As soon as it was announced that No. 5 Georgia would take on No. 3 Clemson in Charlotte, N.C., to kick off the season in 2021, it became a foregone conclusion where “College GameDay” would be heading.
Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and the crew will set up shop outside of Bank of America Stadium on Saturday to preview what is likely the single-biggest nonconference game of the season — if not the biggest game, hands down. This game will be brought up, regularly, in any and all future College Football Playoff discussions.
Clemson and Dabo Swinney should feel right at home in the familiar confines of Charlotte, where they have enjoyed winning the ACC championship every year since 2015 (and have twice won “GameDay”-featured matchups). This will be Georgia and Kirby Smart’s first visit to Charlotte, which is roughly a three-hour drive northeast of hometown Athens.
Regardless, the two biggest names to watch on Saturday are quarterbacks JT Daniels and D.J. Uiagalelei of Georgia and Clemson, respectively. Both enjoyed decent success in tough spots, as Daniels completed 80 of 119 passes for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns to two interceptions in four games. Uiagalelei played in nine games, completing 78 of 117 passes for 914 yards and five touchdowns; he added 28 rush attempts for 60 yards and four scores.
Which of those two quarterbacks will be the one to lead their team to victory? We can’t wait to find out — or for “College GameDay” to preview the game:
Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 1?
- Location: Charlotte, N.C.
- Matchup: No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 3 Clemson
The second episode of “GameDay” in 2021 will feature its second neutral-site game, this one at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., for the mega matchup between No. 5 Georgia and No. 3 Clemson. Georgia will make its 26th appearance all time on the show, while Clemson will make its 29th; the programs are 8-17 and 18-10, respectively, in their previous appearances.
Georgia has had terrible showings while featured on “GameDay,” going 2-9 in neutral-site locations. They are also 0-1 all time against Clemson in such matchups, losing the only game 38-35 in 2013 in Clemson, S.C.
The Tigers have enjoyed considerably more success on the show, going 18-10 overall and 7-6 in neutral-site games. Moreover, they have beaten each of their two previous opponents — No. 7 Miami in 2017 and No. 2 Notre Dame in 2020 — by an average of 29.5 points every time “GameDay” has visited Charlotte.
‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN
- TV channel: ESPN
- Start time: 9 a.m. ET
Davis, Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will preview Week 1 action live from Charlotte, N.C. starting at 9 a.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
There seems little doubt “GameDay” will broadcast from Columbus, Ohio in Week 2 for the potential top-10 meeting of No. 4 Ohio State and No. 11 Oregon. If the program heads elsewhere, however, there is also the Cy-Hawk Series in Ames, Iowa between No. 18 Iowa and No. 7 Iowa State. Another potential option is Ann Arbor, Mich., where No. 20 Washington will take on host Michigan.
|Week||Matchup||Location||Guest Picker||Corso’s Headgear||Outcome|
|0||Alcorn State vs. NCCU||Atlanta||Eddie George||Braves||NCCU 23, Alcorn State 14|
|1||No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 3 Clemson||Charlotte, N.C.||TBD||TBD||TBD|
Who is the guest picker on ‘College GameDay’ for Week 1?
“GameDay” has yet to announce who its guest picker will be for Week 1.