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Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Week 14 2012: FRIDAY PICK BONANZA!

I forgot to post last night, so my apologies.  Don’t worry, that means we get another FRIDAY PICK BONANZA and will once again be making it rain picks.  I will be updating all day and into the evening so check back often to see who is riding who this weekend… or something.

David Pollack:
Georgia over Bama
NIU over Kent St

Lee Corso:
Stanford over UCLA

Charles Arbuckle:
NIU over Ken St
UCLA over Stanford
OU over TCU
Okla St over Baylor
Tulsa over UCF
Boise St over Nevada
FSU over GaTech
KState over Texas
Nebraska over Wisconsin
Bama over Georgia

Dari Nowkhah:
NIU over Kent St
Stanford over UCLA
OU over TCU
Okla St over Baylor
Tulsa over UCF
Boise St over Nevada
FSU over GaTech
KState over Texas
Wisconsin over Nebraska
Bama over Georgia

Mel Kiper Jr.:
Bama over Georgia

Mike Bellotti:
Nebraska over Wisconsin

Matt Stinchcomb:
FSU over GaTech
Georgia over Bama

Mark Schlabach:
Georgia over Bama (upset special)
Stanford over UCLA
Nebraska over Wisconsin

Skip Bayless:
Bama over Georgia

Brian Griese:
NIU over Kent St
Stanford over UCLA
FSU over GaTech
Nebraska over Wisconsin
Bama over Georgia

Mark May:
NIU over Kent St
Stanford over UCLA
FSU over GaTech
Nebraska over Wisconsin
Bama over Georgia
KState over Texas

Lou Holtz:
Wisconsin over Nebraska
Texas over KState
Georgia over Bama

Trevor Matich:
Bama over Georgia

Robert Smith:
FSU over GaTech
Wisconsin over Nebraska
Bama over Georgia

Christian Fauria:
FSU over GaTech
Nebraska over Wisconsin
Georgia over Bama

Woody Paige:
Georgia over Bama

JA Adande:
Bama over Georgia

Colin Cowherd:
Bama over Georgia
Stanford over UCLA
FSU over GaTech
Nebraska over Wisconsin
KState over Texas

Todd McShay:
KState over Texas
Nebraska over Wisconsin

Ivan Maisel:
Nebraska over Wisconsin

Pat Forde:
Kent St over NIU
Stanford over UCLA
FSU over GaTech
WVU over Kansas
KState over Texas
Nebraska over Wisconsin
MTSU over Ark St
Boise St over Nevada
Oregon St over Nicholls St
Bama over Georgia
Okla St over Baylor
OU over TCU
Hawaii over S.Alabama
Tulsa over UCF
Tx St over NM St
Cinci over UConn
Pitt over USF
Lafayette over FAU

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Week 13 2012: Results are in!

We’ve been tallying results and counting ballots and putting different colored beans into different containers to add up all of the results for this weekend; made only better by SHOWDOWN SATURDAY!  There were a few really good performances from our experts, a few really bad ones, and most of them right in the middle.  This week”s big winner would be Colin Cowherd at 10-2, with other winners being Pat Forde at 19-5, and Lee Corso at 9-2.  Lee Corso got his headgear pick right, pushing his record to 20-0 all time when picking a game USC is involved in.  Pretty impressive stuff for sure.  Our big loser this week was Mark May at 1-3.  Poor Mark.  Not only are you doing very poorly this season with your picks, but you get to hear from Lou Holtz every day who happens to be on a huge roll himself.  Other poor performances were David Pollack at 4-3 and Desmond Howard at 5-4.  Our guest celebrity picker Landon Donovan went 5-5, as the guest overall record continues to slide.  I remember when they used to get people on who knew something about football.  Oh well.  Everyone else finished somewhere in the middle, so look below to find your favorite or most hated personality and see how they did.

