It took a little longer than expected for the folks at ESPN to confirm the highly anticipated news, but on Sunday afternoon it was announced that the GameDay crew would be making another trip to Louisville.
You ready, Louisville?
We're coming your way for the Cardinals vs. Clemson! pic.twitter.com/gSXWQfTgYV
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 10, 2017
ESPN’s GameDay crew made their first appearance for a UofL football game in week three last year as the Cards crushed No. 2 Florida State 63-20.
Florida State – Miami was initially expected to be the spot for the GameDay broadcast, considering it had been given ABC’s 8:00 PM prime-time television slot. On Saturday evening the ACC announced that they’ve postponed the game due to Hurricane Irma.
Louisville’s game against Clemson was initially set for a 3:30 kickoff on ESPN, but with the ABC prime-time evening lot now available, there was speculation that the game could be moved later. However, as of right now, the game is still set for 3:30.
UofL Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot is broadcasting from the University of Louisville for the second time in as many seasons on Saturday, showcasing a top-15 matchup between Louisville and defending national champion Clemson.
The Cardinals, currently ranked No. 17 in the latest Associated Press poll, welcome No. 3 Clemson for a 3:30 p.m. kick on Sept. 16 in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
“To have ESPN College GameDay come to the University of Louisville for the second-straight season is a tribute to head coach Bobby Petrino, all of our players and where this football program has come through the years,” UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich said. “The excitement the fans generated last year in that historic appearance is a tribute to their passion and loyalty to our football program. We are thrilled to have GameDay back on our campus to showcase our great university.”
Louisville welcomed college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show in 2016 to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, upsetting second-ranked Florida State 63-20. Lamar Jackson ran for four touchdowns and threw for one, while leading the Cardinals to their highest-ranked win in school history.
The team of Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack, along with contributors Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Jen Lada, Tom Rinaldi, Maria Taylor, and Gene Wojciechowski, will conduct the popular Saturday morning show from a location to be determined.
In its 31st season and 25th 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 storylines.