ESPN’s College GameDay is scheduled to end the 2017-18 season in Atlanta for the national championship game. It will also begin the season in the same city on Sept. 2.
The World Wide Leader in Sports officially announced Wednesday that College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air from the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 2 before the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Florida State and Alabama.
The matchup very well could be a preview of the national title game, which will also be at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Many experts are predicting the Seminoles and Crimson Tide to win their respective conferences and advance to the College Football Playoff.
This first show will officially begin the 25th season of College GameDay, which airs weekly from college campuses around the country. This episode will mark the 11th time the show will be coming from Atlanta. Eight of those previous episodes were aired from the historic Georgia Dome, which closed this year.
Florida State and Alabama are no strangers to College GameDay either. The show has come from a location where those schools were going to be playing that day a combined 72 times. Both teams are expected to be in the Top 5 on opening week, and with the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it’s must-see television for all college football fans.
Fittingly, Atlanta native Maria Taylor will join College GameDay as a reporter, replacing Sam Ponder, for this season. The rest of the cast – host Rece Davis and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollock – will return.