Robert Smith: 0-1
WRONG USC over ND

Charles Arbuckle: 5-4
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT ND over USC
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
WRONG FSU over Florida
WRONG Rutgers over Pitt
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
WRONG Kentucky over Tennessee
WRONG Duke over Miami

Jesse Palmer: 0-1
WRONG FSU over Florida

Mike Bellotti: 6-3
RIGHT ND over USC
WRONG FSU over Florida
RIGHT S.Carolina over clemson
WRONG Wisconsin over Penn St
RIGHT WVU over Iowa St
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
RIGHT OU over Okla St
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan

Matt Millen: 1-1
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
WRONG FSU over Florida

Tom Luginbill: 4-0
RIGHT Oregon over Oreg St
RIGHT ND over USC
RIGHT S.Carolina over Clemson
RIGHT Mich St over Minnesota

Mark Schlabach: 2-0
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
RIGHT S.Carolina over Clemson (upset special)

Jason Sehorn: 1-0
RIGHT S.Carolina over Clemson

Dan Hawkins: 0-1
WRONG Wisconsin over Penn St

Colin Cowherd: 10-2
RIGHT ND over USC
WRONG Washington over Wash St
WRONG Ariz over Ariz St
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
RIGHT Florida over FSU
RIGHT OU over Okla St
RIGHT Stanford over UCLA
RIGHT TAMU over Mizzou
RIGHT S.Carolina over Clemson

Skip Bayless: 0-1
WRONG USC over ND

Scott Van Pelt: 1-0
RIGHT Pitt over Rutgers

Christian Fauria: 3-1
RIGHT ND over USC
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
WRONG FSU over Florida
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St

Danny Kanell: 2-2
WRONG FSU over Florida
WRONG Clemson over S.Carolina
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT Vanderbilt over Wake Forest

Dari Nowkhah: 8-6
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
WRONG USC over ND
RIGHT Mich St over Minnesota
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Nebraska over Iowa
WRONG Clemson over S.Carolina
WRONG Wisconsin over Penn St
WRONG UCLA over Stanford
WRONG FSU over Florida
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT Rutgers over Pitt
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Tennessee over Kentucky

Mel Kiper Jr.: 3-2
RIGHT ND over USC
WRONG Clemson over S.Carolina
RIGHT Stanford over UCLA
WRONG FSU over Florida
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St

Todd McShay: 3-2
RIGHT ND over USC
WRONG FSU over Florida
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
WRONG Okla St over OU (Upset special)

Lou Holtz: 3-1
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT S.Carolina over Clemson
WRONG FSU over Florida
RIGHT ND over USC

Mark May: 1-3
WRONG Michigan over Ohio St
WRONG Clemson over S.Carolina
RIGHT Florida over FSU
WRONG USC over ND

Trevor Matich: 5-1
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
RIGHT OU over Okla St
RIGHT Penn St over Wisconsin
WRONG FSU over Florida

Brad Edwards: 5-0
RIGHT Florida over FSU
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
RIGHT OU over Okla St
RIGHT Penn St over Wisconsin

Mike Golic: 1-0
RIGHT ND over USC

Pat Forde: 19-5
RIGHT WVU over Iowa St
RIGHT Nebraska over Iowa
RIGHT NIU over E.Mich
RIGHT Kent St over Ohio
WRONG Arizona over Ariz St
RIGHT LSU over Arkansas
RIGHT S.Carolina over Clemson
WRONG FSU over Florida
WRONG Rutgers over Pitt
RIGHT VATech over UVA
RIGHT OU over Okla St
RIGHT Mich St over Minnesota
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Penn St over Wisconsin
RIGHT SJSU over LaTech
RIGHT Utah St over Idaho
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Notre Dame over USC
RIGHT Stanford over UCLA
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT TAMU over Mizzou
WRONG Louisville over UConn

David Pollack: 4-3
WRONG UCLA over Stanford
RIGHT Notre Dame over USC
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
WRONG Okla St over OU
WRONG Clemson over S.Carolina

Desmond Howard: 5-4
WRONG Michigan over Ohio St
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
WRONG Okla St over OU
RIGHT Stanford over UCLA
WRONG Clemson over S.Carolina
RIGHT ND over USC
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
WRONG Wisconsin over Penn St

Kirk Herbstreit: 6-4
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
WRONG FSU over Florida
WRONG Clemson over S.Carolina
WRONG Wisconsin over Penn St
RIGHT Stanford over UCLA
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
WRONG Indiana over Purdue
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT OU over Okla St

