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Week 14 2014: College Gameday review #rivalryweek #cfb #cfbplayoff

Rivalry week games are in full swing with some great action on the fields so far on this Saturday, so it is time to stop down and review this morning’s College Gameday.

This edition of College Gameday was broadcasting to your television set from Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the legendary Iron Bowl game between Alabama and Auburn.  The rest of the rivalry week game slate is nearly that impressive all the way around, so this week’s show was very football intensive and short on nonsense.

The Gameday crew opened up the show with their quick hit segment advertising the ESPN network games of the day, and was then followed by the re-emergence of the mysterious entity known as Babi Mac.  Ms. Mac was featured while entertaining the crowd after coming back from the first commercial break, but was completely obstructed from view by the cameraman who chose to record her appearance with a trophy and a pole in the way.

Babi Mac, probably

Babi Mac, probably

There was an appearance by QB guru George Whitfield to discuss Marcus Mariota with Sam Ponder.  It appears that in Whitfield’s spare time he may also be joining the Nation of Islam with this week’s outfit.  I do have to admit, his suit fit much better this week and it was much less outlandish on the patters.  Please note the teeny tiny lapel rosette for your enjoyment.

George Whitfield, QB Guru

George Whitfield, QB Guru

Signs this week were pretty disappointing.  It was quite a large crowd this week with tons of signs, so I’m sure we missed something good, but it was slim pickings to find gold this week.  For that reason, we will highlight the most crude sign of the week, as well as the biggest giveup of a sign this week.

Me too!

Me too!

Who farted?

Who farted?

While we are looking at Kirk’s handsome mug above, please take note that he is not wearing a lapel rosette this week.  Our public relations department attempted to contact his people for an official statement regarding the lapel rosettes he has been wearing recently, but they declided to comment on his behalf.  Or maybe I tweeted at him and he never responded.  Jerk.

While we are on the topic of fashion, let’s stop down to review the Sam Ponder Outfit of the Week!  This week she was wearing a nice knit sweater with a black skirt and leggings.  Jennifer complimented the skirt and sweater combo as well as the jewelry, calling it all around “a good look”.  Sam Ponder, if you are reading this for some reason, just remember your biggest fan is waiting for a shoutout @GamedayJen.

Sam Ponder, week 14

Sam Ponder, week 14

Sam Ponder Week 14

Sam Ponder and George Whitfield

A feature piece this week was a segment highlighting “grand entrances” in college football.  You know, where teams follow whatever ritual before storming the field prior to the game.  Most of this segment seemed to focus on the Michigan banner and Howard Schnellenberger introducing the smoke effect into the pregame entrance at Miami, but the beginning was a pretty funny segment about a youth football team failing to break their entrance banner.  I found it odd there was no mention of grand entrances such as the Clemson rock and hill they run down, the Colorado team being led onto the field by a buffalo, OU and Texas coming out of the same tunnel, or whatever your favorite entrance may be.  The video can be found here for those interested http://goo.gl/bexlz2

The most important segment of the day was the appearance of Jesse Palmer on College Gameday.  In case you missed it, David Pollack and Jesse Palmer attempted to recreate the Odell Beckham Jr. catch from last week’s Cowboys game.  The video can be found here http://goo.gl/5pjUxd

Gene W. had a piece covering last year’s Iron Bowl and some of the quirkier aspects you may not have known about.  The segment featured the team’s equipment manager Dana Marquez, who sewed together a torn jersey on the sideline late in the game rather than use a spare, because a new jersey might jinx the game.  Apparently the field crew discovered that after the field was rushed last year, someone scattered a person’s ashes on the field perhaps in accordance with their last wishes.  The main focus was on Auburn student Hayden Hart, who stole Gus Malzahn’s visor after the game last year.  They were reunited this year when Gus met Hayden and offered to sign the visor for him.

Nick Saban joined the crew to discuss football items.  I know he may have a reputation of being stoic, but I am predicting he will end up as an ESPN mainstay whenever he decides to call it quits at Alabama.

