Where will ESPN College GameDay go Oct. 23 for college football Week 8? Top 5 sites ranked
Since 1993, ESPN "College GameDay" has been going on the road to the biggest college football games each weekend.
It's a college football fan destination.
But ESPN doesn't announce the site of "College GameDay" until less than a week before the game in most situations, so we're here to help football fans get prepared for where "College GameDay" may be headed on Oct. 23 for college football Week 8.
We have no inside information from ESPN. This is just based on "College GameDay" site selection habits and proclivities over the years.
Any of these sites are likely to drop in consideration if either team loses during Week 7.
ESPN "College GameDay" airs each Saturday morning during the college football season from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT on ESPN and ESPNU. The show is scheduled to broadcast from Athens, Georgia, on Saturday, Oct. 16.
Top choice: Jacksonville State at Sam Houston State football
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Game time, TV: 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 23; ESPN+
Why "College GameDay" will choose Jacksonville State at Sam Houston State football: It's a weak slate of FBS games on Oct. 23, so an FCS game seems likely. Sam Houston is the defending FCS national champion. Jacksonville State adds the storyline of beating Florida State earlier this season. SHSU is ranked No. 1 in the FCS Coaches Poll, and Jacksonville State is ranked No. 22. Also, the game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN+.
Why "College GameDay" won't choose Jacksonville State at Sam Houston State football: It's an FCS site. "College GameDay" only does about one a year. Will this be the FCS site it chooses in 2021?
Runner-up: Missouri State at North Dakota State football
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Game time, TV: 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 23; ESPN+
Why "College GameDay" will choose Missouri State at North Dakota State football: NDSU is ranked No. 3 in the FCS Coaches Poll, and Missouri State is ranked No. 23. Missouri State is coached by former Arkansas and Louisville coach Bobby Petrino. "College GameDay" has previously been to Fargo. Also, the game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN+.
Why "College GameDay" won't choose Missouri State at North Dakota State football: It could be a negative that "College GameDay" already went to Fargo in both 2013 and 2014, and maybe being there twice could send the show to Sam Houston instead.
Choice No. 3: Southern California at Notre Dame football
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Game time, TV: 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 23; NBC
Why "College GameDay" will choose USC at Notre Dame football: This is the best FBS option with No. 13-ranked Notre Dame hosting long-standing rival Southern California. "College GameDay" hasn't gone to the USC vs. Notre Dame game since a trip to Los Angeles in 2012.
Why "College GameDay" won't choose USC at Notre Dame football: The game is on NBC, and "College GameDay" already went to the Notre Dame game vs. Wisconsin in Chicago on Sept. 25.
Choice No. 4: Tennessee at Alabama football
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Game time, TV: 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 23; ESPN
Why "College GameDay" will choose Tennessee at Alabama football: This is the Saturday night game on ESPN. Both Tennessee and Alabama have large fan bases. The show likes to go to Tuscaloosa, having gone there 11 times since 2010, and this is probably the last chance to head there in 2021.
Why "College GameDay" won't choose Tennessee at Alabama football: Through the first eight destinations this season, four have involved SEC teams. This is a chance to go elsewhere. The only time the show has gone to an Alabama vs. Tennessee game was in 1995, and that game was in Birmingham, Alabama
Choice No. 5: San Diego State at Air Force football
Location: United States Air Force Academy, Colorado
Game time, TV: 5 p.m. MT on Saturday, Oct. 23; CBS Sports Network
Why "College GameDay" will choose San Diego State at Air Force football: San Diego State is putting together an impressive season. Air Force handed Wyoming its first loss Oct. 9, and the potential of Air Force spoiling the San Diego State season, too, could be tempting.
Why "College GameDay" won't choose San Diego State at Air Force football: The game is on CBS Sports Network. Being in Colorado presents logistical problems getting Kirk Herbstreit to another game to broadcast later that day.
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"College GameDay" is hosted by Rece Davis and includes analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Lee Corso.
Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.