Projecting every College GameDay location for the 2023 college football season
Designing every College GameDay venue ahead of the 2023 football season continues our all-too-early look at a new campaign that we expect to be just as unpredictable as the previous one.
College GameDay most popular pre-match show on all major networks, debuted in 1987 and hasn’t been interrupted since, with its biggest season scheduled for 2023. Kirk Herbstrait, Lee Corso and their gang have been making predictions for games in the spotlight beyond countless venues for more than three decades. , often choosing the sites that get the most national attention based on match.
Keep an eye on the top of the rankings and you’ll have a good idea of where the ESPN team will go next. And who could blame them? Rankings are everything, and College GameDay often follows the SEC and the Big Ten.
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Looking at the full schedule of college football ahead of the 2023 season, we can guess where College GameDay will take place each weekend:
Week 1: Colorado at TCU
There are a few other big games that Power Five opponents clash outside of conferences, such as LSU-Florida State in Orlando and South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte, but this one brings Colorado freshman Deion Sanders and his new coach the most exposure. mode, along with the program reaching the playoffs for the first time in program history. TCU has only hosted College GameDay three times in school history, most recently in 2018. This will be Colorado’s seventh appearance at College GameDay ever and could be the only opportunity fans will get in 2023 if things go badly in Year 1 for Coach Prime.
Week 2: Texas in Alabama
This match was special during the 2022 campaign and lived up to expectations in the war of the four quarters. The encore should be as exciting as the Longhorns’ attempt to return the favor in Tuscaloosa. It will be the first opportunity to draw attention to the Alabama starting quarterback’s first year — whether it’s Jalen Milroe or Ty Simpson — and marks the unofficial debut of new offensive coordinator Tommy Rees. Before this game, Alabama will play Middle Tennessee, but the season really starts here for the Crimson Tide against a top 15 contender.
Week 3: Tennessee in Florida
There are two clear options for week 3 and both come from the Securities and Exchange Commission – Tennessee in Florida and South Carolina in Georgia. We expect the Volunteers and Bulldogs to be undefeated for two weeks, but the Gators and Gamecocks will face some serious out-of-conference issues ahead of these opening SECs. This is happening early enough in the season that we’re guessing ESPN will want flawless team battles in Week 3. The Gators last hosted College GameDay in 2019 and appeared on the show 42 times, second most behind Ohio and Alabama.
Week 4: Florida State at Clemson
A potential first round preview of what we’ll see later this season to mark the ACC Championship game, these two College Football preseason playoff contenders will play in Death Valley early this fall. The Tigers’ last big home game was a loss to South Carolina, so Coach Dabo Sweeney’s group is looking to start another long winning streak at Memorial Stadium, where the Seminoles will be one of the first casualties. Florida State, meanwhile, is wrapping up a 10-win campaign under coach Mike Norvell and has one of the most talented rosters in years. This one will get even more attention if the Seminoles beat LSU in the season opener.
Week 5: Georgia at the Auburn
Pay special attention to USC Colorado’s opportunity at this location if the Buffs come out of the gate hotter than everyone expects, and much of the same process is happening here with Auburn and freshman coach Hugh Freese. The Tigers’ September roster can be controlled short of a trip to Texas A&M last week, but who knows how the Aggies will react to a five-win 2022 faceplant. This SEC rivalry is ripe for College GameDay if both teams are flawless and ranked, which is entirely possible.
Week 6: Oklahoma vs. Texas
This one fell short in 2022, a one-sided knockout from the Longhorns. Oklahoma and coach Brent Venables can’t let this happen again if the Sooners want to return to national prominence as a respected top 25 team. This will be Texas’ second appearance at College GameDay in six weeks. See where we’re going? There’s a reason we chose the Longhorns as the New Year’s Six preseason pre-season ahead of Coach Steve Sarkeesian’s third season. However, this game may mean more to Oklahoma and the perception of the program.
Week 7: USC at Notre Dame
This weekend, College GameDay can get creative and go to a non-Power Five school and make history. ESPN seems to like to do this at least once during college football season. Slate might be better in mid-November, that’s for sure. In fact, if a weekend can be missed during the 2023 campaign, this could be it. By the way, this is not what we stand for. Of course, there’s an easy option if Notre Dame is hot in the off-season, and that’s when USC comes to South Bend, which is likely to be a game the Trojans should win in a playoff race.
Week 8: Penn State in Ohio
College GameDay will host massive matches on a very important weekend of the 2023 season. There is the state of Pennsylvania – the state of Ohio, the state of Tennessee – Alabama, Utah – the University of Southern California … the list goes on. The winner of this game in Columbus, Ohio will move into the driver’s seat of the Big Ten East, with Michigan looming for both in the future. And given Penn State’s preseason level of buzz after an 11-win season and a Rose Bowl win, the Nittany Lions will be a tough game for the Buckeyes.
Week 9: Oregon in Utah
Ohio State in Wisconsin is the top option in Week 9, but there’s little chance of College GameDay following the Buckeyes for weeks on end. As such, the Pac-12 takes center stage in an Oregon-Utah matchup that could determine a league championship half game later in the campaign. The Utah are battling for their third straight conference title and a Rose Bowl appearance, while the Ducks are looking to play better this time around. Oregon was in control of its fortunes in the November 2022 playoff race, but it managed to get worse.
Week 10: LSU in Alabama
Get the Sharpy out. College GameDay will return to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for this game while the Tigers and Crimson Tide are in the top 10. This rivalry in the SEC West rarely disappoints and should be fraught with playoff and division title repercussions. Last season’s instant classic was incredible, settling for a 2-point overtime conversion that shattered Alabama’s playoff hopes and seemingly ended the West for LSU. Think Alabama has something to prove this time around?
Week 11: Miami in Florida
Disclaimer: This prediction is up to Miami and whether Coach Mario Cristobal’s second season is better than his first season with the Hurricanes. Florida State is expected to be nationally ranked and in contention for the top spot in the ACC standings, while Miami could be a surprise team in 2023. within a three week period. The ACC would like to see the rivalry between the states of Miami and Florida once again have some national significance.
Week 12: Georgia to Tennessee
Georgia will go on the longest winning streak in the country at Neyland Stadium in a game that could decide the SEC East. How do you like the intrigue? This is the Bulldogs’ only game in the regular season that should worry Georgia fans and…