ESPN College GameDay Returns to Rocky Top For Saturday’s SEC Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time since the 2016 season, ESPN College GameDay—college football’s longest-running and most celebrated pregame show—will originate from the University of Tennessee campus as the Volunteers host Florida for their Southeastern Conference opener on Saturday in Neyland Stadium.

The show airs live on ESPN from 9 am to noon ET Saturday. Live shots will also take place Friday for various ESPN programming and on Saturday morning’s SportsCenter prior to the show. The broadcast location will be announced soon.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm ET on CBS from a sold-out Neyland Stadium.

It marks the 10th time that Tennessee will host College GameDay and the 22nd time that the Vols have appeared on college football’s most popular pregame show.

Including this Saturday, the past three times that Tennessee has hosted College GameDay has been for a matchup with the Gators. The last occurred on Sept. 24, 2016, a game that saw the 14th-ranked Vols rally from a 21-0 deficit to beat 19th-ranked Florida, 38-28, as quarterback Joshua Dobbs accounted for five touchdowns.

Saturday marks the ninth Tennessee-Florida game that College GameDay has broadcast from. The series is tied for the third-most frequently visited matchup by the show, trailing only Alabama-LSU (11) and Ohio State-Penn State (11). Alabama-Georgia has also been a part of nine broadcasts.

No. 15/16 Tennessee is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2016 season. Led by sixth-year senior quarterback Hendon Hookerthe Vols own the nation’s fourth-highest scoring offense (52.0) and are third in the FBS in total offense (553.7).

No. 18/21 Florida enters the game with a 2-1 record following a 32-28 victory over USF on Saturday night in Gainesville.

Saturday’s UT SEC opener will also see the return of #CheckerNeyland, which showcases the Vols’ iconic checkerboard pattern through Neyland Stadium.

Fans are encouraged to wear orange or white, depending on their seat location. To find out if your seat section is orange or white, go to CheckerNeyland.com and enter your section/row/seat number as it appears on your digital ticket. Fans in the North End Zone Party Deck are encouraged to wear white.

Fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early and have their digital parking passes and tickets ready. Gate 21 Will Call opens at 11:30 am, and gates to Neyland Stadium open at 1:30 pm

All-Time Tennessee ESPN College GameDay Appearances

1995
Sept. 9, 1995 Georgia at No. 8 Tennessee
October 14, 1995 No. 6 Tennessee at No. 12 Alabama



1996
Sept. 21, 1996 No. 4 Florida at No. 2 Tennessee



1997
Sept. 20, 1997 No. 4 Tennessee at No. 2 Florida
Jan. 2, 1998 No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 2 Nebraska

Orange Bowl (Miami, Fla.)



1998
October 10, 1998 No. 4 Tennessee at No. 7 Georgia
Jan. 4, 1999 No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 1 Tennessee

BCS National Championship Game / Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, Ariz.)



1999
Sept. 18, 1999 No. 2 Tennessee at No. 4 Florida
Nov. 6, 1999 No. 24 Notre Dame at No. 4 Tennessee



2000
Sept. 16, 2000 No. 6 Florida at No. 11 Tennessee



2001
Dec. 1, 2001 No. 5 Tennessee at No. 2 Florida



2002
Sept. 21, 2002 No. 10 Florida at No. 4 Tennessee
Nov. 9, 2002 No. 2 Miami at Tennessee



2004
October 2, 2004 No. 8 Auburn at No. 10 Tennessee
Dec. 4, 2004 No. 15 Tennessee vs. No. 3 Auburn

SEC Championship (Atlanta, Ga.)



2006
October 28, 2006 No. 8 Tennessee at South Carolina
Nov. 11, 2006 No. 13 Tennessee at No. 11 Arkansas



2012
Sept. 15, 2012 No. 18 Florida at No. 23 Tennessee



2016
Sept. 10, 2016 Virginia Tech vs. No. 17 Tennessee

Battle at Bristol (Bristol, Tenn.)
Sept. 24, 2016 No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee
October 8, 2016 No. 9 Tennessee at No. 8 Texas A&M

2022
Sept. 24, 2022 No. 18 Florida at No. 15 Tennessee



Note: College GameDay was originally scheduled to originate from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for No. 10 Tennessee at No. 4 LSU on Sept. 24, 2005, but the game was postponed to Monday, Sept. 26, due to the approach of Hurricane Rita.

 

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