The celebrity picker for the LSU at Alabama "College Game Day" show was a new and rising comic, Nate Bargatze.

Nick-named “the clean comic,” Bargatze does not use profanity or sexually explicit material in his funny stuff.  He bars profanity, and he bars sexual references, but he does not bar humor.

Bargatze had no trouble being neutral between the home Crimson Tide and the visiting LSU Tigers because he is a Vanderbilt fan. No wonder he turned to comedy.

Each week, the "College Game Day" show on ESPN features a different celebrity, often from outside the sports world, to join the regulars on the show with their prediction of the winners.

Bargatze is on a national tour, the “Be Funny” tour. He performs in Birmingham at Legacy Arena of the BJCC on May 11. Details and tickets here.

The 44-year-old attended Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville, his hometown. He has been married since 2006 and has one child, a daughter.

He hosted "Saturday Night Live" on October 28.

This was the second visit to Tuscaloosa this year for "College Game Day." The show was in town before Alabama’s only loss, Texas, on September 9.

"College Gameday" broadcast on ESPN from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday from the “Quad,” the historic quadrangle area where Denny Chimes overlooks the campus. Pre-game tailgating now centers on the Quad. The weekly “Elephant Stomp” featuring the pep squad of Alabama's Million Dollar Band is on the Quad on the steps of the Gorgas Library.

Jim Zeigler is former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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