Lee Corso works from backyard on ESPN’s College GameDay

“I’m the biggest fan!” the sheriff said, referring to Corso and not the elephant. He asked if he could photograph the elephant. The producer said certainly, as long as he kindly would refrain from posting the photo before 11:59 a.m. Saturday. The sheriff took the photo. He said to please tell Corso he’d been watching him for years.

He said also, “Roll Tide.”

A delirious ecosystem has formed around the Corso house this football season, and it has become its own life force with its own durable anecdotes, its own array of ersatz species and its own habitat of, well, yes, love. In a pandemic and a pinch, ESPN and its Saturday morning institution of a college football show, “College GameDay,” have wrung some lemonade from this lemon of a year. “Our goal the whole season,” ESPN producer Patrick Abrahams said, “was anytime anybody sees him on screen, they smile.”

While the other panelists and analysts appear on the usual set in the usual college towns, albeit without crowds bleating from behind, the 85-year-old star character and long-ago coach chimes in from the family home, the family yard, the family pool, along with plastic flamingoes, football signs, production staffers engulfed in godawful-hot mascot suits. It’s a curiosity behind a sort of a curtain — even a nosy visitor can’t surpass the mossy trees and clubhouse outside the gate, and also should not, in a pandemic — and it has wound up bolstering some premises.

One: Mr. Corso really is some kind of beloved.

Another: He’s that rare television figure so familiar and defined that people’s eyes brighten as if they know him when they don’t technically.

And another: Even a 64-year marriage can annex fresh rituals.

After all, following upon Corso’s Friday night rigatoni and the Saturday morning wake-up at 6, his structured schedule has taken on one touching vignette. Promptly at 7:45, and continuing until 8 or just beyond, Corso’s wife, Betsy, does his makeup. “I’ll tell her she’s really good,” Lee Corso said in a telephone interview. “She keeps kidding me, she wants a credit on the TV show. ‘Not so fast, my friend!’ ”

Those last five words have spent decades ricocheting in sequence from Corso’s larynx through the untroubled Saturday mornings of American television rooms, which also have beheld a custom still managing to come up well shy of stale. That’s the end-of-show bit just before noon in which Corso dons the mascot headgear of whichever team he suspects will win the biggest game of a given Saturday all newborn and full of promise. It’s just that nobody ever imagined he would don the Alabama elephant head in his own yard, atop an 18-foot makeshift platform next to a 17-foot fake elephant as he correctly sensed Alabama would beat Georgia.

“He doesn’t say no,” Abrahams said. “He said, ‘You want me to go on top of the elephant,’ and, ‘Let’s do it.’ When we pulled the elephant up at the gate, he had pulled up in

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ESPN College GameDay 2020: Week 14 Location Hosts, TV Schedule and Predictions | Bleacher Report

Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall hands the ball off to CJ Marable during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Appalachian State Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina won 34-23. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

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It’s been a historic 2020 season for Coastal Carolina. After becoming an FBS program when they joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2017, the Chanticleers had three straight losing seasons, never finishing better than 5-7 (which they did in 2018 and 2019).

This season, though, the team has not only already secured a winning record, but it’s also looking to go undefeated. But first, it will make more history on Saturday.

For the first time in school history, it will be the host of ESPN’s College GameDay, the popular weekly college football kickoff show that sets the stage for the day’s action.

College GameDay will begin at 9 a.m. ET at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.

Originally, Coastal Carolina was set to host Liberty on Saturday afternoon, but that matchup was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns within the Flames’ program. The Chanticleers are now set to host BYU in a matchup that was made official on Thursday and could lead to one of these teams getting an opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

Here’s the full Top 25 schedule for this week, along with picks for each game, followed by a closer look at this spontaneous BYU-Coastal Carolina matchup that could be the most exciting game of the day.

           

Week 14 Top 25 Schedule, Predictions

Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

                

Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina, noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall, noon ET, ESPN+

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 19 Iowa at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 24 Tulsa at Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Stanford at No. 22 Washington, 4 p.m. ET, Fox

No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

No. 23 Oregon at California, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 1 Alabama at LSU, 8 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 10 Miami at Duke, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma, 8 p.m. ET, Fox

        

Sunday, Dec. 6

Washington State at No. 20 USC, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

Picks in bold.

           

BYU-Coastal Carolina Preview, Prediction

By agreeing to travel across the country to Coastal Carolina, BYU is putting its undefeated season on the line.

