Jess Sims will make her College GameDay debut on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

The pregame show is heading to the Notre Dame at Ohio State game, and it should be a fantastic venue for college football.

Sims is a Peloton fan favorite, as well as a sports reporter, and College GameDay took advantage of her popularity by adding her to the show. She’ll join Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard, among others, on this year’s show.

“I am so excited to join the GameDay crew because the show not only celebrates all of the on-field action, but also highlights the passionate communities that surround the games,” said Sims in a statement in August. “This is such a great opportunity to get back to my roots in college sports and I can’t wait to meet incredible athletes and fans and explore these campuses and cities that eat, sleep and breathe their hometown teams.”

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Sims is a former basketball player at Trinity College in Connecticut, and she’s worked with the WNBA’s New York Liberty as a arena host and sideline reporter. Prior to her time as a fan-favorite Peloton instructor, Sims was a kindergarten teacher and school administrator.

“Jess is a rising star who exudes personality and energy.  We’re looking forward to her adding to the excitement surrounding College GameDay each week throughout the season – both during the show and as we engage with students and fans on every campus we visit” said Lee Fitting, ESPN senior vice president, production, in a statement.

While this isn’t a totally-out-of-the-box hire, it’s an interesting one. Sims brings a big following to College GameDay for the 2022 season.

Sims boasts more than 441,000 Instagram followers.

 

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