For the third straight week, “College GameDay” will feature a meeting of top-10 teams.
This week, that takes the form of an SEC matchup between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia — the conference’s last remaining undefeated teams just four weeks into its season. While Saturday’s game is the only guaranteed meeting between the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs, they could see each other again in the SEC championship game on Dec. 19. So, will Saturday’s monumental matchup be the only of the season, or a precursor to a December rematch?
Regardless, the outcome of Saturday’s contest will hinge on both teams’ defenses; for Georgia’s second-ranked unit, that includes limiting one of the most prolific offense in the country in Mac Jones, Najee Harris, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith. For Alabama’s, that entails making even a few stops against Stetson Bennett, Zamir White and Co.
Here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits the Tuscaloosa, Ala.:
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Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 7?
- Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Matchup: No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama
Saturday’s episode of “GameDay” will take place in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the city’s 15th appearance on the show (and the Crimson Tide’s 48th total). Alabama has a 30-17 record all-time on “GameDay,” including a 4-2 record against Georgia. That said, the Tide are 6-8 when the featured home team; that includes an 0-2 stint against the Bulldogs. This will be Georgia’s 25th all-time appearance on “GameDay,” where they have gone 8-16 in their prior 24 meetings. That includes a 3-5 record as the away team.
‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN
- TV channel: ESPN
- Start time: 9 a.m. ET
The “College GameDay” crew of Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack will preview Week 7’s college football action live from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Lee Corso, whose health is at greater risk should he contract COVID-19, has to this point set up a remote office in his home. The game will be broadcast on CBS, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.
“GameDay” has several options to consider for its Week 8 site; depending on the outcome of Saturday’s games, it could consider a trek to Knoxville, Tenn., for a ranked matchup between No. 2 Alabama and No. 18 Tennessee. Another option is Stillwater, Okla., for a potential ranked meeting between No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 20 Iowa State. But the Big Ten also returns to football that week, and “GameDay” could head to Minneapolis for No. 19 Michigan at No. 24 Minnesota or Columbus, Ohio for Nebraska at No. 6 Ohio State.
|Week||Matchup||Location||Guest Picker||Corso’s Headgear||Outcome|
|2||No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest||Winston-Salem, N.C.||Chris Paul||Tigers||Clemson 37, Wake Forest 13|
|3||No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville||Louisville, Ky.||Bill Murray||Hurricanes||Miami 47, Louisville 34|
|4||Florida State at No. 12 Miami||Coral Gables, Fla.||Stugotz||Hurricanes||Miami 52, Florida State 10|
|5||No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia||Athens, Ga.||Omari Hardwick||Bulldogs||Georgia 27, Auburn 6|
|6||No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson||Clemson, S.C.||Alex Rodriguez||Tigers||Clemson 42, Miami 17|
|7||No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||Derrick Henry||Crimson Tide||TBD|
Who is the guest picker on ‘College GameDay’ for Week 7?
“GameDay” on Friday announced Titans running back Derrick Henry as its celebrity guest picker. Henry, who played at Alabama from 2013-15 and won the 2015 Heisman trophy, ranks first all-time in Alabama school history in career rushing yards (3,591), single-season rushing yards (2,219), career rushing touchdowns (42) and single-season rushing touchdowns (28).
“Coach, you better pick Bama!”
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 17, 2020
Georgia at Alabama odds
Per Vegas Insider’s consensus odds, Alabama is a 4.5-point favorite over Georgia. Sporting News’ Bill Bender predicts a 34-27 win — and cover — by the Tide.