Unless you live under a rock or maybe in Lexington, you have heard that ESPN College GameDay will be broadcasting from Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium on Saturday September 17th for the noon kickoff of Louisville vs. Florida State. This will be the first time that Louisville has hosted GameDay but hopefully not the last. This is Louisville’s second appearance on GameDay. The first was January 2nd 2013 vs Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Louisville won the game played in New Orleans, La. 33-23.
Since this is the first time Louisville will host GameDay it will be a brand new experience and the nations eyes will be on us. Louisville is no stranger to national attention and we have handled it beautifully every time. I assume this will be no different. Because this is the first time GameDay will be in our city, I implore you to soak in every bit of it. Join in on all the hype this week. Make a creative sign with proper spelling and grammar. Get there early, get on television, proudly represent your school and city and most of all, have fun. Maximize your experience because even though it appears that Louisville will become a constant near the top of the college football landscape, nothing is guaranteed. It’s quite possible this could be a first and a last. I said possible but it’s not probable.
In case you need more information pertaining to the GameDay experience as a fan, here is all you need to know.
Here are some fun facts about ESPN College GameDay,
- First aired in 1987.
- Lee Corso is the only original cast member remaining .
- First began broadcasting live from outside a stadium hosting a game in 1993
- First college to host was Notre Dame on Nov.13th, 1993 where #2 Notre Dame defeated #1 Florida State 31-24.
- Alabama has hosted it the most (15) and Ohio State is second (14).
- In 2007, it began broadcasting in HD on ESPN.
- 11th time a top-10 team has hosted the 2nd ranked team at a GameDay site.
- The home team is 10-2 the last 12 times GameDay has been to a top-10 matchup on a host campus.
- Louisville is the seventh first-time school to host GameDay in the last three years.
- All four debut hosts in 2014 won their games.
- First-time hosts are 40-26 all-time.
Here is a video of the history of GameDay signs,