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While I could see the crew go to Ireland for Notre Dame-Navy, most of the time week 0 is a studio show.
Colorado at. TCU
Deion Sanders’ D1 coaching debut will be in Fort Worth against the 2022-2023 national runners up TCU. ESPN’s College Gameday will likely go there but a trip to Charlotte for North Carolina-South Carolina makes sense as well with it likely being a game that will be televised.
Texas at. Alabama
The crew went to Austin for this match up last season and it did not disappoint. Barring a disappointing start from Texas, they will be in Tuscaloosa.
South Carolina at. Georgia
The back to back reigning champs versus an improving South Carolina program should be the choice this week.
Florida State at. Clemson
A return to the Ohio State-Notre Dame game like last season could be possible but if FSU and Clemson are both undefeated it’s hard to imagine GameDay not going to Death Valley with the game likely being in ABC.
USC at. Colorado
Pac-12 favorite USC will head to face a Deion Sanders-led Colorado team for the first time next fall. A trip to Boulder for the first time in awhile might be fun for the preview show.
Texas vs. Oklahoma (Dallas, TX)
I had a very hard time picking between the final Big 12 edition of the Red River Rivalry and Alabama-Texas A&M. Because it is likely the final edition on FOX and the aforementioned Big 12, GameDay should choose to go here with all of the southeast flair in their selections the first few weeks.
Oregon at. Washington
The crew will head back to Seattle for the first time in a few seasons when the Washington faces Oregon. In what will be a loaded Pac-12 this season, this game will have conference championship steaks on the line.
Penn State at. Ohio State
GameDay should pass on Alabama-Tennessee if they want to go to Alabama-LSU a few weeks later. Plus, with Penn State and Ohio State atop the Big Ten East with Michigan, this may be a scenario where three teams are 11-1 at the end of the season and all have cases to make the College Football Playoff. A game between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will have some determination in this playoff race.
Clemson at. NC State
The Clemson-NC State rivalry has heated up over the past few seasons and with the ACC making it a permanent rivalry in their new format, this game will have ramifications for the ACC title near the middle of the season, making it a possible choice for ESPN.
LSU at. Alabama
Like I said previously, GameDay will go to this game likely if they don’t go to Alabama-Tennessee two weeks earlier. I anticipate CBS making this game or the Alabama-Tennessee their nightcap SEC game so if this is the one, the crew should be headed back to Tuscaloosa.
Michigan at. Penn State
What seems like a three team race for the Big Ten East in the pre-season should be very competitive. Just weeks after going to Columbus for the Buckeyes versus the Nittany Lions, ESPN should make the decision to head to State College for Penn State versus Michigan.
Georgia at. Tennessee
The likely battle for the SEC East will be on everyone’s radar the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Even if this game will be on CBS, this should not impact GameDay’s decision.
Ohio State at. Michigan
GameDay goes to this annual rivalry game in Ann Arbor or Columbus for this game every season now: no reason for them to stop doing it.
SEC Championship Game (Atlanta)
If the SEC has two top ten teams playing in their conference championship, GameDay should be headed to Atlanta.
Army vs. Navy (Foxborough)
The only game in week 15 will host the crew in Foxborough this season.