Lee Corso: 9-2
RIGHT S.Carolina over Clemson
RIGHT Bama over Auburn
RIGHT Penn St over Wisconsin
WRONG FSU over Florida
RIGHT Stanford over UCLA
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
WRONG Indiana over Purdue
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT OU over Okla St
RIGHT ND over USC (headgear pick)

Landon Donovan: 5-5
WRONG Indiana over Purdue
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
WRONG Wisconsin over Penn St
WRONG FSU over Florida
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
WRONG Clemson over S.Carolina
RIGHT Stanford over UCLA
WRONG Oregon St over Oregon
RIGHT OU over Okla St
RIGHT ND over USC

Jennifer’s Picks: 5-6
WRONG Texas over TCU
WRONG Clemson over S.Carolina
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
WRONG Indiana over Purdue
WRONG Wisconsin over Penn St
WRONG FSU over Florida
RIGHT Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT Stanford over UCLA
WRONG Oregon St over Oregon (upset special)
RIGHT OU over Okla St
RIGHT ND over USC

Week 13 2012: Gameday review!

Folks, you are looking live at another glorious Saturday of college football. It is even more glorious thanks to the fact that it is SHOWDOWN SATURDAY or RIVALRY SATURDAY or SOMETHING ELSE SATURDAY or WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT SATURDAY!  Ohio State is currently trailing Michigan, and generic Big Ten action can only mean one thing: once again, we have put another edition of College Gameday (built by the Home Depot obv) into the official record books.  This week’s edition was coming at you like from Memorial Coliseum in LA for the big matchup between the #1 undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the unranked (ha) USC Trojans.  Our experts are sitting at 12-4 in favor of Notre Dame over USC in the picking game, so gamblers take note.  We opened up the show with Chris Fowler welcoming us to a dark morning in LA along with Desmond, David and Herbie.  After the opening segment, Fowler went back to the bus to take a nap while Samantha Steele took over hosting duties as always.  After being on an incredible winning streak with her outfits, she had a setback with her outfit this week.  Not too bad, but previous weeks were outstanding.

Samantha Steele: Week 13

Things we learned in the early hour include the fact that Desmond Howard really enjoys kicking Herbie in the crotch by calling the Buckeyes merely “Ohio”.  Over and over.  I think Herbie was starting to get a little bit irritated before this passed.  It was somewhat of a slow hour on ESPNU to start things off.  We got a replay of Tom Rinaldi’s piece about losing from last week.  We got a little bit of TODD MCSHAY LOOKING AT THE TAPE!  He was breaking down Florida State’s EJ Manuel and talked in generic fashion about his mechanics and reminded us that Todd McShay is a draft guru who likes looking at the tape.  Honestly there wasn’t much of note other than previewing games, and you didn’t come here to read my opinion about their game previews.  For that reason, I will present the following picture from Samantha Steele’s twitter account for no real reason.

“He must have seen something shiny” -Sam Steele

We also got some early morning picks from Davey and Des.  To nobody’s surprise, David went with Georgia over Georgia Tech.  Desmond picked Michigan over Ohio St.  The beaver train has run out of steam, as both guys picked the Ducks over Oregon State.  As for today’s big matchup, they both went with Notre Dame over USC.  Let’s move on to the big show on ESPN.  We sent Samantha Steele to the bus and sent David Pollack to go use the internet, and this week he was tweeting with the rubes in Trojan headgear next to the statues outside of the stadium.  Oh David Pollack, what will you come up with next?

David Pollack: Internet user

We were joined once again by Kirk Herbstreit, and Lee Corso joined the show as things took off on ESPN.  We were reminded that Lee Corso is 19-0 all time when picking a game USC is involved in for his headgear pick.  Gamblers, take note.  Quickly, we will touch on signs of the day.  Notable signs included “MOM THE MEATLOAF” and “Bring back the Los Angeles Rams”.  However, the sign of the week was indisputable.

