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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ coming to Harvard

ESPN College GameDay is hosted by Lee Corso (left) and Kirk Herbstreit, as well as other ESPN personalities.AP

Harvard-Yale now has The pregame show.

ESPN will broadcast its popular “College GameDay” program on Saturday morning from the quad in front of Harvard’s Dillon Fieldhouse before the 131st edition of The Game, pitting undefeated Harvard against once-beaten Yale.

Host Chris Fowler, along with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack, will be on the air from 9 a.m. until noon prior to the 12:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be broadcast on NBCSN.

GameDay is making its first appearance at Harvard. GameDay made its initial trip to an FCS school Nov. 16, 2002, when Penn hosted the Crimson at Franklin Field (Final: Quakers, 44-9).

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Tapings for the show will begin Friday, and fans are welcome to attend both Friday and Saturday.

Harvard (9-0), which claimed at least a share of its 16th Ivy League title with a 34-24 win at Penn Saturday, is shooting for its first 10-0 finish since the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led squad in 2004. Yale (8-1), which has dropped seven straight in the series and 12 of the last 13 matchups, can claim a piece of the Ivy prize with a win.

“We are very honored and excited about ESPN College GameDay coming to Harvard Stadium for The Game,” said Harvard coach Tim Murphy. “It will make The Game even bigger and even more fun.”

GameDay averaged 1.83 million viewers during the 2013 season.


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