The Cougars weren’t scheduled to play again until Dec. 12, when they’re likely to earn a home win over San Diego State. Now, they have

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College Gameday Crew Responds to BYU Football’s Ranking

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday, national analysts voiced their displeasure for BYU’s #14 ranking. The Cougars were 9-0 and coming off four straight weeks in the AP top 10 before dropping behind three teams with two losses in the first edition of the rankings. On Saturday morning, the College Gameday crew dedicated a segment to BYU’s ranking and the hypothetic betting lines if BYU played one of the 13 teams ranked in front of them. You can see the hypothetical betting lines below:

According to Vegas oddsmakers, BYU would be favored over Indiana, Iowa State, Miami, Texas A&M, and Northwestern. They would have a 50/50 chance to beat Georgia and Cincinnati, and they would be less than 10 point underdogs against Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida, and Oklahoma. Alabama is the only team ranked in front of BYU that would be a heavy favorite over the Cougars – the Crimson Tide would start as a 17 point favorite over BYU.

The College Gameday crew strongly disagreed with BYU’s ranking. Here are a few things they said about BYU during the segment: 

“I think we were all shocked that BYU was 14th…what it tells me is that the committee is more looking at BYU’s schedule as opposed to on-the-field performance.” – Chris Fallica

“I just look at BYU as a team–control the line of scrimmage on both sides…it’s a beat-you-into-a-pulp type of system…and I think that has staying power. You can go on the field and play against anybody, anywhere.” – Kirk Herbstreit

“I don’t believe that their schedule is enough–their challenge is enough–to put them in the playoff. I also believe it would be a complete injustice if they finish undefeated and they don’t go to a New Year’s Six bowl.”  – Rece Davis

Davis also added that prior committees have revisited controversial rankings and adjusted them before.

“For him to tell you, ‘we watched the film, we were impressed with BYU’…which film did you watch? How could you be impressed and mark them at 14 below 3 teams with two losses? It just doesn’t jive well with me at all.” – Desmond Howard

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ this week? Location, schedule, guest picker for Week 13 on ESPN

Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the rest of the “GameDay” crew will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala., this week to preview the Iron Bowl for only the eighth time in the show’s history.

The game clearly has national championship implications for the Crimson Tide (7-0, 7-0 SEC), who want not only to avenge last year’s 48-45 loss to the Tigers — one that included two pick-sixes from Mac Jones — but also to remain on the inside track to make the College Football Playoff. Steve Sarkisian’s offense, led by Jones, DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris, remain a finely tuned machine in 2020, ranking third nationally in points per game (49.4), sixth in yards per game (548.6) and third in passing yards per game (366.1).

The defense has improved this season, as well; Alabama gave up a combined 20 points in its last three outings, including a shutout vs. Mississippi State and just a field goal surrendered against Kentucky.

MORE: College football picks, predictions against the spread for every Week 12 top 25 game

Auburn (5-2, 5-2 SEC) is a heavy underdog heading into this matchup, but when has that ever mattered in the Iron Bowl? The Tigers will likely look to use several packages and gadget plays to confuse Alabama’s defense on Saturday. To that end, look for quarterback Bo Nix, Seth Williams, Anthony Schwartz, Eli Stove and Tank Bigsby to throw anything and everything at the Tide. Is a defense that has given up 22 points and more than 400 yards per game going to be able to stop Alabama’s offense?

We can’t wait to find out. Here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits Tuscaloosa, Ala.:

Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 13?

  • Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Matchup: No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama

This week’s “GameDay” matchup will be the second for Alabama and Auburn this season. Both teams were pitted against Georgia: The Tigers lost 27-6 to the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga., while the Tide beat them 41-24 at home.

Alabama will make its 49th overall appearance on the show, going 31-17 in its previous 48 matchups. That includes a 6-8 home record, however. Auburn, meanwhile, will make its 22nd appearance, having gone 10-11 all-time prior to Saturday’s matchup. That includes a 1-5 road record, including 0-1 record at Alabama (a 55-44 loss in 2014).

In all, Alabama holds a 4-3 edge over the Tigers when the Iron Bowl is the featured “GameDay” matchup.

‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET

The “College GameDay” crew of Davis, Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will preview Week 13’s college football action live from Tuscaloosa, Ala. 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 3:30 p.m. ET.