When it came time to pick the games, this week’s special guest picker was none other than Alabama legend, wearer of fur coats, and best friend of Suzy Kolber, the man known as Joe Namath.  He seemed in great spirits and sobriety this morning as he picked the slate of games today.  On set, both Namath and Corso manifested themselves a pair of fur coats to wear while picking games.

Sharp dressed men

Sharp dressed men

In this week’s edition of “Desmond Howard picking the Michigan game”, a dejected Desmond Howard said his Wolverines would fight hard but that it just wouldn’t be enough to overcome the Ohio State Buckeyes this year.  I may have seen a single tear roll down his cheek, but this is unconfirmed.

Desmond Howard, dying inside

Desmond Howard, dying inside

For this week’s big game, David, Desmond and Kirk were unanimous that Alabama would win today’s big game.  Joe Namath too went with his Crimson Tide.  Lee Corso goaded the crowd, saying that he picked Alabama the previous year and was let down.  Just when you thought he was going to pull the trigger on Auburn, he faked us out and threw that elephant headgear on for another Alabama pick.

Corso picks the Tide!

Corso picks the Tide!

Now my memory may be a little bit hazy, but I’m pretty sure that in my Gameday season preview back in August I predicted at some point we would see Lee Corso and Joe Namath wearing matching fur coats while Corso donned an elephant mascot head.  Anyways, Charley the Cat did a triple fake-out before picking Auburn to beat Alabama this morning, so we are looking for a showdown between Charley and Corso tonight.

Charley picks Auburn

Charley picks Auburn

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Week 14 2014: Rivalry week college picks! #RivalryWeek #cfb #cfbplayoff #ironbowl

Good morning, and a happy rivalry week to you.  The Saturday morning picks have started to pour in, with everyone wanting to get their picks in on such an important day in this game.  Check back often because we will be posting updates all morning, including the SEC Nation, the Gameday crew, special guest picker Joe Namath, and of course Coach Corso’s headgear pick.

Lee Corso:
Grambling St over Southern
Oregon over Oregon St
Wash St over Washington
Miss St over Ole Miss
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Ohio St over Michigan
S.Carolina over Clemson
Georgia over GaTech
FSU over Florida
USC over ND
Alabama over Auburn (headgear pick)

Kirk Herbstreit:
Alabama over Auburn
FSU over Florida
Marshall over WKU
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Mich St over Penn St
NW over Illinois
Grambling St over Southern
Oregon over Oregon St
Washington over Wash St
Miss St over Ole Miss
Ohio St over Michigan
Clemson over S.Carolina
Georgia over GaTech
USC over ND

Desmond Howard:
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Mich St over Penn St
NW over Illinois
Grambling St over Southern
Washington over Wash St
Miss St over Ole Miss
Ohio St over Michigan
S.Carolina over Clemson
GaTech over Georgia
FSU over Florida
Oregon St over Oregon
USC over ND
Alabama over Auburn

Joe Namath:
Minnesota over Wisconsin
Ohio St over Michigan
Clemson over S.Carolina
Georgia over GaTech
Miss St over Ole Miss
FSU over Florida
Oregon over Oregon St
USC over ND
Alabama over Auburn

Jennifer’s Picks:
Wisconsin over Minnesota (close)
Mich St over Penn St
NW over Illinois
Oregon over Oregon St
Washington over Wash St
Ohio St over Michigan
Clemson over S.Carolina
Georgia over GaTech
Miss St over Ole Miss
Florida over FSU (upset special)
USC over ND
Alabama over Auburn
Louisville over Kentucky
Tennessee over Vanderbilt
Baylor over TTU
Mich St over Penn St

Chris Fowler:
Southern over Grambling St

Charley the Cat:
Auburn over Alabama

David Pollack:
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Mich St over Penn St
NW over Illinois
Alabama over Auburn

Dari Nowkhah:
Alabama over Auburn
Miss St over Ole Miss
Wisconsin over Minnesota
FSU over Florida

Mel Kiper Jr.:
Alabama over Auburn
Miss St over Ole Miss
Wisconsin over Minesota
FSU over Florida

