Week 2 of the 2023 college football season has arrived, which means the set of ESPN College GameDay is off to another location for a big-time game this weekend. In Week 2, ESPN College GameDay will be in Tuscaloosa, AL, for the massive non-conference showdown between the No. 11 Texas Longhorns and No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide.
Texas is looking to avenge its narrow 20-19 loss to Alabama in the front end of this home-and-home series at DKR in Austin last season. The Tide hit a late game-winning field goal on its final drive to escape Austin with a one-point win over the Longhorns when these two teams met in Week 2 last season.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns come into this matchup with a record of 1-0 (0-0 Big 12) after a closer-than-expected 37-10 win over the Rice Owls on Sep. 2 at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Alabama is coming off an impressive 56-7 win at home at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sep. 2 over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, giving head coach Nick Saban’s squad a record of 1-0 (0-0 SEC) heading into Week 2.
Where is the ESPN College GameDay location for Week 2?
Alabama is the host for the set of ESPN College GameDay for Week 2 for this big-time matchup between the Tide and Longhorns.
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL (Denny Chimes on the University of Alabama campus)
Time: 8 a.m. CT
Matchup: No. 11 Texas vs. No. 3 Alabama (kicks off at 6 p.m. CT)
Guest Picker: Joe Namath
According to ESPN Press Room, legendary Alabama and NFL quarterback Joe Namath will be the guest picker on College GameDay in Week 2. Sark and Saban are also guests lined up for College GameDay this week. There will be a performance from Dan & Shay during the set of College GameDay in Tuscaloosa.
This is the third time that Namath joins College GameDay as the guest picker. Namath was also College GameDay’s guest picker when its set was in Tuscaloosa in 2020 and 2014.
College GameDay is hosted by Rece Hosted, along with Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, and Pat McAfee. Insider Pete Thamel, reporters Jen Lada, and Jess Sims, along with Stanford Steve also join the College GameDay crew this year.
ESPN College GameDay TV/streaming schedule for Week 2
TV/Stream: ESPN/ESPNU and FuboTV
TV schedule: 8 a.m.-11 a.m. CT
After the conclusion of College GameDay on Sep. 9, Chris Fowler, Herbstreit, and Holly Rowe will call the game between Texas and Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in primetime on Saturday night.
This is the 17th time that the set of College GameDay will be in Tuscaloosa for an Alabama game. It is the first time since the Iron Bowl in 2020 between the Tide and Auburn Tigers that College GameDay is set in Tuscaloosa.