It’s uncertain where “GameDay” will head for Week 14. Ohio State-Michigan State in East Lansing,

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UNC vs. College of Charleston Gameday Open Thread

The Tar Heels open the 2020-21 season with a home game against the College of Charleston Cougars.

Carolina is coming off the worst season of Roy Williams’ career and looks to make significant improvement with ACC Preseason Player of the Year Garrison Brooks joined by a freshman class of six players, including Caleb Love, expected to start at point guard for the Tar Heels.

Charleston is coming off a 17-14 season. They are experienced, with seniors Payton Willis, Brevin Galloway and Lorenzo Edwards leading the way. Willis began his college career at Minnesota and Edwards at St. Joseph’s before finding their way to Charleston.

Other than family and media, the Dean Smith Center will be empty, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tar Heels took the court to a recording of the pep band, and squeaks of shoes were plainly audible as they went through the pregame layup line.

Carolina has a deep frontcourt featuring Brooks and sophomore Armando Bacot as well as freshmen Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler. Leaky Black should man the three-spot. He was described as UNC’s “Swiss army knife” in the preseason and will be counted on to be the team’s do-everything dirty-work guy.

At shooting guard is senior Andrew Platek and “Puff” Johnson, the freshman younger brother of former Tar Heel Cam Johnson. Brooks said the younger Johnson has bigger hands and can dunk the ball better than his older brother.

Love will man the point, backed up by fellow freshman RJ Davis, although Williams said he might move Davis to two-guard and play both at once for parts of the game. 

For the first time since 2005, UNC will have two freshmen in the starting lineup. Love and Davis both get the start, along with Brooks, Black and Bacot. 

UNC jerseys have UNITY across the bottom. 

By my count, the Smith Center attendance (not counting media or operations people) at tip is 92. 

Sterling Manley (in street clothes, along with Anthony Harris) is UNC’s designated handshake guy during intros. 

“Handshakes” were either salutes or forearm bumps, so also pandemic impacted. 

They are using a pumped in crowd murmur recording that sounds more like being on an airplane. 

UNC coaches are going casual with no fans here. Roy Williams in in a white polo shirt. 

Charleston has missed its first eight shots. UNC not much better at 3-of-9. At the under 16 (with 14:51 left in the first) it’s 6-2 Heels. 

RJ Davis is going after it on defense at the point. Charleston having trouble running things with him disrupting. The Cougars have also missed their first 11 shots. 

Bacot with a dunk and a good put back. Definitely showing more assertiveness under the basket this year. 

Twelfth time is the charm for Charleston. Jasper hits a three and we go to the under 12 at 16-5 UNC. 

Day’Ron Sharpe got knocked to the floor trying to get a Davis lob and didn’t make it to half court by the time Charleston had scored. If

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ this week? Location, schedule, guest picker for Week 9 on ESPN

Another week, another Big Ten “GameDay” matchup.

This week, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the crew will head to University Park, Pa., for the ranked matchup between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 18 Penn State. The Buckeyes looked as dominant as ever against Nebraska to open their 2020 schedule, even after a relatively slow start against Scott Frost and the Cornhuskers. The shocking, mistake-filled loss by Penn State to Indiana, however, kept this game from being a top-10 matchup like many thought it would be.

The question now becomes how James Franklin and Co. respond after the disheartening loss: Will the Nittany Lions look despondent and start the season 0-2, or will they be able to challenge the Big Ten East favorites and potentially vault themselves back into College Football Playoff contention? The same must be asked of the Buckeyes, who can’t afford to overlook Penn State because of its loss to the Hoosiers.

With that, here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits University Park, Pa.:

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 9?

  • Location: University Park, Pa.
  • Matchup: No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State

This week’s “GameDay” matchup stands out for several reasons. First, it will tie Ohio State-Penn State as the most featured matchup in the show’s history (matching Alabama-LSU with 11 overall appearances). It’s also the first game in which Lee Corso provided a headgear pick: He correctly predicted an Ohio State victory in 1996 when he donned a Brutus the Buckeye headgear. No. 3 Ohio State beat No. 4 Penn State 38-7.

Historically, Ohio State has dominated this matchup. The Buckeyes boast an 8-2 record against the Nittany Lions, including a 2-1 record as the road team. The Nittany Lions have not beaten Ohio State in a “GameDay” matchup since 2008: No. 3 Penn State beat No. 10 Ohio State 13-6 that season in Columbus, Ohio.

