It’s uncommon for Thursday night games to host ESPN’s College GameDay crew, but the Backyard Brawl isn’t just another Thursday game.
For the first time since 2005, College GameDay will be coming to Pittsburgh ahead of the Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia. The crew of Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will host a one hour exclusive show inside Acrisure Stadium.
OFFICIAL: @CollegeGameDay is coming to the Backyard Brawl.
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) July 21, 2022
It’s College GameDay’s 422nd road show, and the third time the crew will be headed to Pittsburgh all-time.
Pitt tickets for the Brawl have not gone on sale yet. While tickets for all of Pitt’s other home games have been put on sale. Ticket sales for the Brawl will have an exclusive on-sale date set for Aug. 2.
The Brawl is set to kickoff the 2022 college football season, a matchup set under the lights of Heinz Field on Thursday, Sept. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and those who cannot make it will find the coverage on ESPN.
Pitt has lost three consecutive Brawl matchups dating back to 2009, but the most memorable edition in recent memory came in the famous 2007 matchup when Pitt ruined WVU’s season with a late-season loss to take away a national championship bid.
Pitt is 61-40-3 all-time against WVU in a series that dates back to the 1895 season. While the Brawl hasn’t taken place in a while, the renewed rivalry is one of the most hyped returns of the 2022 season.
Pitt and WVU will both kickoff the 2022 season with new quarterbacks, former USC quarterbacks even. Kedon Slovis will likely start for Pitt and J.T. Daniels will start for WVU in a battle of former quarterback room members in SoCal.