2018-19 Season: Big announcement, changes coming!

Hello everyone and welcome back. It is officially open season here at and we will be back in full force providing all of the picks and predictions from your favorite (and most hated) personalities.

I have a very exciting announcement to make. Starting this season, I am teaming up with someone who I will be referring to as Chuck the Stat Guy. Chuck is a professor of statistics at a well-respected school and has his PhD is statistical analysis, and for some reason he is generous enough to help me figure some things out. Aside from his professional duties he has a passion for sports analytics, and this somehow qualifies. He will be helping me sanitize my data, standardize my data, automate various tasks, and eventually we hope to bring you some really cool reports and visualizations of everything I track. For now he chooses to remain anonymous because he can’t risk ruining his career by associating with me, but I am grateful to have him.

In the short-term, not much will change. The posts might be formatted a little different than previous seasons, but that is because we are standardizing and automating some tasks. As the season moves along, the appearance of things might change week to week as we continue to clean up a decade of sloppy work. I literally started this blog almost ten years ago tracking picks on a legal pad, then a text file, then a chaotic Excel spreadsheet, and it is time to join the 21st century.

This partnership with Chuck the Stat Guy is a work in progress, and I hope you are as excited as we are to add him to the ever-growing group of underpaid contributors to this site.

Preseason picks will be coming out soon so stay tuned!


2017-18 #MarchMadness Picks! #NCAATournament #Bracketology

Welcome back everyone to the FIRST EVER GAMEDAYCOLE.COM NCAA MARCH MADNESS PICK EXTRAVAGANZA!  At the request of @WesReynolds1 I decided to see what I could put together in one single hour for NCAA hoops tournament picks.  I don’t generally watch much NCAA basketball, so I don’t know who half of these people are but I assume they are experts.  Take a look at all of the picks and make sure you credit me when you win your pool!

Charles Barkley:
New Mexico State over Clemson
Villanova over LIU Brooklyn/Radford
VT over Alabama
WVU over Murray St
Wichita St over Marshall
Florida over St. Bon/UCLA
TTU over SFA
Arkansas over Butler
Purdue over Cal St. Fullerton
Kansas over Penn
Seton Hall over NC St
Auburn over Charleston
Mich St over Bucknell
Final Four: Arizona, Villanova, UNC, ?

Jay Bilas:
Elite Eight: Virginia, Cinci, Villanova, Purdue, Gonzaga, Michigan, Kansas, Michigan State
Final four: Virginia, Michigan, Villanova, Michigan State
Virginia to make the Finals
Michigan State ot make the Finals
Michigan State over Virginia in Finals

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Kyle Boone:
Final Four: Cinci, UNC, Villanova, Mich St
Mich St over UNC in Finals

Colin Cowherd:
Nine teams who can win it: Villanova, Duke, Virginia, Michigan St, Michigan, Arizona, Gonzaga, Kansas, UNC
Dark Horse team: Florida

Rece Davis:
Final Four: Villanova, Arizona, Michigan, Mich St
Villanova over Arizona in Finals

Dennis Dodd:
Final Four: Arizona, UNC, Villanova, Mich St
UNC over Villanova in Finals

Pat Forde:
Final Four: Arizona, Michigan, Villanova, Michigan State
Michigan vs Villanova in Finals
Villanova over Michigan in Finals

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Reid Forgrave:
Final Four: Virginia, UNC, Villanova, Duke
Villanova over Virginia in Finals

Mike Greenberg:
Final Four: Mich St, Villanova, Michigan, Winner of Arizona/Kentucky

Seth Greenberg:
Final Four: Michigan St, Virginia, Michigan, Villanova
Michigan State over Virginia in Finals

Andy Katz:
Final Four: Villanova, Michigan, Virginia, Michigan St
Villanova over Michigan in Finals

Josh Nagel:
Final Four: Arizona, Michigan, Villanova, Duke
Duke over Michigan in Finals

Matt Norlander:
Final Four: Virginia, Gonzaga, Purdue, Mich St
Virginia over Mich St in Finals

Jerry Palm:
Final Four: Arizona, UNC, Purdue, Duke
Duke over Arizona in Finals

Gary Parrish:
Final Four: Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Villanova
Duke over Virginia in Finals

Chip Patterson:
Final Four: Arizona, UNC, Villanova, Duke
Villanova over Arizona in Finals

Dick Vitale:
Final Four: Michigan St, Virginia, Villanova, Gonzaga
Michigan State over Virginia in Finals

Jay Williams:
Final Four: Arizona, Michigan St, Gonzaga, Villanova
Arizona over Michigan State in Finals

2017-18 Season final standings & champion!

