Week 10 2014: Weekday picks! #cfb #saturdayselections

Week 10 picks are starting to come in after a slow start to the week.  We will have more and more as today and tomorrow chug along, and as always we will be here Saturday morning for all of the big predictions from the Gameday crew and more!

Phil Steele:
Ole Miss over Auburn (by 3)
Georgia over Florida (by 17)
TCU over WVU 37-30
Oregon over Stanford (by 14)
AF over Army
FSU over Louisville
Marshall over FAU
Ariz St over Utah

Colin cowherd:
FSU over Louisville 31-27

Kirk Herbstreit:
Louisville over FSU

Mark May:
Louisville over FSU
TCU over WVU
Auburn over Ole Miss
Oregon over Stanford

Trevor Matich:
TCU over WVU
Auburn over Ole Miss
Oregon over Stanford
Georgia over Florida

Todd McShay:
TCU over WVU
Auburn over Ole Miss
Oregon over Stanford
Georgia over Florida

Mike Bellotti:
FSU over Louisville

David Pollack:
FSU over Louisville

Heather Dinich:
FSU over Louisville
Ole Miss over Auburn

Matt Millen:
FSU over Louisville

Brett Mcmurphy:
Oregon over Stanford
Auburn over Ole Miss

Danny Kanell:
Ariz St over Utah
FSU over Louisville
Oregon over Stanford

Robert Smith:
Ole Miss over Auburn
TCU over WVU
Oregon over Stanford
FSU over Louisville

Brian Griese:
Auburn over Ole Miss
WVU over TCU
Oregon over Stanford
FSU over Louisville

2014 Mid-season standings update! #cfb #cfbplayoff #secbias

As we sit here heading into week 10 of our 2014 college football season, the first ever College Football Playoff Committee rankings came out last night.  Since the playoff committee has decided this is a good time to put out rankings, we here at Cole’s Gameday Blog have decided this is also a good time to put out the mid-season standings.  We have put together a crack team of experts for the first ever COLE’S GAMEDAY BLOG RANKING COMMITTEE!!!  Our committee members consist of myself, my wife Jennifer, a cat, two jugs of sangria wine, one copy of “The Waterboy” on DVD, a taco ten pack from Taco Bell, and a shrine dedicated to Tim Tebow.  Keep in mind that our conclusions are unofficial (as opposed to whatever else we do here) and will certainly change as the season nears completion.

What you may notice is that, just like the playoff committee, our rankings also include SEC BIAS!!!  Three of our top four competitors are from the SEC Network, which made me wonder if it is easier to pick SEC games, but Greg McElroy also picks games on the Dari & Mel show, where he not only picks other conferences, but is absolutely killing both Dari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. this season.  With so many tough games coming up in the SEC (plus bowl season), I can only imagine that the winning percentages may fall for these newcomers, but only time will tell.

So without further adieu, I present to you the rankings from our major competitors though 9 weeks of competition.

2014-15 Season Right-Wrong % Correct
Greg McElroy 43-10 81.13%
Tim Tebow 31-8 79.49%
Marcus Spears 31-8 79.49%
Pat Forde 174-81 79.09%
Booger McFarland 25-7 78.13%
Phil Steele 97-29 76.98%
Brett McMurphy 28-9 75.68%
Colin Cowherd 65-21 75.58%
Paul Finebaum 32-11 74.42%
David Pollack 37-14 72.55%
Robert Smith 32-14 69.57%
Kevin Carter 44-20 68.75%
Lee Corso 69-32 68.32%
Jason Sehorn 30-14 68.18%
Desmond Howard 71-34 67.62%
Dari Nowhkah 25-12 67.57%
Lou Holtz 22-11 66.67%
Mel Kiper Jr. 23-13 63.89%
Jennifer 61-38 61.62%
Chris Fallica 33-21 61.11%
Jon Berger 23-15 60.53%
Celebrity Guests 55-38 59.14%
Danny Kanell 18-13 58.06%
Kirk Herbstreit 55-41 57.29%
Todd McShay 12-9 57.14%
Trevor Matich 17-16 51.52%
Mark May 15-15 50.00%

Week 9 2014: Picks are graded, results are in! #cfb #saturdayselections

Week 9 brought us some great performances both on the field and off of it.  LSU with another 4th quarter comeback against a top 3 opponent; TCU dropping 82 on a poor Texas Tech team; Utah winning a thriller against USC.  We had some true winners amongst our panel of expert prognosticators this week, and somehow also managed the worst performance we’ve seen since the legendary 0-9 week put up by Robert Smith in Week 8 of 2013.  Let’s dive right in

Winners this week were too many to point out, so the following will be highlighted: Lee Corso (9-2), David Pollack (5-1), Marcus Spears (5-0), Kevin Carter (10-3), Colin Cowherd (9-2), and Trevor Matich (5-1).  This week’s co-champions would have to be Desmond Howard, at an impressive 10-1 (thanks to that no-pick on the Michigan game) and celebrity guest picker Jase Robertson, who went a perfect 9-0 on the week.