Greg McElroy:
Georgia over GaTech 42-28
FSU over Florida 21-17
S.Carolina over Clemson 31-17
Louisville over Kentucky 24-21
Tennessee over Vanderbilt 35-14
Miss St over Ole Miss 28-24
Alabama over Auburn 31-21
Wisconsin over Minnesota

Tim Tebow:
Tennessee over Vanderbilt
Louisville over Kentucky
S.Carolina over Clemson
Georgia over GaTech
Florida over FSU
Miss St over Ole Miss
Alabama over Auburn

Marcus Spears:
Tennessee over Vanderbilt
Kentucky over Louisville
Clemson over S.Carolina
Georgia over GaTech
FSU over Florida
Miss St over Ole Miss
Alabama over Auburn

Paul Finebaum:
Tennessee over Vanderbilt
Louisville over Kentucky
S.Carolina over Clemson
Georgia over GaTech
FSU over Florida
Miss St over Ole Miss
Alabama over Auburn

Brett Mcmurphy:
Florida over FSU
Alabama over Auburn
Oregon over Oregon St
Ohio St over Michigan
Cal over BYU
UAB over S.Miss
Louisville over Kentucky
Duke over Wake Forest

Phil Steele:
Marshall over WKU 52-24
TCU over Texas 30-23
Ohio St over Michigan 37-20
FSU over Florida 31-20
Miss St over Ole Miss 22-20
Alabama over Auburn 34-21
Wisconsin over Minnesota 35-13
UCLA over Stanford 28-17
Mich St over Penn St 31-10
NIU over W.Mich 28-27
Arkansas over Mizzou 23-17 (upset special)
Oregon over Oreg St 45-21
Washington over Wash St 37-27 (best bet of the week)
Baylor over TTU
Arizona over Ariz St
Georgia over GaTech 44-35
NW over Illinois 27-20
S.Carolina over Clemson 21-20
Louisville over Kentucky 37-20

Phil Steele’s FCS Round 1 picks:
Richmond over Morgan St
Indiana St over EKU
SE Louisiana over SHSU
Montana over San Diego
James Madison over Liberty
S.Dakota St over Montana St
SF Austin over N.Iowa

Kevin Carter:
Alabama over Auburn
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Ohio St over Michigan
Oregon over Oregon St
FSU over Florida
Miss St over Ole Miss
Georgia over GaTech

Week 14 2014: Weekday college picks! #cfb #cfbplayoff #rivalryweek

It is a holiday week here around these parts, so the big games this week will be starting early.  This means that picks are starting early, so without further adieu, here week 14’s weekday picks.  We will be updating as more come in.

Phil Steele:
Marshall over WKU 52-24
TCU over Texas 30-23
Ohio St over Michigan 37-20
FSU over Florida 31-20
Miss St over Ole Miss 22-20
Alabama over Auburn 34-21
Wisconsin over Minnesota 35-13
UCLA over Stanford 28-17
Mich St over Penn St 31-10
NIU over W.Mich 28-27
Arkansas over Mizzou 23-17 (upset special)
Oregon over Oreg St 45-21
Washington over Wash St 37-27 (best bet of the week)
Baylor over TTU
Arizona over Ariz St

Phil Steele’s FCS Round 1 picks:
Richmond over Morgan St
Indiana St over EKU
SE Louisiana over SHSU
Montana over San Diego
James Madison over Liberty
S.Dakota St over Montana St
SF Austin over N.Iowa

Colin Cowherd:
Texas over TCU

Lou Holtz:
Arkansas over Mizzou
FSU over Florida
Alabama over Auburn
Ole Miss over Miss St
Oregon over Oreg St
Baylor over TTU

Mark May:
Arkansas over Mizzou
Florida over FSU
Alabama over Auburn
Miss St over Ole Miss

Jon Berger:
Alabama over Auburn
Miss St over Ole Miss
Florida over FSU
Ohio St over Michigan
TCU over Texas
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Baylor over TTU

Jason Sehorn:
Alabama over Auburn
Miss St over Ole Miss
FSU over Florida
Ohio St over Michigan
TCU over Texas
Oregon over Oregon St
Clemson over S.Carolina
Baylor over TTU
USC over ND
Arizona over Ariz St

