College football can’t get here soon enough. ESPN’s College Gameday has announced its first campus destination for the 2013 season – Clemson, S.C. for Georgia-Clemson, Aug. 31. The traditional pregame destination for college football fans will have some new competition from Fox this season, but have expanded the way that they operate to combat the threat.
This year, Gameday will expand to three hours a week – 9 a.m. ET to noon E.T. – with a four hour show (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) on Aug. 31. This move to a permanent three hours will give Gameday an hourlong headstart on its Erin Andrews-hosted Fox Sports 1 competitor. The 9-10 a.m. hour previously aired on ESPNU, but is moving to the main Mothership, with the full crew of Chris Fowler hosting with his full team of analysts and reporters. Sam Ponder, who replaced Andrews as host of the ESPNU hour, will return to a reporting role and will anchor certain segments for the show.