and is joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. College GameDay is entering its 24th season and the 18th consecutive year of originating from the site of one of the day’s best games or a game with the most compelling storyline.

In addition, College GameDay on the ESPN Radio Newtork will originate from Tuscaloosa on Saturday with live coverage from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Central). Hosted by Ryen Russillo, Trevor Matich and Brad Edwards, the show’s stage will be set up on the Quad on the campus of the University of Alabama.

The game will mark Alabama’s 18th television appearance on ESPN College GameDay and its ninth appearance under head coach Nick Saban. It will be GameDay’s sixth trip to Tuscaloosa overall and the ninth time that Alabama has hosted GameDay (three times in Birmingham). GameDay’s last appearance in Tuscaloosa was Sept. 22, 2007, for UA’s showdown with No. 22 Georgia. Since that time, Alabama has appeared on GameDay seven other times, all away from Bryant-Denny Stadium, posting a 6-1 record in those contests. The nine appearances in the Saban era tie Florida for the most GameDay appearances since the 2007 season. The Crimson Tide appeared four times in 2008 against Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Florida. The Tide then made three appearances during the 2009 season – against Virginia Tech and Florida in Atlanta, and Texas at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Alabama’s All-Time ESPN College GameDay Appearances
Date Game w/AP Rankings Result
Nov. 19, 1994 #6 Auburn at #4 Alabama (Birmingham) UA, 21-14
Oct. 14, 1995 #6 Tennessee at #12 Alabama (Birmingham) UT, 41-14
Nov. 18, 1995 #17 Alabama at #21 Auburn AU, 31-27
Nov. 9, 1996 #10 Alabama at #11 LSU UA, 26-0
Nov. 23, 1996 Auburn at #15 Alabama (Birmingham) UA, 24-23
Sept. 1, 2001 #17 UCLA at #25 Alabama UCLA, 20-17
Oct. 5, 2002 #6 Georgia at Alabama UGA, 27-25
Sept. 6, 2003 #1 Oklahoma at Alabama OU, 20-13
Nov. 12, 2005 #5 LSU at #3 Alabama LSU, 16-13 (OT)
Sept. 22, 2007 #22 Georgia at #16 Alabama UGA, 26-23 (OT)
Aug. 30, 2008 #24 Alabama vs. #9 Clemson (Atlanta, Ga.) UA, 34-10
Sept. 27, 2008 #8 Alabama at #3 Georgia UA, 41-30
Nov. 8, 2008 #1 Alabama at #16 LSU UA, 27-21 (OT)
Dec. 6, 2008 #1 Alabama vs. #4 Florida (Atlanta, Ga.) UF, 31-20
Sept. 5, 2009 #5 Alabama vs. #7 Virginia Tech (Atlanta, Ga.) UA, 34-24
Dec. 5, 2009 #2 Alabama vs. #1 Florida (Atlanta, Ga.) UA, 32-13
Jan. 7, 2010 #1 Alabama vs. #2 Texas (Pasadena, Calif.) UA, 37-21
Sept. 11, 2010 #1 Alabama vs. #19 Penn State