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College GameDay will broadcast from the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

College GameDay heading to Rose Bowl for New Year’s Day; SEC Nation going to Sugar Bowl

ESPN has announced its New Year’s Day plans for its leading college football pregame shows, College GameDay and SEC Nation.

Ahead of both College Football Playoff semifinals that later in the day, College GameDay will broadcast live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and SEC Nation will broadcast live from New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl.

ESPN announced a variety of its program plans for New Year’s weekend on Thursday afternoon.

College GameDay will air live on ESPN beginning at its normal starting time of 9 a.m. ET. The show will run up to kickoff of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between Auburn and UCF at 12:30 p.m. ET.

SEC Nation will air live on SEC Network during its normal slot from 10 a.m. t0 12 p.m. and then begin again at 4 p.m.

Here’s rundown of some of the features and segments that are scheduled to appear on College GameDay the morning of Jan. 1, according to ESPN.

  • A conversation between Nick Saban and Tom Rinaldi
  • As Michigan and South Carolina face each other in this year’s Outback Bowl, a look back at the Jadeveon Clowney’s memorable hit when the teams met back in 2013
  • Georgia running backs: a look at the relationship between Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as college football’s odd couple
  • The only person not worried about Kelly Bryant having to replace Clemson legend Deshaun Watson was Kelly Bryant, who shares his story of battling Crohn’s disease and sharing that with the team
  • A bond that can never be broken: How Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and Mackenzie, an 11-year-old girl with Leukemia, built a friendship for a lifetime

The Rose Bowl begins at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN and will be followed by the Sugar Bowl at 8:45 p.m. ET.

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