Yes, it’s that time again. Time for College Football fans everywhere to bring random signs to various campuses around the United States, and attempt to distract the Gameday crew. ESPN today, announced the first two College Gameday sites for the year, and while we already knew that Atlanta was the first, the second doesn’t really come as a surprise either. Via ESPN PR….
The first two College GameDay Built by The Home Depot sites of the 2009 season have been determined with the show kicking off in Atlanta September 5 followed by Columbus, Ohio September 12. ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning college football show will be aired Saturdays at 10 a.m. ET beginning September 5.
The 17th season of consistently originating from one of the day’s best games or matchups with compelling storylines – and 23rd season of the show — will kick off from Atlanta for the second annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game pitting #5 Alabama vs. #7 Virginia Tech (all rankings from the USA Today Top 25 Coaches’ Poll). The matchup will mark the debut of the fourth annual Saturday Night Football Presented by Southwest Airlines series on ABC at 8 p.m.
The following week, Saturday, September 12, College GameDay will originate from Columbus, Ohio for #4 USC at #6 Ohio State in a showdown between traditional power programs that will be televised on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Those were certainly the two obvious choices, and will certainly be different than the rest of the year. You can expect the Gameday bus to be at just about every SEC College this season, and to rarely head up North.