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ESPN ‘College GameDay’ coming back to Columbus for The Game

They’re comin’ to our city!

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

For the third time this season, the Worldwide Leader’s flagship college football pregame show, “College GameDay,” will be at the site (kind of) of a Buckeye game. However, for the first time in 2018, that site will be Columbus.

Following visits to Fort Worth — just down the road from AT&T Stadium where the Buckeyes played TCU — and Happy Valley before the September matchup with Penn State, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Maria Taylor, David Pollack, Chris “The Bear” Fallica, and the Heisman winner who will not be named will be at or around the Horseshoe when No. 10 Ohio State hosts No. 4 Michigan with a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game on the line.

Ohio State is no stranger to hosting “GameDay,” as this will be the TV program’s record 18th visit to Ohio’s capital city, but believe it or not, just the fourth time that they’ve visited The ‘Shoe for The Game. The Wolverines have hosted the ESPN crew just twice for the rivalry game.

This will be the Buckeyes’ 43rd time being in a “GameDay” contest, and they have a record in those games of 29–13 (.690), the best of any team that’s hosted more than 10 times. Conversely, TTUN has been the “GameDay” featured contest 29 times, and holds a .517 winning percentage (15–14).

Of course Brutus’ giant nut noggin also holds some “GameDay” history, as it was the first piece of headgear that the Sunshine Scooter ever donned to mark a prediction.

This game feels a bit different though, as for the first time in what feels like decades, the Buckeyes will likely be substantial underdogs in the game, despite their 10-1 record. Let’s see if having the “GameDay” crew in town can bring them a little bit of luck.