College GameDay has a new home on LSU's campus ahead of Saturday's primetime showdown between the No. 15 Tigers and No. 1 Alabama.
ESPN's traveling pregame show will broadcast from the The Quad for the first time ever, LSU and the network announced Wednesday.
This will be the fourth different location for a College GameDay broadcast from LSU's campus. The Quad is a tight, tree-lined area located in the center of LSU's campus.
The Parade Ground, which has been the location for the last four College GameDay shows at LSU, was the initial spot for the Saturday's broadcast. But LSU Salutes — a ceremony by the Cadets of the Ole War Skule honoring those who have served in United States Armed Forces — is scheduled for Saturday on the Parade Ground at 9 a.m.
LSU Salutes takes place every November before a home football game closest to Veterans Day.
Along with the Parade Ground, College GameDay has also broadcast from the Old Front Nine and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center ramp in the past.
College GameDay runs from 8-11 a.m. This is the 26th time LSU has been featured on College GameDay, and it is the 11th time the show will be held on campus. The Tigers are 6-4 all time when College GameDay has been located in Baton Rouge.
The matchup between LSU (5-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) and the Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on CBS.
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LSU quarterback Danny Etling is somewhat of a Renaissance man away from the football field. For example, he’s an Eagle Scout and enjoys yoga.
The LSU transfer quarterback is also a diligent student, and a class he took at Purdue still has value to him.
Freshman quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. posted a video on Twitter last week of Etling communicating in sign language with a student from the Louisiana School for the Deaf. Etling took an American Sign Language class as his foreign language class for four semesters at Purdue.
“All my teachers were deaf,” Etling said. “You were just kind of thrown in there. You got to learn it. … It’s actually been pretty useful. I’ve used it more than I thought I would.”
Student athletes from the Louisiana School for the Deaf visited the LSU football operations center last week during the Tigers’ off week. Etling said he talked to a particular student about his high school football season.
Etling said he isn’t fluent in sign language but knows it well enough to hold a conversation. But talking football in sign language comes easy for him, he said.
“My teachers would mostly talk to me about football,” Etling said. “I was definitely able to hold a conversation about football, 100 percent about that.”
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Cannon, Addai appearing at Heisman House
Former LSU running back Billy Cannon, who won the 1959 Heisman Trophy, will be featured at the Nissan Heisman House Saturday on LSU’s campus before the No. 15 Tigers play No. 1 Alabama at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
Cannon will be joined by former LSU running back Joseph Addai, a member of the Tigers’ 2003 national championship team, and ESPN Anchor Neil Everett. The Heisman House will be located on the Parade Ground of LSU’s campus from 12-7 p.m.
Cannon and Everett will engage in a “Chalk Talk” session from 2:30-3 p.m. before an autograph session from 3-4 p.m. Addai’s Chalk Talk with Everett runs from 4:30-5 p.m., and his autograph session goes from 5-6 p.m.