On Sept. 25, ESPN revealed on Media Zone that its weekly college football show is headed to Athens, Ga. to hype one of the biggest games of the week. Before the No. 6 LSU Tigers take on the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs, “College Game Day” on ESPN will examine all facets of the powerful SEC match-up during a 3-hour live show with in-depth analysis. The set will originate from Myers Quad on the campus of the University of Georgia.
Sports writers are predicting an exciting and close game. SB Nation said on Sept. 25, “This one has the makings of a shootout, and will likely come down to which team can make more plays on defense.” It predicted a win for LSU. On the other hand, Bleacher Report also expects an epic battle between the hedges, but predicts a victory for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Hosted by Chris Fowler, the ESPN “College Game Day” crew also includes analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack with reporting by Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski. Interestingly enough, it will be the first time Pollack visits his alma mater as a member of the “College Game Day” team. As a defensive end for the Georgia Bulldogs, Pollack was just the second player from the team to be named a three-time All-American. His accolades included 2002 SEC Player of the Year honors, the 2003 and 2004 Ted Hendricks Award and (all in 2004): the Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Pollack joined ESPN in 2009 and has been a regular on “College Game Day” since 2011.
It is Game Day's third visit to Athens and first since 2008. The two previous visits were on Sept. 27, 2008 (No. 8 Alabama defeated No. 3 Georgia, 41-30) and Oct. 10, 1998 (No. 5 Tennessee defeated No. 7 Georgia, 22-3).
In addition, several studio shows will have live hits from Athens on Friday, including SportsCenter and College Football Live (5 p.m. EST on ESPN2).
“College Game Day” from Athens airs from 9 a.m.-12 noon EST on Saturday, Sept. 28 on ESPN.
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