Penn State-Ohio State Ties Alabama-LSU As Most Visited Matchup By College GameDay

Penn State vs. Ohio State is now tied with Alabama vs. LSU as the matchup that’s been visited the most by ESPN’s College GameDay.

The GameDay crew has stopped by the site of the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes’ annual clash nine times since the show was first aired on location in 1993. Its first visit to a game came in Columbus before a 38-7 victory for the Buckeyes in 1996.

ESPN visited the matchup twice in three years from 1996 to 1998, but both games were played at Ohio Stadium. The network wouldn’t return to the matchup until 2005, the year Penn State took down the sixth-ranked Buckeyes in the second-ever student White Out. That matchup was the first of four consecutive meetings that the GameDay crew was in town for, including Penn State’s famous 13-6 victory at the Horseshoe in 2008.

College GameDay didn’t attend the two teams’ 2009 meeting, opting to set up shop at Army and Air Force’s clash in Colorado Springs instead. It would be back for the teams’ 2010 matchup — a 38-24 Buckeye victory. Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and the rest of the crew came to each of the past two meetings between the teams after not going to any meeting from 2011 to 2016.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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