With the 2020-2021 NBA season wrapped up, fans are now looking toward to the following two things: the Tokyo Olympics and the start of football season. While the Tokyo Olympics are set to kick off this weekend in Japan, the 2021-2022 college football and NFL seasons won’t start until August.
When the NFL does return, it will kick off with a high-profile matchup featuring the defending Supr Bowl Champions and America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys. Meanwhile, the college football season will kick off in a fun, exciting and new way. Instead of going to an off-site showdown featuring two traditional programs, ESPN‘s flagship college football show will start the season at the 2021 MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Atlanta, Georgia.
This year, the 2021 MEAC/SWAC Challenge will take place on August 28 at Center Parc Stadium. Alcorn State out of the SWAC will look to take down rising power, North Carolina Central. Not to mention, the halftime show will showcase two of the country’s best marching bands, The Marching Sound Machine and The Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite.
Adding to the special event, Stephen A. Smith, Molly Qerim and Max Kellerman will travel down to Center Parc Stadium for a special episode of First Take on August 27.
One week after heading to the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, the College Gameday crew will travel out to Charlotte for a showdown featuring the Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers.
“We all missed the traditions of college football and the festive atmosphere of Saturdays last season, so we are particularly excited to welcome fans back for College GameDay’s 35th season, starting with the first two road shows in Atlanta and Charlotte,” Drew Gallagher of ESPN said.