Ahhh, College GameDay. There’s nothing quite like waking up Saturday morning to college football’s most entertaining pre-game show before spending all day on your couch watching a full slate of games. From the hilarious signs in the background to watching Lee Corso put a team’s mascot head over his head, the show is must-watch television especially if the crew is in your city hyping up your team’s matchup that weekend.
For the first time since 2005, College GameDay is coming to Jacksonville for No. 9 Florida and No. 7 Georgia’s annual rivalry game known as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” at TIAA Bank Field. It’s the first time both teams have been ranked inside the top 10 when squaring off since 2008, when Tim Tebow led the Gators to a 49-10 win.
Speaking of Tebow, SEC Network’s pre-game show, SEC Nation, will also head to Jacksonville for the matchup. It will mark the first time College GameDay and SEC Nation broadcast from the same regular season game. SEC Nation has broadcasted from the last two Florida-Georgia games.
You can catch College GameDay from 9 a.m. to noon ET on ESPN, while SEC Nation will run from 10 a.m. to noon ET on SEC Network.
The Gators have had good luck when College GameDay makes its way to Jacksonville for this game. All three times (1999, 2002 and 2005) have resulted in UF wins. Florida is 24-13 all-time when making an appearance on GameDay.
Georgia leads the series all-time at 50-43-2 and a 44-40-1 mark in Jacksonville, but Florida is 3-2 when both are top-10 teams. The Gators have taken three of the last four contests against the Bulldogs.
As for the game, there’s a lot on the line for both teams. The winner will likely win the SEC East and play in the SEC Championship Game in December. Florida will have its sights set on a College Football Playoff berth if it can take care of Georgia then roll by Missouri, South Carolina, Idaho and Florida State.
Never been to the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”? You’re in for quite the experience. Fans surround the stadium tailgating all day, some even from boats along the Saint Johns River. There’s no telling what you might see, so even if you don’t drink it’s the perfect place to roam around and people watch. And remember to stay hydrated. Here’s a glimpse of what the occasion is all about.