For the third consecutive year, College GameDay, an ESPN football program, will be joining the masses in University Park this Saturday, Oct. 19 for the Penn State-Michigan White Out game. College GameDay provides fans with all the pre-game information, news and analysis of the game to come later that day. Hosted by Rece Davis, this weekend’s show will take place on the HUB lawn and is set to air live from 9 a.m. to noon.
The four beloved commentators, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack end each show with their predictions on which team will win. The most highly anticipated prediction comes from Lee Corso who has been on the show since it first began in 1987. Corso reveals his prediction and surprises fans by wearing the mascot head of the team he predicts will win. In addition, each Saturday a guest picker is selected to voice their prediction. Guest pickers can be former coaches or players, well-known alumni or celebrities who share the love for Penn State. Last year’s guest picker? Our favorite alumnus, Keegan Michael Key, of course!
On home game weekends, Happy Valley becomes the third-largest municipality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with its population soaring from about 98,000 to 230,000. When College GameDay is in town, that final number is more than likely to increase.
Each year, the Nittany Nation shows out loud and proud to celebrate the College GameDay special. Many alumni, students and State College residents take the opportunity to share their pride by creating comical signs and posters. Fans can be seen behind the commentators throughout the show jumping around in hopes of getting on camera and possibly going viral. Hundreds of fans arrive hours early, sometimes even the day before, for a chance to be front row at the event and have their sign featured.
Likewise, College Football Live, another ESPN segment, will take place on Friday at 3 p.m. on the HUB lawn. This segment serves as a preview for all of Saturday’s college football games. If you want to be part of the action this Friday and Saturday, make sure you show up early sporting your finest white Penn State apparel. Kickoff for the No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 16 Michigan game will be at 7:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.
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