ESPN College GameDay visited the state of Florida three times last season: Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami Gardens. It was the show’s 25th consecutive year visiting the Sunshine State, keeping alive the longest active streak (and longest ever) for a single state.
GameDay first visited Florida in 1994, an Oct. 8 trip to Miami for the Hurricanes’ game vs. Florida State. It was the first of 46 trips over the next 25 seasons, by far the most of any state entering the 2019 season. California (33) and Texas (31) are the only other states with more than 25 visits. Alabama ranks fourth (25), followed by Louisiana and Michigan (21 apiece).
The most-visited city, however, is not in Florida. With a Rose Bowl visit in January, College GameDay has now visited Pasadena, Calif., 20 times, two more times than Columbus, which hosted their 18th show last November. In fact, no Florida city ranks among the top four:
1. Pasadena, Calif. (20 games)
2. Columbus, Ohio (18)
3. Atlanta, Ga. (14)
4. Tuscaloosa, Ala. (13)
5(t). Ann Arbor, Mich. (12)
5(t). Baton Rouge, La. (12)
5(t). Gainesville, Fla. (12)
5(t). Tallahassee, Fla. (12)
Interactive map of GameDay appearances by city (Yellow: 1, Green: 2-4, Purple: 5-9, Red: 10+)