Monthly Archives: December, 2014

2014-15 Bowl Season picks! #cfbplayoff #bowlmania

It is once again that time of year for COLE’S BIG BOWL BOARD!  We will be updating this post all throughout bowl season with more picks, predictions, confidence points and projections that we come across, so check back often to see who picked against your team.

Note:  The number after the pick is the confidence point they have chosen for their pick if they have one.  I will post when and where they made the picks since people change their minds as we get closer to the actual games. I present to you picks in no particular order.  Enjoy.

McShay's Big Board!

McShay’s Big Board!

Todd McShay: (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)
Stanford over Maryland (38)
Utah St over UTEP (37)
Marshall over NIU (36)
Alabama over Ohio St (35)
LSU over ND (34)
Utah over CSU (33)
Oregon over FSU (32) *Picked by Kevin Neghandi, McShay is calling this game*
USC over Nebraska (31)
Georgia over Louisville (30)
TCU over Ole Miss (29)
S.Alabama over BGSU (28)
SDSU over Navy (27)
Mich St over Baylor (26)
Florida over ECU (25)
Tennessee over Iowa (24)
Auburn over Wisconsin (23)
Clemson over OU (22)
Illinois over LaTech (21)
BYU over Memphis (20)
Washington over Okla St (19)
WKU over C.Michigan (18)
BC over Penn St (17)
KState over UCLA (16)
UCF over NC St (15)
Nevada over UL-Lafayette (14)
Cinci over VaTech (13)
AF over W.Michigan (12)
Ariz St over Duke (11)
Boise St over Arizona (10)
Toledo over Ark St (9)
Miss St over GaTech (8)
TAMU over WVU (7)
Texas over Arkansas (6)
Minnesota over Mizzou (5)
Miami Fl over S.Carolina (4)
Fresno St over Rice (3)
UNC over Rutgers (2)
Houston over Pitt (1)

Robert Smith: (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)
Florida over ECU (35 / 38)
Auburn over Wisconsin (36)
USC over Nebraska (34)
LSU over ND (32)
Miss St over GaTech (25)
Oregon over FSU (20)
Miami Fl over S.Carolina (15)
Penn St over BC (12)
TCU over Ole Miss (8)
KState over UCLA (7)
Texas over Arkansas (6)
OU over Clemson (5)
Arizona over Boise St (4)
Mich St over Baylor (3)
Ohio St over Alabama (1)
Ohio St over Oregon in championship
Nevada over UL-Lafayette (12/20 Bowl halftime show)

Robert Smith: (Bowl Halftime show (12/26)
VT over Cinci
Ariz St over Duke
Miami Fl over S.Carolina
Penn St over BC
USC over Nebraska

Bowl picks 12/26

Bowl picks 12/26

Ed Cunningham: (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)
Alabama over Ohio St (38)
TCU over Ole Miss (33)
Boise St over Arizona (32)
Arkansas over Texas (24)
USC over Nebraska (22)
BC over Penn St (17)
Florida over ECU (15)
GaTech over Miss St (14)
Miami Fl over S.Carolina (10)
KState over UCLA (9)
Mich St over Baylor (9)
Auburn over Wisconsin (2)
FSU over Oregon – Confidence 1 (CFB Live 12/15)
LSU over ND
FSU over Alabama in championship

Bowl Mania picks!

Bowl Mania picks!

Jennifer’s Picks:
KState over UCLA
UCF over NC St
Mich St over Baylor
Texas over Arkansas
WVU over TAMU
Minnesota over Mizzou
Auburn over Wisconsin
Tennessee over Iowa
USC over Nebraska
Georgia over Louisville
Florida over ECU
Miami Fl over Nebraska
Fresno St over Rice
UNC over Rutgers
TCU over Ole Miss
S.Alabama over BGSU
SDSU over Navy
LSU over ND
Utah over CSU
Miss St over GaTech
Toledo over Ark St
Clemson over OU
Illinois over LaTech
BYU over Memphis
Washington over Okla St
Penn St over BC
WKU over C.Michigan
Boise St over Arizona
Ariz St over Duke
AF over W.Michigan
VaTech over Cinci
Nevada over UL-Lafayette
Oregon over FSU
Alabama over Ohio St
Marshall over NIU
Utah St over UTEP
Houston over Pitt
Stanford over Maryland
Oregon over Alabama in championship