Hint: Over his shoulder

Now that I have fully acknowledged my immaturity, I would like to take a moment to editorialize about something (as opposed to whatever the rest of this is that I do).  Every week on Gameday, they do a quick segment coming back from a commercial break about the signs in the crowd.  They highlight some clever signs and we all sing along with “Signs” by Tesla, and then we get the SIGN OF THE DAY!  And every week I get my hopes up that the sign of the day might actually be funny or clever.  And every week it is some crapass sign like today’s which read “05 Bush Push – Revenge is sweet”.  Thank you for wasting my time.  Another thing related to this is these two goobers known as Will and Ravi who present the sign of the day.  I’m sure you’ve seen them before, but for those of you who don’t know, I will review.  Will and Ravi are “two diehard college football fans” who were “selected” to do wacky segments every week to make it to this week’s game.  Or as I like to call it, two out of work improv actors who auditioned and won a spot doing forced schtick on Gameday.  I’ve about had it with Will and Ravi, do you hear me Lee Fitting?  End rant.

A very exciting development was a special bonus segment (at least for fans of “David Pollack Using the Internet”) which was LEE CORSO USING THE INTERNET!  Desmond Howard was trying to teach Coach Corso how to use an iPhone to play Cornhole Challenge.  It was quite amusing to see Coach Corso playing with this colorful gadget with moving pictures and sounds.

Lee Corso: New internet user

This week’s “Beatnik Poetry with Tom Rinaldi” was entitled “Rivalry”.  Tom Rinaldi told us things in quiet-talk like how rivalry week is more than another week on the schedule, it is a brutal ritual, and it is 60 minutes that lasts 365 days.  Very deep stuff.  Now let’s make sure to get Tom Rinaldi’s name plastered all over this 30 second montage and move on.

Tom Rinaldi performing live

The highlight of all of the segments today was this week’s Tebow Memorial segment about Anthony Starego.  Anthony is a senior in higschool and the varsity kicker for Brick High School in New Jersey.  He is also autistic, and functions in school at the level of a ten year old.  He is maybe the biggest Rutgers fan out there, and it was the 2006 Rutgers fieldgoal win over Louisville that inspired him to be a kicker.  As his parents described, he thrives  at Rutgers football games when they attend.  We learned how the routine and repetition of being a kicker helps him both on and off the field, and how he once kicked the winning fieldgoal against a big state rival which was pretty amazing.  This young man, who can kick them from 50 yards out, is going to petition to be given another year of eligibility to continue kicking while he continues his special needs education.  Quite an amazing story.

We were then treated to a FOURTH Tom Rinaldi piece about Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.  Upon his hire at Notre Dame, a long time fan loaned Coach Kelly a football signed by Coaches Holtz and Parseghian (the last two coaches to win a championship at Notre Dame).  He was loaned this ball with the expectation that he would return it with his own autograph added after they win a championship.  The ball sits in Kelly’s office, and is great motivation for him and his team.  He’s just not so sure that if they win a championship that he will be able to give it back to its owner that easily.  Another good piece, but I think we’ve heard about enough from quiet-talking Tom Rinaldi after four segments by him.  It seems that his presence increases every week.  Someday in the distant future, College Gameday will likely be the three-hour “Tom Rinaldi Show” with special guests Desmond Howard on location, David Pollack via satellite hookup from the retirement home, Grandpa Herbie, Chris Fowler clone #3, and hologram Lee Corso making headgear picks.

Speaking of picks, its about that time.  The full slate of picks can be found HERE, HERE and HERE for those interested.  This week’s pick segment had celebrity guest and overly handsome man Landon Donovan on hand to give us his thoughts on things.  Let me rewind a bit, to when we were getting picks from Desmond Howard.  Desmond went on and on about how if Auburn can keep the Iron Bowl close, they could upset Bama.  This went on and on, and Herbie was quite amused by Desmond’s string of “if this” and “if that” before telling us that he’s still picking Bama over Auburn

Tell us more how you love Auburn before picking Bama

Anyways, as we mentioned earlier, Coach Corso is 19-0 when picking a game USC is involved in for his headgear pick.  Landon Donovan went with Notre Dame to everyone’s surprise, since most celebrity guests go with the home crowd.  But what about Lee Corso?  Would he pick the Trojans? Would he put on the leprechaun suit for the second time this year?  He pulled out the Trojan helmet to a roar of applause before throwing it to the side and putting on the Leprechaun fedora.  He then went into full Fighting Irish mode posing for the camera as the show closed out.

Corso picks the Irish!