Welcome back everyone.  We have been hard at work grading picks and running numbers to come up with the 2017-18 college football season final standings here at  As always, things are subjective when our selection committee makes its final decisions.  We take into account strength of schedule, body of work, the eye test, computer rankings, and various generic metrics when deciding which of our reporters, analysts, pundits and talking heads takes the championship.  Below you will find the full ranking of everyone from this season for your review.

Amongst all of the competitors below, I generally only include those who picked at least 100 games in the running for our championship.  Sorry to those of you who picked less games, but next year maybe try a little harder to get your hot sports takes out there on every game.  I also take into account that some of the competitors below aren’t picking a broad selection of games each week.  I’d like to congratulate Andrea Adelson, who is consistently one of our top competitors, on an outstanding season at 90-30 on the year (75% right).  She is on top of all competitors with at least 100 picks.  However, her weekly picks only involve the ACC conference, so I cannot in good conscience crown her this year’s champion.  I have heard rumblings she may be claiming this championship, and may be planning a parade through her neighborhood, and if so then I will not oppose it.

However, it is with great pleasure (or maybe great pain for a lot of you reading this) that I am proud to announce Kirk Herbstreit as our 2017-18 college football picking champion at 117-49 (70.48% right).  I’m sure this will drive all of you haters crazy, because Kirk probably hates your school the most, but the man put up a great record picking the biggest games of the week each week.  I would also like to recognize Stanford Steve Coughlin for winning our top gambler of the year for picking 54.82% against the spread this year.  He consistently ranks amongst the best when it comes to gambling, so next year make sure to pay attention if you need to pad your wallet.

With all of this now complete, we are going into hibernation for now.  We may be back with some opinion pieces in the offseason, or we may not.  Just make sure you are back next August because we vow to be here rain, sleet or snow to track the best, the worst, the most loved, and most hated personalities when it comes to picking college football games.  Thanks for reading this year.

Straight up Straight up % ATS ATS %
Brett McMurphy 2-0 100.00% 1-2-2 40.00%
Matt Stinchcomb 12-1 92.31%
Dave Wannstedt 12-2 85.71%
Trevor Matich 6-1 85.71%
Dusty Dvoracek 34-6 85.00% 30-26-1 53.51%
Rece Davis 34-6 85.00%
Gene Chizik 40-13 80.00%
Mel Kiper Jr. 4-1 80.00%
Ryen Russillo 8-2 80.00% 21-19-2 52.38%
Robert Smith 10-3 76.92%
Matt Leinart 16-5 76.19%
Andrea Adelson 90-30 75.00%
Jordan Rodgers 12-4 75.00%
Chris Doering 67-23 74.44%
Les Miles 35-13 72.92%
Tim Tebow 59-23 71.95%
Marcus Spears 62-25 71.26%
Kirk Herbstreit 117-49 70.48% 4-13-0 23.53%
Phil Steele 166-70 70.34% 136-160-7 46.04%
David Pollack 47-20 70.15%
Celebrity Guests 99-46 68.28%
Jennifer’s Picks 148-71 67.58%
Paul Finebaum 55-28 66.27%
Jesse Palmer 60-31 65.93%
Lee Corso 118-63 65.19% 11-7-0 61.11%
Stanford Steve Coughlin 58-31 65.17% 61-50-3 54.82%
Chris Fallica 93-52 64.14% 83-83-6 50.00%
Bruce Feldman 128-72 64.00%
Desmond Howard 121-70 63.35% 9-8-0 52.94%
Pat Forde 62-37 62.63%
Colin Cowherd 20-12 62.50% 4-3-1 56.25%
Greg McElroy 35-22 61.40%
Mack Brown 6-4 60.00%
Joey Galloway 53-36 59.55%
Booger McFarland 16-11 59.26%
Mark Schlabach 34-24 58.62%
Dari Nowkhah 17-14 54.84%  13-12  52.00%
Joel Klatt 35-36 49.30%
Danny Kanell 28-34 45.16% 12-10-0 54.55%
Scott Van Pelt 56-47-2 54.29%
Rufus Peabody 29-27-1 51.75%
Season totals 2019-991 67.08% 457-455-25 50.11%