SOUTH BEND — ESPN's "College GameDay" show will air ahead of No. 9 Notre Dame football's top-10 matchup on Saturday against No. 4 (US LBM Coaches Poll) Ohio State. Kickoff at Notre Dame Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
One of the highlights of the popular show is the inclusion of a guest picker: a celebrity who often — but not always — is associated with the host school, and who helps the broadcast crew predict winners of the top college football games of the day.
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ESPN announced Thursday night that actor/comedian Vince Vaughn will be GameDay's guest picker Saturday. One of Vaughn's first movie roles was as under-achieving running back Jamie O'Hara in 1993's "Rudy," based on a true story about a Notre Dame walk-on Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger and filmed in South Bend.
Before the announcement we asked readers to vote on who they was like to see as the guest picker. Here are the top 10 results:
1. Taylor Swift (24.4%)
Pop music megastar
Connection: One of the premier cultural figures of the 21st century, Swift was spotted occasionally in South Bend while her brother, a 2015 Notre Dame graduate, attended the university.
2. Lou Holtz (19.8%)
Former Notre Dame football coach
Connection: A former Ohio State assistant football coach, Holtz coached the Irish from 1986-96, compiling a 100-30-2 record while winning Notre Dame's 11th consensus and most recent football national championship in 1988.
3. Joe Montana (10.2%)
Pro Football Hall of Famer, former Notre Dame quarterback
Connection: Before he became the first NFL quarterback to win four Super Bowl championships as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Montana led Notre Dame to the 1977 national championship, earning the nickname, "Comeback Kid."
4. Jerome Bettis (8.2%)
Pro Football Hall of Famer, former Notre Dame running
Connection: After a stellar career as an Irish fullback (1990-92), Bettis went on to a Pro Football Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. He retired after winning the Super Bowl.
5. Sean Astin (7.4%)
Connection: With lead roles in classic movies such as "The Goonies," and "Lord of the Rings" and more recently the Netflix hit "Stranger Things," its 1993's "Rudy" in which Astin portrays the title character Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, that he's most beloved around South Bend
6. Vince Vaughn (5%)
Connection: Now a major Hollywood leading actor, one of Vaughn's earliest movie roles was playing fictional Notre Dame running back Jamie O'Hara in 1993's "Rudy."
7. Manti T'eo (4.4%)
Former Notre Dame linebacker, 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up
Connection: One of the best defenders in Notre Dame history, T'eo finished as a Heisman Trophy runner-up to Johnny Manziel in a close balloting.
8. Tim Brown (4.4%)
Pro Football Hall of Famer, former wide receiver for Notre Dame
Connection: Before his Hall of Fame NFL career primarily with the LA/Oakland Raiders, Brown was the last Notre Dame player to win the Heisman Trophy (1997).
9. Garth Brooks (2.6%)
Country music star
Connection: Brooks has performed two concerts at Notre Dame Stadium and three overall on campus and helped lead the Habitat for Humanity project in Mishawaka.
10. LeBron James (1.8%)
Four-time NBA champion
What time is ESPN's 'College GameDay'?
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Time: 9 a.m. ET
"College GameDay" airs from 9 a.m. ET until noon on ESPN. It features host Rece Davis, analysists Desmond Howard, Pat McAfee, Kirk Herbstreit and personality Lee Corso, a former Indiana coach who concludes the show each week predicting the winner of the host game by placing the headgear of a team's mascot costume on his head.
Saturday marks the 32nd time "GameDay" has broadcast from a Notre Dame football game, dating back to the inaugural campus broadcast Nov. 13,
This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: Vote on 'College GameDay' guest picker for Notre Dame-Ohio State