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History[ edit ] Fan-made signs and flags being held up behind the set help make up the atmosphere of GameDay, as seen here at UCF in November In , GameDay began broadcasting live from outside a stadium hosting a game most Saturdays.
The selected stadium is usually hosting one of the biggest matchups of the day, regardless of whether the game airs on an ESPN network. The show takes on a festive tailgate party atmosphere, as thousands of fans gather behind the broadcast set, in view of the show's cameras.
Many fans bring flags or hand-painted signs as well, and the school's cheerleaders and mascots often join in the celebration.
Crowds at GameDay tapings are known to be quite boisterous and very spirited.
Flags seen at the broadcast are not limited to those of the home team; for example, one large Washington State flag can be seen at every broadcast, regardless of the location or the teams involved.
The idea began in on WSU online fan forums and has resulted in the flag, nicknamed "Ol' Crimson," being present at over consecutive GameDay broadcasts since Rap artist Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes now appears in the intro for this show, starting with season , as well as Lzzy Hale , lead vocalist and guitarist of the rock group Halestorm.
Additional music that has been used for the show include " Boom " by the rock group P. Note the head of Sebastian the Ibis.
Typically, the show will end with Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit issuing their predictions for that day's key matchups, finishing with the game to be played at the stadium hosting GameDay, for which Corso signifies his prediction by donning the head piece of the mascot of his predicted winner.
Prior to , this was not done on a regular basis.
Herbstreit, who in became a game analyst for ABC 's Saturday Night Football , is not allowed to make a pick for the game at which he is assigned due to parent company Disney 's conflict-of-interest rules; however, he is allowed to give one or two keys to the game.
In past years, when no suitably important game was available, it would originate instead from the ESPN studios.
In , with no suitably important game available, one show aired from Times Square instead.
College GameDay was also a source for many arguments regarding the purported east coast bias : From until , GameDay had only been to two regular season games on the entire West Coast at UCLA and at Oregon. Given the popularity of the show and the media coverage it brought to the highlighted game, teams and fans of the West Coast teams felt that the show was only magnifying the perceived problems with excess media focus on East, South and Midwest games; ESPN attributed its lack of West Coast games to the need for a very early start time AM PST and an alleged lack of high quality matchups.
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This could be done for many reasons including the fact Kirk Herbstreit is on both programs, thus making it easier for him. Another reason could be to give the Saturday Night Football game added exposure. Other changes include the addition of a female contributor—first Erin Andrews in and , and then Samantha Ponder then known by her maiden name, Samantha Steele after Andrews left ESPN for Fox following the season.
Starting in , the show began a now annual visit to the Army-Navy Game in mid-December. As previously mentioned, beginning with the 29th season , Rece Davis who is also the host of the college basketball version replaced Chris Fowler as the football version's new host.