We only had two real losers this week, the first of which is Mel Kiper Jr. at 1-3.  The second loser this week, who went on Gameday and absolutely squatted over the desk to relieve himself during the pick segment, is special guest celebrity picker Willie Robertson, who put up an impressive 1-8 record this week.  He went with the upset in every single game, and only managed to get the LSU pick right.  Pretty impressive actually.  Combined with his appearance last year (6-4), this brings Willie to 7-12 all time in the rankings.

Coach Corso nailed another headgear pick this week, going with LSU over Ole Miss.  He is on a warpath this year with the headgear picks sitting at 9-1 on the season.  Jennifer continues to put up the big numbers at 8-3 this week, although she missed the upset special of Washington over Arizona State.  Charley the Cat continues her downfall, losing the Ole Miss pick.  Our last note includes the re-emergence of Kirk Herbstreit with an 8-3 record this week, after several devastating weeks recently.

Check out the full slate of picks and results below to see how your favorite (or most hated) personality did this week.

Lee Corso: 9-2
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Utah over USC
WRONG Washington over Ariz St
WRONG Wash St over Arizona
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT KState over Texas
RIGHT WVU over Okla St
RIGHT LSU over Ole Miss (headgear pick)

Kirk Herbstreit: 8-3
RIGHT WVU over Okla St
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT Harvard over Princeton
WRONG Texas over KState
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
WRONG USC over Utah
RIGHT Ariz St over Washington
WRONG Wash St over Arizona
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee

Desmond Hoard: 10-1
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT Harvard over Princeton
RIGHT Utah over USC
WRONG Wash St over Arizona
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT KState over Texas
RIGHT WVU over Okla St
RIGHT Ariz St over Washington
RIGHT LSU over Ole Miss

Willie Robertson: 1-8
WRONG Kentucky over Miss St
WRONG Tennessee over Alabama
WRONG Penn St over Ohio St
WRONG Texas over KState
WRONG Okla St over WVU
WRONG USC over Utah
WRONG Washington over Ariz St
WRONG Wash St over Arizona
RIGHT LSU over Ole Miss

Jase Robertson: 9-0
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Ohio S tover Penn St
RIGHT KState over Texas
RIGHT WVU over Okla St
RIGHT Utah over USC
RIGHT Ariz St over Washington
RIGHT Arizona over Wash St
RIGHT LSU over Ole Miss

Jennifer’s Picks: 8-3
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT Utah over USC
WRONG Washington over Ariz St (upset special)
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Alabama over Tenessee
RIGHT KState over Texas
RIGHT WVU over Okla St
WRONG Wash St over Arizona
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina

David Pollack: 5-1
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Utah over USC
RIGHT WVU over Okla St
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT Harvard over Princeton

Dari Nowkhah: 2-2
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Utah over USC
WRONG Wash St over Arizona

Mel Kiper Jr.: 1-3
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
WRONG USC over Utah
WRONG Wash St over Arizona

Greg McElroy: 3-2
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
WRONG USC over Utah
RIGHT Arizona over Wash St

Tim Tebow: 4-1
RIGHT Mizzou over Vanderbilt
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky

Marcus Spears: 5-0
RIGHT Mizzou over Vanderbilt
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT LSU over Ole Miss
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky

Paul Finebaum: 4-1
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Mizzou over Vanderbilt
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU

Brett McMurphy: 4-1
WRONG Pitt over GaTech
RIGHT CSU over Wyoming
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Memphis over SMU
RIGHT Arkansas over UAB

Phil Steele: 14-5
RIGHT Marshall over FAU
RIGHT UL-Lafayette over Ark St
RIGHT Oregon over Cal
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
RIGHT KState over Texas
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT WVU over Okla St
WRONG USC over Utah
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT Arizona over Wash St (upset special)
RIGHT Clemson over Syracuse
WRONG UL-Monroe over Texas St
RIGHT W.Michigan over Ohio
WRONG Washington over Ariz St
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Nebraska over Rutgers
WRONG Minnesota over Illinois

