ESPN College GameDay returning to JMU this weekend

Mike Houston

ESPN is coming back.

ESPN announced Sunday morning that its weekly college football pregame show, ESPN College GameDay, will broadcast from James Madison University on Saturday. The show starts at 9 a.m. and lasts for three hours. The show will once again be held at the JMU Quad.

JMU will host Villanova at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

It will be College GameDay’s second trip to JMU in the last three seasons. College GameDay visited JMU on Oct. 24, 2015. There were 12,000 fans in attendance for the show.

Rece Davis hosts the broadcast and is joined weekly by ESPN personalities such as Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Maria Taylor. Lee Fitting, former coordinating producer of College GameDay and current vice president of college sports at ESPN, is also a 1996 graduate of James Madison.

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

The Dukes, the reigning Football Championship Subdivision national champions, have the longest winning streak in all of Division I football. Led by JMU coach Mike Houston, the Dukes have won 17 games in a row. JMU is currently ranked No. 1 in both FCS polls.

It will be College GameDay’s second trip to Virginia in the last three weeks. On Sept. 30 they broadcast the show from Virginia Tech, in advance of the Hokies’ game with Clemson University.

The appearance Saturday will mark the eighth College GameDay to originate from a FCS location and the ninth overall at non-FBS sites. JMU will be the second non-FBS school to host multiple times, joining North Dakota State (vs. Delaware St in 2013 and vs. Incarnate Word in 2014).