Posted: 2:36 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013
By Chip Towers
ATHENS -- ESPN's College GameDay is coming to town this week. If you're a Georgia fan, you may see that as a good thing or a bad thing.
The last time the famous college football preview show brought its act to UGA things did not go so well -- at least not for the Bulldogs. A good time was had by all and Georgia held a "blackout" at Sanford Stadium, which until then had been a good thing. But the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs went down hard against No. 8 Alabama 41-30.
That continued what has been a pretty unsightly trend for Georgia when ESPN sends its convoy of trucks to one of its games. According to ESPN, the Bulldogs are 3-12 when the College GameDay crew is on site for one of their games. That includes 0-2 in Athens and 0-1 this season. GameDay was at Clemson on Aug. 31 when the Bulldogs fell 38-35. Two of Georgia's three wins came over Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2002 and 2007. The other one was at South Carolina in 2004.
For what it's worth, LSU is 14-6 when GameDay is in the house, including 2-1 in national championship games.
ESPN has decided to set up again in the Myers Quad on the UGA campus. That's the same location -- behind the newly rebuilt Rutherford Hall on Sanford Drive -- they were in 2008. The trucks will roll into Athens on Wednesday, the set will be built on Thursday and they will broadcast SportsCenter and College Football Live on location on Friday. The College GameDay show will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Especially excited about this week's events is former Georgia defensive end David Pollack. A member of the ESPN broadcast crew, he'll be a color analyst for Thursday night's game between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium, then get to participate in the GameDay telecast Saturday morning on the campus of his alma mater.
So glad or sad to see College GameDay coming in?
GAMEDAY AND GEORGIA
The Bulldogs are 3-12 when ESPN's College GameDay preview show is on site for one of their games. The following chart includes new corrected data provided by ESPN.
9/9/95 L 27-30 at Tennessee
10/10/98 L 3-22 vs. Tennessee
10/30/99 L 14-30 vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
10/5/02 W 27-25 at Alabama
11/2/02 L 13-20 vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
9/20/03 L 10-17 at LSU
9/11/04 W at South Carolina
11/13/04 L 6-24 at Auburn
10/29/05 L 10-14 vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
9/22/07 W 26-23 (OT) at Alabama
9/27/08 L 30-41 vs. Alabama
12/3/11 L 10-42 vs. LSU (Atlanta)
9/29/12 L 7-35 at South Carolina
12/4/12 L 28-32 vs. Alabama (Atlanta)
8/31/13 L 35-38 at Clemson