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ESPN’s College GameDay Returning To Happy Valley For Penn State-Auburn

College GameDay is coming back to our city, folks.

ESPN announced Saturday night that its flagship college football morning show will air live from Happy Valley ahead of No. 11 Penn State’s clash with No. 25 Auburn. The game also doubles as Beaver Stadium’s legendary White Out, and we know the GameDay crew can’t get enough of that.

This is now the fifth straight year College GameDay comes to Penn State in recent history. The GameDay crew famously returned to Happy Valley for the first time in eight years ahead of the 2017 White Out and stuck around for the 2018 and 2019 White Outs, too. And although fans weren’t there in 2020, the GameDay crew was.

Next weekend will be Penn State’s 23rd overall appearance on the show and its 10th time hosting.

Right now, it’s unclear where exactly Kirk Herbstreit and the fellas will set up shop. College GameDay took over Old Main Lawn in 2017 and 2018, moved to the HUB Lawn in 2019, and ventured into Beaver Stadium in a fan-less 2020 appearance.

The pregame show will begin at 9 a.m. and air until noon. GameDay always culminates with the great Lee Corso making his pick for the featured game by whipping out the headgear of who he thinks will win.

Last year, the GameDay crew saw then-No. 18 Penn State got clobbered by No. 3 Ohio State in a 38-25 loss. Jahan Doston’s incredible 144-yard, three-touchdown performance wasn’t enough to keep the Nittany Lions afloat during a spooky Halloween haunt.

Penn State football (2-0) will kick off against Auburn (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18. The matchup will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

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Matt DiSanto

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.


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