Penn State’s history with ESPN’s College GameDay runs deep.
Lee Corso’s first ever headgear pick took place when the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes hosted the No. 4 Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium. Corso ended up siding against Penn State, throwing on the Brutus Buckeye head piece before the Nittany Lions fell 38-7.
This moment in Week 5 of the 1996 season ultimately began a famous tradition that is still cherished today by college football fans across the nation.
The GameDay crew, which now consists of analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, and Desmond Howard, as well as host Rece Davis among others, has made the trip to Happy Valley a total of five times. This upcoming Saturday will be their sixth, however, and the first since 2009.
Since Corso’s first headgear pick at Ohio Stadium, the Nittany Lion mascot has had a chance at fame on 15 different occasions on GameDay.
Corso has only forecasted the Nittany Lions to win 3 out of the 15 times he has had the opportunity to don the headgear of Penn State’s historic mascot. Nonetheless, his record when picking these games is an impressive 11-4.
The last time Corso wore the Nittany Lion was on September 26, 2009, before No. 4 Penn State was upset by Iowa in front of more than 100,000 fans in Beaver Stadium.
The College GameDay analyst has most recently sided against the blue and white by sporting the Wisconsin Badger before last year’s Big Ten Championship and the Trojan armor before the 2017 Rose Bowl.
Here is every GameDay headgear prediction involving the Nittany Lions with Lee Corso’s picks in bold:
Oct. 5,1996 – Penn State at Ohio State (PSU loss 7-38)
Aug. 28, 1999 – Arizona at Penn State (PSU win 41-7)
Sept. 25, 2004 – Penn State at Wisconsin (PSU loss 3-16)
Oct. 8, 2005 – Ohio State at Penn State (PSU win 17-10)
Nov. 19, 2005 – Penn State at Michigan State (PSU win 31-22)
Sept. 23, 2006 – Penn State at Ohio State (PSU loss 6-28)
Oct. 27, 2007 – Ohio State at Penn State (PSU loss 17-37)
Oct. 25, 2008 – Penn State at Ohio State (PSU win 13-6)
Jan. 1, 2009 Rose Bowl – Penn State vs. Southern California (PSU loss 24-38)
Sept. 26, 2009 – Iowa at Penn State (PSU loss 10-21)
Sept. 11, 2010 – Penn State at Alabama (PSU loss 3-24)
Oct. 2, 2010 – Penn State at Iowa (PSU loss 3-24)
Nov. 13, 2010 – Penn State at Ohio State (PSU loss 14-38)
Dec. 3, 2016 B1G Championship – Penn State vs. Wisconsin (PSU win 38-31)
Jan. 2, 2017 Rose Bowl – Penn State vs. USC (PSU loss 49-52)