Cole’s Exclusive Premium picks:
UL-Lafayette over Nevada
Utah State over UTEP
Utah over CSU
Air Force over W.Michigan
S.Alabama over BGSU
BYU over Memphis
Marshall over NIU
SDSU over Navy
Western Kentucky over C.Michigan
Fresno State over Rice
Louisiana Tech over Illinois
North Carolina over Rutgers
UCF over NC St
Cincinatti over VaTech
Arizona St over Duke
Miami Fl over S.Carolina
Boston College over Penn St
USC over Nebraska
West Virginia over TAMU
OU over Clemson
Arkansas over Texas
LSU over ND
Georgia over Louisville
Stanford over Maryland
TCU over Ole Miss
Arizona over Boise St
Mississippi State over Georgia Tech
Missouri over Minnesota
Auburn over Wisconsin
Michigan State over Baylor
Oregon over FSU
Alabama over Ohio St
Pittsburgh over Houston
Tennessee over Iowa
UCLA over KState
Washington over Okla St
Florida over ECU
Toledo over Arkansas St
Alabama over Oregon in championship game

Pat Forde: Bowl Dash 12/17
Nevada over UL-Lafayette 35-32
Utah St over UTEP 28-21
Utah over CSU 21-10
AF over W.Michigan 31-28
S.Alabama over BGSU 30-27
BYU over Memphis 24-22
Marshall over NIU 45-38
SDSU over Navy 28-26
WKU over C.Michigan 49-42
Fresno St over Rice 40-34
LaTech over Illinois 37-30
UNC over Rutgers 32-31
UCF over NC St 21-16
Cinci over VaTech 24-23
Ariz St over Duke 38-35
Miami Fl over S.Carolina 27-25
BC over Penn St 10-7
USC over Nebraska 34-24
TAMU over WVU 35-31
OU over Clemson 31-14
Arkansas over Texas 21-14
LSU over ND 34-17
GEorgia over Louisvile 29-24
Stanford over Maryland 21-12
TCU over Ole Miss 27-25
Arizona over Boise St 37-34
Miss St over GaTech 41-31
Auburn over Wisconsin 48-31
Baylor over Mich St 34-27
Mizzou over Minnesota 23-14
Oregon over FSU 38-31
Alabama over Ohio St 28-13
Pitt over Houston 29-22
Tennessee over Iowa 24-21
KState over UCLA 30-26
Washington over Okla St 36-34
ECU over Florida 29-24
Toledo over Ark St 32-25
Oregon over FSU
Alabama over Ohio St
Alabama over Oregon 37-31 (assuming Bama/Oregon win)

Mark Schlabach: (espn.com 12/17)
Nevada over UL-Lafayette 35-31
Utah St over UTEP 34-21
CSU over Utah 34-31
W.Michigan over AF 34-27
BGSU over S.Alabama 28-27
Memphis over BYU 31-24
Marshall over NIU 45-38
SDSU over Navy 31-30
WKU over C.Michigan 48-35
Rice over Fresno St 35-27
LaTech oveR Illinois 31-20
UNC over Rutgers 44-41
NC St over UCF 21-20
Cinci over VaTech 27-21
Ariz St over Duke 28-24
Miami Fl over S.Carolina 27-20
Penn St over BC 23-20
USC over Nebraska 38-27
TAMU over WVU 35-34
OU over Clemson 31-20
Arkansas over Texas 24-17
LSU over ND 27-24
UGA over Louisville 31-27
Stanford over Maryland 27-13
TCU over Ole Miss 34-31
Arizona oveR Boise St 37-34
GaTech over Miss St 34-30
Auburn over Wisconsin 42-35
Baylor over Mich St 45-38
Mizzou over Minnesota 24-20
Oregon over FSU 42-31
Alabama over Ohio St 31-24
Pitt over Houston 28-24
Tennessee over Iowa 28-17
KState over UCLA 27-24
Washington over Okla St 28-14
ECU over Florida 27-23
Toledo over Arkansas St 42-38
Alabama over Oregon 37-28 (assuming they both win)

Paul Finebaum: (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)
Baylor over Mich St
Arkansas over Texas
FSU over Oregon
Alabama over Ohio St

