The college football season is here and the center of attention in Week 1 will be in Columbus, Ohio. No. 2 Ohio State welcomes No. 5 Notre Dame to Ohio Stadium to kick off the 2022 season in what will be one of the biggest games of the year.
Because of the excitement around the game, ESPN’s College GameDay show is headed to Columbus and will broadcast the pregame show from outside the Horseshoe before the game airs on ABC that evening. With six days remaining before the game, it was announced on Sunday that rapper will serve as the first guest picker for GameDay when the staff, which features Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard, makes their predictions for the week’s slate of games.
Columbus, get ready ??(*7*) WILL BE PERFORMING LIVE ON COLLEGE GAMEDAY ?? pic.twitter.com/GPMwgAvWHH
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) (*3*)(*23*)
(*2*) Harlow said in the announcement.”And I’m the first guest picker of the season. I’ll see you there.”
The 36th season of ESPN’s GameDay kicked off on Saturday ahead of the Week 0 slate of games. While the show generally travels to campus of the biggest game of the week, Week 0’s broadcast came from the studio in Bristol, Connecticut. The likes of Davis, Herbstreit, Corso and Howard are joined on the show by David Pollack, Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Marty Smith, Gene Wojciechowski and Jen Lada.
Harlow is a Grammy-nominated rapper who began releasing music in 2015. The Louisville, Kentucky native is known for songs such as “What’s Poppin” and “First Class.” His 2020 debut studio album was certified platinum in the United States.
The Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish are meeting for the first time since 2016. This game also marks the first regular season meeting between the two programs since 1996.
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Ohio State holds a 4-2 all-time record against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish won the first two meetings in 1935 and 1936, played in Columbus and South Bend respectively. The Buckeyes then won the next home-and-home series in 1995 and 1996 both at Ohio Stadium and Notre Dame Stadium. These two blueblood programs then met in the Fiesta Bowl in 2006 and 2016. The Scarlet and Gray have won these last four games by an average of 15.5 points. Coincidentally, Ohio State is a 15.5-point favorite heading into this year’s game.
The Buckeyes will travel to South Bend in 2023 to complete this home-and-home series. That game at Notre Dame Stadium is schedule for Week 3 on Saturday, Sept. 23.