ESPN announced where College GameDay will be traveling for the first three weeks of the 2011 college football season. In Week 1, GameDay will set up shop at Cowboys Stadium for the Oregon-LSU game on Sept 3. A week later, GameDay will be in Ann Arbor for the Michigan-Notre Dame game. Finally, on Sept. 17, GameDay will travel to Tallahassee for the Florida State-Oklahoma game.â†µ
ESPN's announcement confirms a report from last week that said GameDay was "very likely" coming to Ann Arbor for the Michigan-Notre Dame game. Between it being a high-profile matchup, the first night game in Michigan Stadium history and a game on ESPN, it just made sense. It also didn't hurt that Desmond Howard, one of GameDay's analysts, will be honored at the game.â†µ
The last time GameDay came to Ann Arbor was on Nov. 17, 2007. Ohio State was in town and beat Michigan by a score of 14-3. Actually, Michigan has lost its last three games that had GameDay in attendance. Michigan was defeated by Ohio State, 42-39, with GameDay on site in Columbus in 2006, and the Wolverines also lost to USC, 28-14, with GameDay at the Rose Bowl in 2004.â†µ
GameDay's first ever stop at a Michigan game came back in 1994 when the Wolverines beat Notre Dame in South Bend. GameDay was also at the Michigan-Notre Dame game in 1998, 1999 and 2003.Michigan lost at Notre Dame in '98 and won at home in '99. In '03, the Wolverines downed the Fighting Irish in blowout fashion with a 38-0 victory.