Trevor Matich: (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)
Stanford over Maryland
UCF over NC St (WKU/C.Mich halftime show)
UNC over Rutgers (WKU/C.Mich halftime show)

Tom Luginbill: (CFB Playoff Preview, 12/16)
Alabama over Ohio St
Oregon over FSU
Alabama over Oregon

Gene Chizik: (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)
Alabama over Ohio St

Kevin Carter: (CFB Playoff Preview, 12/16)
Alabama over Ohio St
Oregon over FSU
Alabama over Oregon

Andre Ware: (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)
Arizona St over Duke

Lou Holtz: (Championship Drive 12/7)
Auburn over Wisconsin
Illinois over LaTech
TCU over Ole Miss
Boise St over Arizona
GaTech over Miss St
Mich St over Baylor
Oregon over FSU
Alabama over Ohio St
S.Carolina over Miami Fl (Bowl Mania special 12/14)

Joey Galloway: (Championship Drive 12/7)
Clemson over OU
TCU over Ole Miss
Arizona over Boise St
GaTech over Miss St
Mich St over Baylor
Ohio St over Alabama
FSU over Oregon (Championship Drive 12/7, 12/11)
USC over Nebraska (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)

David Pollack: (Championship Drive 12/7)
Ole Miss over TCU
Arizona over Boise St
Miss St over GaTech
Mich St over Baylor
Alabama over Ohio St
FSU over Oregon (Championship Drive 12/7, 12/11)
Auburn over Wisconsin (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)
Miami Fl over S.Carolina (Twitter 12/27)

Danny Kanell: (Championship Drive 12/7)
TCU over Ole Miss
Boise St over Arizona
Miss St over GaTech
Mich St over Baylor
Oregon over FSU (Championship Drive 12/7, 12/11)
Alabama over Ohio St (SVP 12/16)
USC over Nebraska (Bowl Mania Special, 12/14)

Danny Kanell: (Bowl Halftime show 12/26)
VT over Cinci
Ariz St over Duke
Miami Fl over S.Carolina
BC over Penn St
USC over Nebraska

Bowl picks from The Edge on ESPNU

Bowl picks from The Edge on ESPNU

Jon Berger: (CFB Daily The Edge 12/12)
Alabama over Ohio St
Oregon over FSU
TCU over Ole Miss
Baylor over Mich St
Miss St over GaTech
Arizona over Boise St

Charles Arbuckle: (CFB Daily The Edge 12/12)
Alabama over Ohio St
Oregon over FSU
TCU over Ole Miss
Mich St over Baylor
Miss St over GaTech
Boise St over Arizona

Phil Steele: (CFB Daily The Edge 12/12)
Arizona over Boise St 37-30
Miss St over GaTech 36-20
Mich St over Baylor 37-35
TCU over Ole Miss 27-20
FSU over Oregon 35-34
Alabama over Ohio St 34-24
Ariz St over Duke 38-24
USC over Nebraska 37-23
Utah over CSU 30-20
Penn St over BC 17-13
Washington over Okla St 34-21

Phil Steele: Top 38 Bowl picks (12/18)
Stanford over Maryland (38)
Miss St over GaTech (37)
Alabama over Ohio St (36)
Ariz St over Duke (35)
Washington over Okla St (34)
USC over Nebraska (33)
Marshall over NIU (32)
Utah St over UTEP (31)
LSU over ND (30)
Utah over CSU (29)
WVU over TAMU (28)
Georgia over Louisville (27)
Arkansas over Texas (26)
S.Alabama over BGSU (25)
Florida over ECU (24)
Arizona over Boise St (23)
Penn St over BC (22)
TCU over Ole Miss (21)
OU over Clemson (20)
UNC over Rutgers (19)
BYU over Memphis (18)
UCF over NC St (17)
SDSU over Navy (16)
UCLA over KState (15)
WKU over C.Michigan (14)
AF over W.Michigan (13)
Miami Fl over S.Carolina (12)
Mich St over Baylor (11)
FSU over Oregon (10)
Toledo over Arkansas St (9)
Auburn over Wisconsin (8)
UL-Lafayette over Nevada (7)
Pitt over Houston (6)
VaTech over Cinci (5)
Iowa over Tennessee (4)
Mizzou over Minnesota (3)
LaTech over Illinois (2)
Fresno St over Rice (1)

