Few announcements get college football fans more excited than College GameDay’s next destination.
The celebrated ESPN pregame show will open its 24th season in Green Bay, Wisconsin, this September to preview LSU-Wisconsin while breaking down the rest of the first weekend’s games.
GameDay has visited every SEC campus within the last decade, but can you name the school that’s waited the longest for a return? Here’s a look at the last time Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and the ESPN trucks last stopped by your town:
Tuscaloosa, Alabama — Nov. 7, 2015
Alabama 30, LSU 16 | Tuscaloosa was the only SEC town to host GameDay last season, and it did so twice. The ESPN show came to T-Town four times since it last visited a different Southeastern Conference campus. Perhaps that crimson addiction has something to do with the four national championship trophies Nick Saban’s teams have stacked up.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana — Oct. 25, 2014
LSU 10, Ole Miss 7 | GameDay spent nearly two years away from Red Stick before returning to see the underdog Tigers pick off a last-second pass at the 1-yard line to take down No. 3 Mississippi. The win helped out rival Alabama, which had previously lost to Ole Miss, but went on to win the conference and reach the College Football Playoff.
Starkville, Mississippi — Oct. 11, 2014
Mississippi State 38, Auburn 23 | A dream season in Starkville included GameDay’s first-ever visit to campus. In a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup, MSU (the latter team) ran wild over the defending national runner-up and cemented quarterback Dak Prescott’s place in the Heisman Trophy discussion. The Bulldogs later fell out of the championship race, but this day in October 2014 helped build the Starkvegas brand.
Oxford, Mississippi — Oct. 4, 2014
Ole Miss 23, Alabama 17 | You might remember this one as the “Katy Perry episode,” in which an international pop star professed her love for Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, threw a corndog at the camera and tore off Lee Corso’s elephant head. On the field, Ole Miss shocked Alabama with its first win over the Crimson Tide in 11 years.
Columbia, South Carolina — Sept. 27, 2014
Missouri 21, South Carolina 20 | Missouri proved it was miles away from the first-year SEC team that endured a blowout at Williams-Brice in 2012, rallying from 13 points down in the fourth quarter en route to its second straight division crown. This date marked the last time a Steve Spurrier team entered a football game with a national ranking.
Auburn, Alabama — Nov. 30, 2013
Auburn 34, Alabama 28 | Where were you when the “Kick Six” went down? GameDay was in Lee County for the game of an SEC generation. Auburn’s last-second field-goal return ensured that Nick Saban and AJ McCarron would not win three straight titles together.
Athens, Georgia — Sept. 28, 2013
Georgia 44, LSU 41 | Athens welcomed GameDay for the first time in five years, and the Bulldogs did not disappoint. Georgia’s Aaron Murray and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger combined for 670 yards and seven touchdowns through the air, as the teams either knotted the score or changed leads four times in the final quarter.
College Station, Texas — Sept. 14, 2013
Alabama 49, Texas A&M 42 | College football fans were thirsty for Manziel vs. Alabama, Vol. 2, and they got a great show. The defending Heisman Trophy winner was great — 562 total yards — but not enough for a near-perfect performance from AJ McCarron and the defending national champions.
Gainesville, Florida — Oct. 20, 2012
Florida 44, South Carolina 11 | Remember when the Will Muschamp train was a’rolling? No. 9 South Carolina was the third Top 25 team the Gators beat up that autumn, and Florida climbed to No. 3 in the next week’s poll. Muschamp’s squad slipped up in the ensuing Cocktail Party, but gave fans in Gainesville plenty of reason for optimism with an 11-2 record and a No. 9 end-of-season ranking.
Knoxville, Tennessee — Sept. 15, 2012
Florida 37, Tennessee 20 | This game spelled the end for Volunteers coach Derek Dooley, who had a chance to end Florida’s winning streak against UT and start 3-0 in a pivotal season. His team grabbed a 20-13 in the third quarter, but the Gators scored 24 unanswered points to ensure another Rocky Flop.
Columbia, Missouri — Oct. 23, 2010
Missouri 36, Oklahoma 27 | Perhaps the most-hyped home contest of the Gary Pinkel era, the Tigers’ win over the No. 1-ranked Sooners at Faurot Field also featured what was then the largest-ever attendance for a GameDay show (est. 18,000). Despite a pair of SEC East championships in 2013 and 2014, GameDay has failed to return to Mizzou’s column-laden quadrangle.
Nashville, Tennessee — Oct. 4, 2008
Vanderbilt 14, Auburn 13 | A GameDay sighting in Nashville was about as bright as it got for Vanderbilt in the pre-James Franklin era. Bobby Johnson’s Commodores won a tight contest with the Tigers to start 5-0 and earn a No. 13 national ranking, but the ‘Dores lost their next four games and needed a two-point Music City Bowl win to end the season above .500.
Lexington, Kentucky — Oct. 20, 2007
Florida 45, Kentucky 37 | Sure, the basketball version of GameDay likes to spend time in Lexington, but the real show? It’s stayed away for nearly nine years. This 2007 matchup was a big one; No. 7 Kentucky had just downed No. 1 LSU the week before, while No. 15 Florida featured quarterback Tim Tebow, the eventual Heisman winner who collected 329 total yards and five total touchdowns to ruin the day for Big Blue Nation.
Fayetteville, Arkansas — Nov. 11, 2006
Arkansas 31, Tennessee 14 | Yes, we’re coming up on a full decade since ESPN sent GameDay to the University of Arkansas. Barring a surprising season from Bret Bielema’s rebuilding team in 2016, we’re not likely to see Herbstreit and the gang back in Razorbacks country until at least 2017, at which point the streak will have run well past the 10-year mark.