Kevin Carter: 10-3
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT KState over Texas
RIGHT WVU over KState
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
WRONG USC over Utah
RIGHT Ariz St over Washington
RIGHT TCU over TTU
WRONG Wash St over Arizona
RIGHT Clemson over Syracuse

Charley the Cat: 0-1
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU

Colin Cowherd: 9-2
RIGHT KState over Texas
RIGHT UCLA over Colorado
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
WRONG Wash St over Arizona
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT Utah over USC
RIGHT Ariz St over Washington

Lou Holtz: 4-1
RIGHT LSU over Ole Miss
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
WRONG S.Carolina over Auburn
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT Utah over USC

Mark May: 3-2
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
WRONG USC over Utah

Chris Fallica: 4-3
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
WRONG USC over Utah
WRONG Wash St over Arizona
RIGHT KState over Texas
RIGHT UCLA over Colorado
RIGHT Harvard over Princeton

Booger McFarland: 2-1
WRONG S.Carolina over Auburn
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT LSU over Ole Miss

Trevor Matich: 5-1
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT Utah over USC
RIGHT Ariz St over Washington
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan

Brad Edwards: 2-2
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
WRONG USC over Utah
RIGHT Ariz St over Washington

Todd McShay: 1-1
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky

Ryen Russillo: 1-1
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Oregon over Cal

Jon Berger: 3-2
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
WRONG USC over Utah
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St

Jason Sehorn: 5-2
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
WRONG USC over Utah
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Ariz St over Washington

Brian Griese: 3-1
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Utah over USC
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU

Robert Smith: 2-2
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
WRONG USC over Utah
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Kstate over Texas

Mike Bellotti: 2-1
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Utah over USC
RIGHT Oregon over Cal

Tim Cowlishaw: 1-0
RIGHT KState over Texas

Charles Arbuckle: 2-0
RIGHT Marshall over FAU
RIGHT Clemson over Syracuse

Pat Forde: 22-5
WRONG Ole Miss over LSU
RIGHT Utah over USC
WRONG Washington over Ariz St
RIGHT Ohio St over Penn St
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
WRONG UVA over UNC
WRONG Pitt over GaTech
RIGHT WVU over Okla St
RIGHT Arizona over Wash St
WRONG Minnesota over Illinois
RIGHT Miss St over Kentucky
RIGHT Mizzou over Vanderbilt
RIGHT Oregon over Cal
RIGHT Cinci over USF
RIGHT Boise St over BYU
RIGHT S.Alabama over Troy
RIGHT Clemson over Syracuse
RIGHT UCLA over Colorado
RIGHT KState over Texas
RIGHT Nebraska over Rutgers
RIGHT Wisconsin over Maryland
RIGHT Stanford over Oreg St
RIGHT Alabama over Tennessee
RIGHT Auburn over S.Carolina
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT Marshall over FAU
RIGHT Georgia Southern over Georgia St

Week 9 2014: College Gameday review! #getup4gameday #cfb

Welcome back everyone.  The afternoon games are in full swing which means it is time for Cole’s College Gameday Review!   This week’s edition of Gameday was coming at you live from Baton Rouge, where we will see the big matchup between Ole Miss and the LSU Tigers.  Right out of the gate the celebration was started with a full pig being roasted immediately behind the Gameday stage, which led us to today’s Gameday Fun Fact!  Did you know that Desmond Howard doesn’t “eat swine”?  Now we know!

The rowdy crowd carried us through the show, which I can only attribute to the re-emergence of one DJ “Babi Mac”.  We have done extensive research here in the lab (i.e. Googled it and looked at the first link) to find out that this Babi Mac is actually former Tennessee Lady Vol Cait McMahan who was added to the Gameday mix for some reason.  However she ended up on Gameday, I still don’t get it.

With such a large and rowdy crowd today, we naturally had a few great signs.  Highlights include “Ole Miss Defense runs like Obamacare website”, “Katy Likes Two Corndogs at Once”, “Colonel Reb voted for Obama”, and of course “Bo Wallace is uncircumcised”.  However, today’s true winner was the sign which made a very brief, partially obscured appearance early on, reading “POOP BUTT>OLE MISS”.  Congratulations good sir or madame.

Week 9 Sign of the Week!

Week 9 Sign of the Week!

Following up that lovely performance, we will go straight into the Sam Ponder Outfit of the Week!  Jennifer complemented the outfit today, saying it was very cute.  She liked the shoes and jewelry especially.  Hey Sam Ponder, remember that if you’re reading this, please give a shoutout to your #1 fan, @GamedayJen.

