ESPN’s College Gameday is taking its traveling road show to Notre Dame this weekend for #7 Notre Dame’s showdown with 17th ranked Stanford marking the first time the Gameday crew will be on campus since the 2005 classic against USC.
Gameday announced that they would be making the trip via Twitter over the weekend.
This will be the first time since the 2005 classic with USC that Gameday will be on campus for a Notre Dame game although they have been on-site for Notre Dame games on the road since then – 2006 Georgia Tech and USC and 2011 Michigan. Overall, ESPN has been on campus seven previous times for Notre Dame games with the Irish having a 3-4 record in those contests.
ESPN’s College Gameday actually made it’s first on-site telecast for the 1993 “Game of the Century” between Notre Dame and Florida State. Since then, the traveling crew of Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, and later Kirk Herbstreit has made weekly trips to the games of the week. Corso has done his “headgear” pick three times previously for on-campus telecasts at Notre Dame and has picked the opposition all three times.
Considering Stanford comes into South Bend with a loss, ESPN’s presence is a bit of a surprise with other marquee games on the schedule this weekend – namely #3 South Carolina at #9 LSU (a prime time ESPN telecast) and #15 Texas at #13 Oklahoma (an ABC telecast).
Stanford does, however bring a #17 ranking into South Bend to face the 7th ranked Irish marking just the second time in the history of the Notre Dame – Stanford rivalry that both teams will sport a top 20 ranking when facing each other. The other instance was 1992 when the Bill Walsh led Cardinal upset the 6th ranked Lou Holtz led Fighting Irish 33-16 – Notre Dame’s only loss of the 1992 season.
Gameday with air on ESPNU Saturday morning at 9:00 AM before live coverage on ESPN kicks in at 10:00 AM ET. Users with access to ESPN3.com will also have the ability to watch the show online.