Phil Steele: (CFB Betting Spreecast 12/17)
Ariz St over Duke 38-24
Penn St over BC17-13
BYU over Memphis
Utah over CSU 30-20
USC over Nebraska 37-23

Phil Steele: (CFB Betting Spreecast 12/23)
Arizona over Boise St 37-30
Mich St over Baylor 37-35
Washington over Okla St 34-21
Alabama over Ohio St 34-24
FSU over Oregon 35-34

Brad Edwards: (CFB Live 12/8)
Alabama over Ohio St
Oregon over FSU
Alabama over Oregon in championship
USC over Nebraska (Bowl Mania special 12/14)

Brad Edwards:( SVP & Russillo 12/26)
UCF-2 vs NC St
Ariz St-7.5 vs Duke
Miami FL vs S.Carolina Over 61.5
USC-7 vs Nebraska
OU-2 over Clemson

SVP:
Rutgers+3
NC St+2.5
Nebraska+7
Texas+6
Clemson+3

Matt Millen:
Oregon over FSU (CFB Daily 12/9)
Alabama over Ohio St (Bowl Mania special 12/14)

Mike Bellotti:
FSU to lose Semi (Championship Drive 12/1)

Skip Bayless:
Oregon over FSU (Twitter 12/17)

Rod Gilmore:
Oregon over FSU (Championship Drive 12/7)

Chris Fallica: (ESPN Inside the Betting Podcast 12/17)
Memphis over BYU
Penn St vs BC
Arkansas-5.5 over Texas
Louisville+7.5 over UGA (and Louisville moneyline!)
GaTech+7 vs Miss St

Chris Fallica: (Paul Finebaum 12/17)
Arkansas over Texas
Mizzou over Minnesota
Florida over ECU
Auburn over Wisconsin
Alabama over Ohio St
LSU over ND
Ole Miss over TCU
Louisville over UGA
Miami Fl over S.Carolina

Chris Fallica: (ESPN Inside the Betting Podcast 12/23)
Auburn/Wisconsin Over
Mich St+3 vs Baylor
Mizzou over Minnesota
FSU over Oregon (moneyline)
Ohio St over Alabama (moneyline bet)
Alabama over Ohio St

Chris Fallica: espn.com 12/26
Miami Fl over S.Carolina 41-21
ND over LSU 24-20
Louisville over Georgia 30-21
Ole Miss over TCU 26-21
GT over Miss St 37-30
Mich St over Baylor 42-31
Missouri over Minnesota 28-21
Washington over Okla St 28-13

Stanford Steve Coughlin: (ESPN Inside the Betting Podcast 12/17)
Utah-3 over CSU
NIU+10 vs Marshall
OU-3 over Clemson
ND+7 vs LSU
USC/Nebraska O61.5

Stanford Steve Coughlin: (ESPN Inside the Betting Podcast 12/23)
Auburn over Wisconsin (and the over)
Mich St+3 vs Baylor
Alabama-9 vs Ohio St

Stanford Steve’s Bowl Mania picks:
Nevada over UL-Lafayette
AF over W.Michigan
S.Alabama over BGSU
Utah St over UTEP
Utah over CSU

Heather Dinich:
Nevada over UL-Lafayette (Twitter 12/20)
AF over W.Mich
BGSU over S.Alabama
Utah St over UTEP
Utah over CSU
Memphis over BYU
Marshall over NIU
Navy over SDSU
OU over Clemson (Twitter 12/29)
Arkansas over Texas (Twitter 12/29)
TAMU over WVU (Twitter 12/29)
LSU over ND (Twitter 12/30)
Georgia over Louisville (Twitter 12/30)
Stanford over Maryland (Twitter 12/30)
Miss St over GT (Twitter 12/31)
TCU over Ole Miss (Twitter 12/31)
Arizona over Boise St (Twitter 12/31)

Kirk Herbstreit: (Twitter 12/26)
Arkansas over Texas
LSU over ND
UCF over NC St
Cinci over VT
Ariz St over Duke
Miami Fl over S.Carolina
Penn St over BC
USC over Nebraska

Brock Huard:
Alabama over Ohio St (championship drive 12/25)

Mel Kiper Jr.: (Dari & Mel 12/27)
Alabama over Ohio St 23-16
Oregon over FSU 33-31