Overall, this will be Penn State’s 22nd time featured on the show; the Nittany Lions have an 8-13 record, including a 4-3 home record. It will be Ohio State’s 48th appearance (tying it for the all-time lead with Alabama); the Buckeyes boast a much more impressive 33-14 record, including a 13-4 away record.

‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET

The “College GameDay” crew of Davis, Herbstreit and David Pollack will preview Week 9’s college football action live from University Park, Pa. Corso, whose health is at greater risk should he contract COVID-19, has to this point set up a remote office in his home. Desmond Howard, who on Thursday announced he tested positive for COVID-19, will join the broadcast from his home. The game will be broadcast on ABC, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

“GameDay” has a tough choice to make for its Week 10 slate of games, however. The Pac-12 returns to football, making Eugene, Ore. (Stanford at No. 14 Oregon) and Los Angeles

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ESPN College GameDay to Be Broadcast from Augusta National for 2020 Masters | Bleacher Report

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, ESPN College GameDay hosts Lee Corso, left, and Kirk Herbstreit confer during the telecast from The Junction prior to Mississippi State playing Auburn in an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss. This week the Cornhuskers are front and center. Their game against No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday night was always going to be a big one. Add a visit from ESPN’s “College GameDay” show in the morning, and it becomes huge. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

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For the first (and likely only) time, the Masters Tournament is getting the College GameDay treatment.

The ESPN staple will broadcast from Augusta National Golf Club on Nov. 14, marking the first intersection of college football and golf’s biggest event.

Jimmy Pitaro, the chairman of ESPN and Sports Content, said in a statement:

“Anytime College GameDay travels to a new destination it’s special, and the opportunity to be on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters is extraordinary. As this iconic event coincides with the college football season for the first time, we look forward to getting fans ready for a football Saturday, while also showcasing the Masters and the greatest golfers in the world.”

The Masters will be held without fans in attendance and staged in a month other than March or April—both tournament firsts—because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosting College GameDay will offer some level of pageantry for an event that carries perhaps the most significant historical weight of any in golf.

Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said:

“Given the circumstances brought about by the pandemic, the delivery of quality content is as important as ever to the storytelling of the Masters Tournament. While we will dearly miss our patrons at Augusta National this fall, we are excited to showcase what promises to be a truly memorable Masters in a variety of ways for viewers around the world.”

The broadcast will feature College GameDay’s regular cast of Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, among others. Herbstreit endorsed the idea of holding College GameDay at the Masters in April, saying on Twitter that he loved the idea.

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Par 3 Contest out, ‘College GameDay’ in at this year’s different Masters

The Par 3 Contest is out at the spectator-free Masters in November, and ESPN’s “College GameDay” is in.

Augusta National announced Tuesday more changes to a Masters tournament that will be unlike any of the previous 83. The most unusual of all is ESPN’s popular college football pregame show taking place on a stage that overlooks Ike’s Pond and the ninth green of the par-3 course.

“When exploring ways to showcase a fall Masters, we were drawn to the concept of hosting ‘College GameDay’ at Augusta National to introduce the tournament to a new audience and provide even more anticipation and excitement to the event,” said Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley.


It helps that ESPN is a broadcast partner of the Masters and will televise the opening two rounds.

The coverage typically begins on Wednesday with the Par 3 Contest, a showcase of past champions and current players before an enormous gallery that rarely lacks for big roars, such as the time Jack Nicklaus had his grandson play a shot and he made a hole-in-one.

The Par 3 Contest dates to 1960 and is a big part of the tradition at Augusta National, mainly the jinx that no one has ever won the Par 3 and the Masters in the same year.

“We know that experience could not have been replicated without guests and patrons at Augusta National,” Ridley said.

So much about this Masters is different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down golf on March 13 and led Augusta National to postpone the Masters until Nov. 12-15, without spectators for the first time.

Because of the fall date and shorter daylight hours, the club said the weekday rounds would be played in threesomes off the first and 10th tees in morning and afternoon waves. The field remains set at 96 players who were eligible in April. Those who have qualified since then, such as PGA Tour winners Daniel Berger and Jim Herman, will not play until 2021.

“College GameDay” will certainly get a venue unlike any other. It typically travels to a college stadium that features a marquee matchup — Alabama has hosted it the most times since it began in 1993 — though it has gone off campus.

The most notable was in 2017 when “College GameDay” was held in Times Square. It also was held on the USS San Diego in 2012 as part of a salute to veterans.

