JMU roundup: ESPN’s GameDay to broadcast from JMU on Saturday

HARRISONBURG – ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast its weekly college football national pregame show from the Shenandoah Valley on Oct. 24 as No. 5 James Madison hosts No. 13 Richmond as part of JMU’s homecoming weekend.

College GameDay, which typically attracts thousands of fans to the live production, will air on ESPN from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The show reviews major news topics in college football, previews the significant national games of the day and ends with Lee Corso’s headgear prediction prior to games kicking off around the country.

ESPN personalities typically on the show include host Rece Davis along with Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Samantha Ponder. The show’s producer, Lee Fitting, is a 1996 JMU graduate.

JMU is now 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association after a 51-0 victory over Elon, the largest margin of victory on the road in program history. The Dukes and Spiders will play at 3:30 p.m. Richmond is 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the league. The state rivals will clash as the only undefeated teams in Colonial Athletic Association play.

JMU owns the nation’s second-longest regular-season winning streak at 14 games. The Dukes rank among the national leaders in total offense, scoring and first downs. They also feature one of the front runners for the STATS National Offensive Player of the Year award in quarterback Vad Lee. ESPN made one visit to JMU already in September to highlight Lee as its Big Man on Campus after his performance against Football Bowl Subdivision foe Southern Methodist University.

Tickets for the homecoming game start at $30 and are still available from or by calling 540-568-3853. Online student ticket reservations are also still available.

More details will be shared on early in the week related to attending College GameDay, location details, creating signs and other fan activities.

In the history of the show, other non-Football Bowl Subdivision stops have included Amherst College at Williams College in 2007, Hampton at Florida A&M in 2008, Delaware State at North Dakota State in 2013, Incarnate Word at North Dakota State in 2014 and Yale at Harvard in 2014.

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