Dari Nowkhah: (Dari & Mel 12/27)
Alabama over Ohio St 31-24
FSU over Oregon 20-16

Colin Cowherd: The herd 12/31
Ole miss over TCU
Mich st over Baylor
Arizona over Boise St

Desmond Howard: (Championship Drive 12/31)
Arizona over Boise St
Miss St over GT
TCU over Ole Miss

David Pollack: (Championship Drive 12/31)
Miss St over GT
Arizona over Boise St
TCU over Ole Miss

Kirk Hebrstreit: (Championship Drive 12/31)
GT over Miss St
Arizona over Boise St
Ole Miss over TCU

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2014 Regular season standings! #cfb #cfbplayoff #bowlmania

With the close of the 2014 regular season yesterday, as noted by the completion of the Army/Navy game, it is time to get geared up for bowl season.  I thought I would post a quick regular season standings post so we can all see where everyone stands for the year.  Bowl season can change everything, just like that professor you had that one semester who said the final exam counted for half of your grade.  With 38 bowl games coming up, that is like cramming 3 average weeks of picks for most of our pickers, so it can make or break a season for anyone bold enough to pick all 38 games and share them with their adoring public.  We will be posting GAMEDAY COLE’S BIG BOWL BOARD of any and all picks we find for anyone preparing your bowl pick’em entry and those of you who need to bag on Kirk Herbstreit some more (which judging by Twitter is a LOT of you).  Anyways, here’s the rankings.  More stuff will come out soon.

2014-15 Season Right-Wrong % Correct
Brett McMurphy 55-18 75.34%
Colin Cowherd 99-35 73.88%
David Pollack 62-22 73.81%
Lou Holtz 45-16 73.77%
Jason Sehorn 53-19 73.61%
Greg McElroy 69-25 73.40%
Phil Steele 164-63 72.25%
Robert Smith 44-18 70.97%
Jon Berger 49-21 70.00%
Tim Tebow 46-20 69.70%
Marcus Spears 46-20 69.70%
Danny Kanell 40-18 68.97%
Pat Forde 266-120 68.91%
Paul Finebaum 48-23 67.61%
Lee Corso 113-56 66.86%
Kevin Carter 64-33 65.98%
Desmond Howard 116-61 65.54%
Booger McFarland 43-23 65.15%
Mel Kiper Jr. 39-21 65.00%
Dari Nowhkah 40-23 63.49%
Chris Fallica 54-32 62.79%
Jennifer 109-65 62.64%
Todd McShay 23-14 62.16%
Celebrity Guests 92-59 60.93%
Kirk Herbstreit 101-66 60.48%
Trevor Matich 34-23 59.65%
Mark May 28-25 52.83%

Week 16 2014: Picks are graded, results are in (tiny edition) #cfb #cfbplayoff #armynavy

Our tiny, tiny week of football games brought us only a slight dusting of picks, but picks are picks in my book.

Winners this week were Lee Corso (3-0), Desmond Howard (3-0), and Jennifer taking this week’s championship showing her knowledge of obscure games going 4-0 this week.

Losers this week were Kirk Herbstreit, who continues to slide down the rankings this year, and special guest picker Roger Staubach, who both went 1-2 on the week.  Chris Fowler also took a one game loss picking Army over Navy.

That’s it.  We are prepping for the postseason and bowl mania, so there will be tons of new picks coming at you soon!

Lee Corso: 3-0
RIGHT NDSU over CCU
RIGHT UW-Whitewater over Linfield
RIGHT Navy over Army (headgear pick)

Kirk Herbstreit: 1-2
RIGHT NDSU over CCU
WRONG Linfield over UW-Whitewater
WRONG Army over Navy

Desmond Howard: 3-0
RIGHT NDSU over CCU
RIGHT UW-Whitewater over Linfield
RIGHT Navy over Army

Roger Staubach: 1-2
WRONG CCU over NDSU
WRONG Linfield over UW-Whitewater
RIGHT Navy over Army

Jennifer’s picks: 4-0
RIGHT NDSU over CCU
RIGHT UW-Whitewater over Linfield
RIGHT SHSU over Villanova
RIGHT Navy over Army

Chris Fowler: 0-1
WRONG Army over Navy