ESPN said host Rece Davis will be joined at Augusta National by analyst Kirk Herbstreit, former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard and former Georgia star David Pollack, among others.

“Any time ‘College GameDay’ travels to a new destination, it’s special, and the opportunity to be on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters is extraordinary,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and Sports Content.

Because of the pandemic, no spectators have been on site for the program. For the Masters, players are allowed to bring a spouse or family member, while Augusta National

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ESPN Making Some Elite Chicken Salad With This College GameDay at the Masters Recipe

ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast live from Augusta National on Nov. 14, coinciding with third-round play at the Masters, the network announced today. Add that to the list of sentences you never thought you’d read eight months ago for so many reasons. But it’s happening … unless, of course, college football and golf are derailed by the pandemic between now and then. Fingers crossed.



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For now, let’s stay optimistic about the regular-scheduled programming holding up and the confluence of two great events dovetailing into a singular and historic morning of television. Because if you can bring yourself to look at the positives of this situation, they really are quite something to celebrate.

It’s an awesome idea only made possible by the worst of situations. So it’s not easy for a thinking person to dive head-first into the fun without a little trepidation and context. Perhaps the best thing to do is to contextualize and appreciate just how resourceful sports networks have been in adapting to this new world.

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College GameDay near Amen Corner is elite chicken-salad-making. The unexpected perk slipping through the cracks of a heavy weight. Your mileage will vary on how much to enjoy the experience and if there should be any guilt.

But it’s less controversial to point out just how adroit and clever the industry has been in navigating the rapids. Especially when the twists and turns of the river make seeing around the bend impossible. ESPN choosing to steer into the weirdness of conflicting golf and football on its platforms is a not-so-subtle nod that, yeah, they get it and are doing their best. It’s a little thing but it’s indicative of the overarching outward mood content creators have been able to work their way into.

The constraints are innumerable and the challenges vast. Yet one could argue there’s never been a higher value placed on creativity in this field and, honestly, tons of others. It is both inspiring and humbling to see bravery in the form of steering into the skid and letting the car come to a rest where it may.

Who knew chicken salad could be reinvented in so many ways?

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The Masters: Par 3 contest is out, College GameDay is in

The Par 3 Contest is out at the spectator-free Masters in November.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is in.

Augusta National announced Tuesday more changes to a Masters tournament that will be unlike any of the previous 83. The most unusual of all is ESPN’s popular college football pregame show taking place on a stage that overlooks Ike’s Pond and the ninth green of the Par 3 course.

“When exploring ways to showcase a fall Masters, we were drawn to the concept of hosting ‘College GameDay’ at Augusta National to introduce the tournament to a new audience and provide even more anticipation and excitement to the event,” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said.

The Par 3 contest is out at The Masters, while College GameDay is in.

It helps that ESPN is a broadcast partner of the Masters and will televise the opening two rounds.

The coverage typically begins on Wednesday with the Par 3 Contest, a showcase of past champions and current players before an enormous gallery that rarely lacks for big roars, such as the time Jack Nicklaus had his grandson play a shot and he made a hole-in-one.

The Par 3 Contest dates to 1960 and is a big part of the tradition at Augusta National, mainly the jinx that no one has ever won the Par 3 and the Masters in the same year.

“We know that experience could not have been replicated without guests and patrons at Augusta National,” Ridley said.

So much about this Masters is different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down golf on March 13 and led Augusta National to postpone the Masters until Nov. 12-15, without spectators for the first time.

Because of the fall date and shorter daylight hours, the club said the weekday rounds would be played in threesomes off the first and 10th tees in morning and afternoon waves. The field remains set at 96 players who were eligible in April. Those who have qualified since then, such as PGA Tour winners Daniel Berger and Jim Herman, will not play until 2021.

“College GameDay” will certainly get a venue unlike any other. It typically travels to a college stadium that features a marquee matchup—Alabama has hosted it the most times since it began in 1993—though it has gone off-campus.

The most notable was in 2017 when “College GameDay” was held in Times Square. It also was held on the USS San Diego in 2012 as part of a salute to veterans.

ESPN said host Rece Davis will be joined at Augusta National by analyst Kirk Herbstreit, former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard and former Georgia star David Pollack, among others.

“Any time ‘College GameDay’ travels to a new destination it’s special, and the opportunity to be on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters is extraordinary,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and Sports Content.

Because of the pandemic, no spectators have been on site for the program. For the Masters, players are allowed to bring a spouse or family member, while Augusta National members

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