Sam Ponder/George Whitfield, Week 9

Sam Ponder/George Whitfield, Week 9

You may have also noticed there is a quarterback guru pictured in the photo above.  George Whitfield was back with more outfit confusion, although it seems to be getting better (he must read this blog).  The jacket, while overly plaid, seems to fit better.  All Jennifer could say was “there’s those F’in brown shoes again”.  Keep working on it George.  All you need to do is try and improve a little each week.

We then saw a feature on the head coach from Wisconsin-Whitewater, Lance Liepold, who has reached 100 victories faster than anyone in college football history.  He has quite the impressive little record there at Whitewater, with 100 victories, 6 losses, and 5 national championships.  One more loss than national championship.  It seemed like a great little school with a great community surrounding him, so congratulations to Coach Liepold on his 100th victory.

Les Miles decided to join the show today, being interviewed by Sam Ponder.  The first highlight of this interview was the purple track suit Coach Miles was wearing (pictured below).  The second highlight was the corn dog discussion between Ponder and Miles.  Les Miles says: “I have never personally tried corn dogs before, but I suspect they taste good”.  This man is a true wordsmith.  He could be a poet.

Les Miles Track Suit

Les Miles Track Suit

Now it is time for the Desmond Howard Michigan Pick of the Week!  The Gameday boys were discussing this week’s big matchup between Michigan and Michigan State, and even had a nifty video montage of recent years between Michigan and “little brother” Michigan State.  Kirk and Lee both decided that they would go with Michigan State in today’s game, and asked Desmond who he thought would win this one.  He shuffled around nervously before declaring that he would be picking that game later on in the show.  I guess we will just have to wait, so mark that down.

The Gameday boys then re-assembled as a whole group including David for this week’s overly casual roundtable segment.  This week, our discussion centered around who the best one loss team in the country is and current playoff standings.  YEAH, BUT WHO IS IN YOUR TOP FOUR???

Gene W. had a piece on Utah kicker Andy Phillips.  Andy grew up as a skier, and even competed on the US junior national team.  He passed on Olympic hopes to fulfill his Mormon mission, only to return and decide he wanted to start playing football at the age of 20.  Yes, as in, never played football before he was 20.  He decided it would be cool to be a kicker, and practiced untold hours on his own time before making it on the Utah squad as a walk-on.  His first practices were the first time he ever wore pads, and he had to ask teammates about how to adjust his chin strap amongst other things.  A pretty nice little segment about a unique individual within our great sport.

The Chef of the Week returned this week, featuring chef Peter Sclafani III along with his trusty sidekick simply known as “Big Ruffin”.  It was a nice little spread, and “Big Ruffin” was pretty pleased with his own contribution of mini-corndogs.

Chef Sclafani and Big Ruffin

Chef Sclafani and Big Ruffin

Tom Rinaldi had a story about Bo Wallace.  Apparently we’ve all decided that this year Bo Wallace is pretty good.

Rinaldi also had a piece entitled “Halloween, 1959″ about the 1959 matchup between LSU and Ole Miss.  Apparently Ole Miss was up 3-0 as time was winding down in the 4th quarter, when Billy Cannon returned a punt to seal the game 7-3 and also contribute to his Heisman winning season.  Rinaldi said that many players from that Ole Miss team have never gone back to LSU’s stadium since that night, but they are apparently gathering tonight to come back for such a monumental game.

Now it is time for everybody’s favorite part of the show, the picks!  Today’s celebrity guests were Jase Robertson and Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty.  This was Willie Robertson’s second appearance as a guest picker as you may recall.  On this appearance, Jase seemed to be very up to date and knowledgable about current happenings in football, while Willie did nothing but call for upsets and pick against Jase.  Lee Corso went so far as to say he had run out of NOT-SO-FASTs for Willie.  However, when it came down to the business of the LSU game, Desmond went with LSU, as well as Jase and Willie both agreeing on the final game (in favor of LSU).  Lee Corso donned the Tiger headgear, and the crowd erupted.  Charley the Cat went with Ole Miss, so we have a chance to make up a game on Coach Corso today!

Corso takes LSU!

Corso takes LSU! (courtesy Gameday twitter)

Charley takes Ole Miss!

Charley takes Ole Miss!

Oh, we have time for an extra point today!  Remember when Desmond Howard ducked the Michigan/Michigan State pick early in the show?  Yeah, when he said he wouldn’t pick that one when they were breaking down the game because he would pick it later.  Well they never mentioned the game again, and Desmond Howard managed to avoid breaking his contractual agreement with the Wolverines by not picking against them on Gameday.  So let’s all bag on Desmond Howard for another week for being such a Michigan homer, and we will revisit this discussion next week!  Enjoy your football.

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