Projecting every College GameDay location ahead of the 2023 football season continues our way-too-early look at the new campaign, one we expect to be just as unpredictable as the last.

College GameDay, the most-watchedpregame show across all major networks, made its debut in 1987 and has gone uninterrupted since with plans for its biggest season yet in 2023. Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and the gang have made predictions for spotlight games outside of countless venues for more than three decades, often choosing sites that garner the most eyes nationally based on the matchup.

Follow the top of the rankings, and you will have a good idea of where ESPN’s crew is going next. And who could blame them? Ratings trump everything, and College GameDay follows the SEC and Big Ten often.

There are several other big-time games pitting Power Five foes in a nonconference setting like LSU-Florida State in Orlando and South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte, but this one brings maximum exposure for first-year Colorado coach Deion Sanders and his new regime along with a program coming off its first playoff appearance in program history. TCU has only hosted College GameDay three times in school history, the last occurrence coming in 2018. This would mark Colorado’s seventh all-time appearance on College GameDay and could be the only opportunity the Buffs get in 2023 if things go sour in Year 1 for Coach Prime.

Week 2: Texas at Alabama

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This matchup was special during the 2022 campaign and lived up to expectations in a four-quarter war. The encore should be just as exciting as the Longhorns try and return the favor in Tuscaloosa. This will be the first spotlight opportunity for Alabama’s first-year starting quarterback, too — whether that’s Jalen Milroe or Ty Simpson — and marks the unofficial debut of new offensive coordinator Tommy Rees. Alabama takes on Middle Tennessee before this game, but the season truly starts here for the Crimson Tide against a top-15 opponent.

Week 3: Tennessee at Florida

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There are two clear-cut options for Week 3, and both come from the SEC — Tennessee at Florida and South Carolina at Georgia. We expect the Volunteers and Bulldogs to be undefeated through two weeks, but the Gators and Gamecocks both face a challenging nonconference tilt prior to these SEC openers. This comes early enough in the season where we assume ESPN would want a battle of unblemished teams in Week 3. The Gators last hosted College GameDay in 2019 and have appeared 42 times on the show, the second-most ever behind Ohio State and Alabama.

Week 4: Florida State at Clemson

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A potential Round 1 preview of what we’ll see later in the season to mark the ACC championship game, these two preseason College Football Playoff contenders play early this fall in Death Valley. The Tigers’ last big home game was a loss to South Carolina, so coach Dabo Swinney’s group hopes to start another lengthy winning streak at Memorial Stadium with the Seminoles being one of the first victims. Meanwhile, Florida State is coming off a 10-win campaign under coach Mike Norvell and has one of its most talented rosters in several years. This one gets even more eyes if the Seminoles beat LSU in the season opener.

Week 5: Georgia at Auburn

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Pay close attention to the possibility of USC at Colorado in this spot if the Buffs come out of the gates hotter than everyone expects, and much of that same process lies here with Auburn and first-year coach Hugh Freeze. The Tigers’ September slate is manageable outside of a trip to Texas A&M the previous week, but who knows how the Aggies are going to respond to 2022’s five-win faceplant. This SEC rivalry is ripe for College GameDay if both teams are unblemished and ranked, which is a possibility.

Week 6: Oklahoma vs. Texas

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This one failed to live up to expectations in 2022, a one-sided knockout from the Longhorns. Oklahoma and coach Brent Venables can’t afford for that to happen again if the Sooners want to get back to national prominence as a respected top-25 team. This would mark the second appearance on College GameDay in six weeks for Texas. See where we’re going here? There’s a reason we’ve selected the Longhorns as a preseason New Year’s Six team heading into coach Steve Sarkisian’s third season. This game might mean more to Oklahoma, however, and the perception of the program.

Week 7: USC at Notre Dame

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This is the weekend College GameDay could get creative and go to a non-Power Five school and make history. ESPN seems to enjoy doing that at least once every college football season. The slate could be better in mid-November, that’s for sure. In fact, if there’s a weekend to miss during the 2023 campaign, this could be it. We’re not advocating for that, by the way. There’s certainly a no-brainer option if Notre Dame is relevant at the midseason juncture, and that’s when USC comes to South Bend in what likely amounts to a must-win game for the Trojans in the playoff race.

Week 8: Penn State at Ohio State

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College GameDay will get its pick of huge matchups amid a very important weekend during the 2023 season. There’s Penn State-Ohio State, Tennessee-Alabama, Utah-USC … the list goes on. The winner of this game in Columbus, Ohio, will move into the driver’s seat of the Big Ten East with Michigan looming for both down the stretch. And given Penn State’s preseason hype level coming off an 11-win season and Rose Bowl victory, the Nittany Lions will be a tough game for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State at Wisconsin is a top-tier option in Week 9, but the likelihood of College GameDay following the Buckeyes over consecutive weeks is slim. So, the Pac-12 moves to center stage for Oregon-Utah, which may determine half of the league’s championship game later in the campaign. Utah is gunning for its third straight conference title and Rose Bowl appearance, while the Ducks hope to play better down the stretch this time around. Oregon controlled its own destiny in the playoff race entering November in 2022 but managed to deteriorate.

Week 10: LSU at Alabama

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Get the Sharpie out. College GameDay will head back to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for this game as long as the Tigers and Crimson Tide are inside the top 10. This rivalry in the SEC West rarely disappoints and should be dripping with playoff and division title implications. Last season’s instant classic was incredible, decided on a 2-point conversion in overtime that thwarted Alabama’s playoff hopes and seemingly wrapped up the West for LSU. Think Alabama has something to prove this time around?

Week 11: Miami at Florida State

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Disclaimer: This projection hinges on Miami and whether coach Mario Cristobal’s second season is light-years better than his first with the Hurricanes. The expectation is that Florida State will be nationally ranked and fighting at the top of the ACC standings, while Miami could be a surprise team in 2023. If that prediction fails, insert USC at Oregon here and College GameDay’s second trip to the Pac-12 in a three-week span. The ACC would love for the Miami-Florida State rivalry to mean something again nationally.

Week 12: Georgia at Tennessee

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Georgia will take the nation’s longest winning streak into Neyland Stadium in a game that could decide the SEC East. How’s that for intrigue? This is the Bulldogs’ only game of the regular season that should worry Georgia fans and could be the first matchup in which the two-time defending national champions are less than a double-digit favorite. The schedule is that favorable for coach Kirby Smart’s team. Knoxville was rocking last season when Florida, Alabama and Kentucky came to town and will be even louder for this one.

Week 13: Ohio State at Michigan

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There’s a chance we see the Buckeyes and Wolverines march into ‘The Game” as matching unbeatens for the second straight season. If that’s the case, this one determines the Big Ten East title, with the loser likely heading to the playoff regardless. For Ohio State, which hasn’t beaten Michigan in a couple of years, that is not the direction the Buckeyes want to go. Pick your nationally ranked rivalry game in this spot if for some reason one of these two teams fails to live up to expectations in 2023. We’re not counting on it, however.

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