College GameDay will air from Athens, Georgia, on Saturday, the first time ESPN’s flagship college football pregame show has broadcast from an Arkansas game since the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
A live broadcasting tradition since 1993, the College GameDay crew travels to and broadcasts from a host school taking part in one of each week’s premiere matchups.
The show is known for packing the “pit,” the area behind the on-site broadcasting stage, with traveling fans of both teams, and for its prediction segment, which often features celebrity guest pickers. During the 2019 season, the three-hour GameDay program averaged 1.956 million viewers.
The Razorbacks will appear on the program for the third time Saturday. Arkansas is 1-1 in games covered by GameDay.
The first and only time the program traveled to Fayetteville was Nov. 11, 2006. The No. 11 Razorbacks played the No. 13 Tennessee Volunteers at home, winning 31-14 behind 181 yards, two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown by sophomore running back Darren McFadden. The Razorbacks went on to win the Southeastern Conference’s West Division with a 10-4 record on the season.
The next time Arkansas was featured on GameDay was during the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2011, in New Orleans.
The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes held off a second-half rally by the No. 8 Razorbacks to secure their first ever bowl victory over an SEC school, 31-26. Arkansas finished the 2010 season in second place in the SEC West, behind No. 1 Auburn, and ranked No. 12 nationally.
Last weekend, GameDay featured a segment on the hiring choices and progress made by Razorback head coach Sam Pittman in his first two years at Arkansas.
On Saturday, the No. 8 Razorbacks will face the No. 2 Bulldogs. Both teams are 4-0 and tied for first in their respective divisions in the SEC. Arkansas and Georgia boast the No. 11 and No. 1 scoring defenses in the country, respectively.
With a win on Saturday, the Razorbacks would improve to 5-0, their best start since 1998. The game will take the spotlight on college football's biggest stage with College GameDay in town.
The game is set to kickoff at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.