Big & Rich Will No Longer Be The College GameDay Theme Song

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Riley Johnson

Updated

August 31, 2023

Updated

August 31, 2023

Updated

August 31, 2023

It is confirmed! Dynamic country music duo Big & Rich (composed of Big Kenny and John Rich) will no longer be singing the College GameDay theme song, “Comin’ To Your City,” after sixteen incredible years.

On Thursday (August 24), Big & Rich took to social media to let fans know at the same time, expressed what an honor it has been to serve as the voices behind the famous College GameDay opener.

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“College GameDay, it’s been an honor,” wrote in the caption, adding that they are ready to pass the torch to other “extremely talented artists.”

Looking Back To Where It All Started

The collaboration between Big Kenny and John Rich as a country music duo began in 2004. It was during the release of their debut country album, Horse of a Different Color, which produced country hits such as “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” This track was also featured in ESPN’s ad spots during the 2004 World Series Poker.

In 2005, Big & Rich released “Comin’ to Your City” as their second studio album’s lead single and title track. Big Kenny and John Rich themselves wrote the song, and it then ranked No. 21 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

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Two years later, a version of the song was used as the theme song for ESPN’s College GameDay. This version comes with references to many college football teams that are not found in the original recording. 

Sixteen years later, here we are, saying goodbye to the College GameDay theme song we have come to love. Meanwhile, Big & Rich invites fans to ESPN‘s College GameDay as the 2023 college football season begins on Saturday, September 2.


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