COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M's historic Simpson Drill Field will be the site of ESPN College GameDay this Saturday as the Aggies host their inaugural football game in the Southeastern Conference against the Florida Gators. The weekly College GameDay show begins at 8 a.m. CT on ESPNU, then continues at 9 a.m. CT on ESPN.
The site will give ESPN's national television audience a scenic view of The Zone at Kyle Field, overlooking the newly renovated Memorial Student Center. This is GameDay's third overall visit to Aggieland for ESPN's popular college football pregame show, now in its 26th season. The two previous visits: Nov. 4, 2006 (No. 18 Oklahoma def. No. 21 Texas A&M, 17-16) and Nov. 11, 2000 (No. 1 Oklahoma def. No. 24 Texas A&M, 35-31).
ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said, "Anytime you can showcase one of the great traditional venues in college football and then add the intrigue of Texas A&M hosting a national power like Florida in its SEC debut, you pack up the trucks and go there."
ESPN talent making the trek to Texas A&M this weekend include GameDay host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele. Brent Musburger, Herbstreit and reporter Heather Cox will call the Gators vs. Aggies game at 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Texas A&M's new GameDay commercial, featuring the time-honored Midnight Yell tradition, began airing Monday, Sept. 3, across all ESPN networks. The spot follows a nationwide voting contest, "Bring GameDay To Your Campus," that allowed fans of 124 FBS schools to vote to bring a College GameDay commercial shoot to their campus. Nearly a million votes were tabulated during the 10-day contest, with Texas A&M emerging as the victor. ESPN filmed the Midnight Yell spot in College Station in late July.
Segments on this week’s show include:
- Gene Wojciechowski reports on the price big-time schools pay to less prominent programs;
- Tom Rinaldi explores the anticipation and expectation surrounding the first season for Texas A&M and Missouri in the SEC;
- Chris Fowler sits down with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin;
- Samantha Steele travels to College Station to speak with players and coaches about redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.