Pat Forde:
Alabama over Auburn 35-17
Oregon over Oreg St 44-21
FSU over Florida 21-20
Miss St over Ole Miss 23-17
Ohio St over Michigan 38-14
Georgia over GaTech 32-28
Arizona over Ariz St 34-31
Wisconsin over Minnesota 24-13
CSU over AF 35-20
KState over Kansas 41-14
UVA over VaTech 16-14
Louisville over Kentucky 27-16
NW over Illinois 29-24
Tennessee over Vanderbilt 37-17
Nevada over UNLV 45-28
USC over ND 34-31
S.Carolina over Clemson 23-22
UNC over NC St 43-19
Indiana over Purdue 41-37
Washington over Wash St 34-27
UCF over USF 20-12
BC over Syracuse 26-14
Duke over Wake Forest 19-10
Texas over TCU 26-24
Mizzou over Arkansas 21-16
LSU over TAMU 25-21
Iowa over Nebraska 30-28
Maryland over Rutgers 28-21
Utah over Colorado 23-20
Mich St over Penn St 24-0
Akron over Kent St
UCLA over Stanford
Marshall over WKU
Cal over BYU
Baylor over TTU
Boise St over Utah St

Kirk Herbstreit:
Alabama over Auburn
FSU over Florida
Marshall over WKU

Chris Fallica:
Alabama over Auburn 34-28
Ole Miss over Miss St 20-16
Wisconsin over Minnesota 38-14
Texas over TCU 24-23
Iowa over Nebraska 28-24
Colorado over Utah 31-27

Mike Bellotti:
Texas over TCU
Alabama over Auburn
FSU over Florida
Oregon over Oregon St
Ohio St over Michigan
Stanford over UCLA

Kevin Carter:
Auburn over Alabama
Alabama over Auburn
Minnesota over Wisconsin
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Ohio St over Michigan
Oregon over Oregon St
Florida over FSU
FSU over Florida

Brett Mcmurphy:
Florida over FSU
Alabama over Auburn
Oregon over Oregon St
Ohio St over Michigan

Booger McFarland:
Georgia over GaTech 38-24
S.Carolina over Clemson 28-14
FSU over Florida 35-17
Miss St over Ole Miss 30-14
Alabama over Auburn 42-28
Louisville over Kentucky 27-24
Tennessee over Vanderbilt 31-24

Greg McElroy:
Georgia over GaTech 42-28
FSU over Florida 21-17
S.Carolina over Clemson 31-17
Louisville over Kentucky 24-21
Tennessee over Vanderbilt 35-14
Miss St over Ole Miss 28-24
Alabama over Auburn 31-21

Danny Kanell:
FSU over Florida
Oregon over Oregon St
Ohio St over Michigan
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Texas over TCU

Rece Davis:
Baylor over Okla St
FSU over Florida
Arkansas over Mizzou

Trevor Matich:
Miss St over Ole Miss
FSU over Florida
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Alabama over Auburn
Mizzou over Arkansas

Brad Edwards:
Baylor over Okla St
FSU over Florida
Wisconsin over Minnesota
Alabama over Auburn

Mack Brown:
Mizzou over Arkansas
Miss St over Ole Miss
Alabama over Auburn
UCLA over Stanford

Skip Bayless:
Alabama over Auburn 42-17
Miss St over Ole Miss 30-13
FSU over Florida 27-24

Stephen A. Smith:
Miss St over Ole Miss
Alabama over Ole Miss 37-20
FSU over Florida 35-21

Joey Galloway
FSU over Florida
Texas over Okla St
Ohio St over Michigan

Ryen Russillo:
Arkansas over Mizzou
Miss St over Ole Miss

Tim Cowlishaw:
TCU over Texas

Bill Plaschke:
Alabama over Auburn
Texas over TCU

Jackie MacMullan:
Alabama over Auburn
Florida over FSU

Charles Arbuckle:
Marshall over WKU

Matt Millen
FSU over Florida

Heather Dinich:
Texas over TCU

Butch Davis:
Ohio St over Michigan