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Week 4 2015: Picks are graded; results are in! #cfb #cfbpicks

The slate of week 4 games did not seem like the best schedule going into this week, but Saturday delivered plenty of excitement, close games and upsets.  Lots of trendy picks again this week, with plenty of our experts jumping on the Tennessee, Auburn, and Arizona bandwagons.  We saw lots of tough results this week in the predictions game, but had a few standout performances from some of our competitors.

Big winners this week included Tim Tebow (4-0), Paul Finebaum (4-1), Greg McElroy (4-1), Brett McMurphy (3-0 ATS), newcomer Chris Doering (4-1), and Brad Edwards (6-0-1, 2-0-1 ATS).  Our official winner this week was Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, who put up a 13-3-1 record this week, including a BEEFY 6-2-1 record against the spread.  He is printing money this year, so collect it while you can!

Losers this week were many in number, and included Desmond Howard (4-7), David Pollack (4-5), Dari Nowkhah (1-3), and Phil Steele (11, 4-7 ATS) .  Our official losers of the week will be Stanford Steve Coughlin, who went 3-7 (2-3 ATS) and Dr. Lou Holtz, who went 0-3.  I have to stop and mention Joe Tessitore, because it is always funny when someone like Tessitore always stays neutral while piloting a show like SEC Nation.  However, he went out of his way to let you know that he felt so strongly about Auburn winning this week that you should make note of it.  Well, we did, and Auburn didn’t, so we are having a little fun with that.

Other notes of interest:  Lee Corso went 6-6 on the week, and 0-1 on his headgear pick Arizona.  This week’s special celebrity guest Bob Baffert went a respectable 6-4 on the week, and our first ever special celebrity horse American Pharoah went 1-0 on the week.  Charley the Cat also went 1-0 on the week going with UCLA, and Jennifer went 10-4 on the week.  One highlight of note was Heather Dinich predicting Oregon to go down to Utah; the only soul who had the guts to pick that one.  On a final note, Pat Forde put up what may be the worst pick of the year so far this week.  He picked Old Dominion to beat App State, and unfortunately they went on to lose 56-0.  Oh well, better luck next time.

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

Lee Corso: 6-6
RIGHT Rutgers over Kansas
WRONG Oregon over Utah
RIGHT USC over Ariz St
WRONG Tennessee over Florida
RIGHT Michigan over BYU
WRONG GaTech over Duke
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas (by 2)
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
WRONG Mizzou over Kentucky
WRONG Texas over Okla St
RIGHT TCU over TTU
WRONG Arizona over UCLA (headgear pick)

American Pharoah: 1-0
RIGHT UCLA over Arizona

Kirk Herbstreit: 6-6
RIGHT LSU over Syracuse
RIGHT Rutgers over Kansas
WRONG Auburn over Miss St
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
WRONG TTU over TCU
RIGHT Okla St over Texas
WRONG Oregon over Utah
WRONG Ariz St over USC
WRONG Tennessee over Florida
RIGHT Michigan over BYU
WRONG GaTech over Duke
RIGHT Kentucky over Mizzou

Desmond Howard: 4-7
WRONG Kansas over Rutgers
WRONG Auburn over Miss St
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
WRONG TTU over TCU
WRONG Texas over Okla St
WRONG Ariz St over USC
RIGHT Florida over Tennessee
RIGHT Michigan over BYU
WRONG GaTech over Duke
RIGHT Kentucky over Mizzou
WRONG Arizona over UCLA

Bob Baffert: 6-4
RIGHT Michigan over BYU
RIGHT Duke over GaTech
WRONG Tennessee over Florida
WRONG Arkansas over TAMU
WRONG Miss St over Auburn
RIGHT Kentucky over Mizzou
RIGHT Okla St over Texas
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT USC over Ariz St
WRONG Arizona over UCLA

David Pollack: 4-5
WRONG Tennessee over Florida
RIGHT USC over Ariz St
WRONG Oregon over Utah
WRONG Arizona over UCLA
WRONG St. John’s over St. Thomas
WRONG Auburn over Miss St
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT Okla St over Texas

Jennifer’s Picks: 10-4
RIGHT Boise St over UVA
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
WRONG Tennessee over Florida
RIGHT Michigan over BYU
WRONG GaTech over Duke
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
RIGHT Kentucky over Mizzou
RIGHT Okla St over Texas
RIGHT TCU over Texas Tech (close)
RIGHT TTU+6.5 vs TCU
WRONG Ariz St over USC (upset special)
WRONG Arizona over UCLA
RIGHT Notre Dame over UMass
RIGHT Ohio St over W.Michigan

Rece Davis: 1-0
RIGHT USC over Ariz St

Chris Fallica: 13-3-1 (6-2-1 ATS)
WRONG Texas over Okla St
PUSH Texas+3 vs Okla St (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
RIGHT TCU over TTU 41-35
RIGHT TTU+7.5 vs TCU
WRONG Oregon over Utah 30-24
RIGHT Utah+14 vs Oregon
RIGHT Alabama over UL-Monroe 38-14
RIGHT UL-Monroe+38 vs Alabama (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT Notre Dame over UMass 38-17
WRONG UMass+29 vs Notre Dame (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT Marshall over Kent St 24-17
RIGHT Kent St+9 vs Marshall
RIGHT LaTech over FIU 34-24
RIGHT FIU+14.5 vs LaTech
RIGHT USC over Ariz St 31-21
RIGHT USC-5.5 vs Ariz St

Dari Nowkhah: 1-3
WRONG TTU over TCU
WRONG BYU over Michigan
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
WRONG Texas over Okla St

Trevor Matich: 5-4 (2-1 ATS)
RIGHT Florida over Tennessee
RIGHT USC over Ariz St
WRONG Oregon over Utah
WRONG Arizona over UCLA
WRONG St. John’s over St. Thomas
RIGHT Florida+1.5 vs Tennessee
WRONG UMass+28 vs Notre Dame
RIGHT TAMU-6.5 vs Arkansas
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas

Tim Tebow: 4-0
RIGHT Kentucky over Missouri
RIGHT Miss St over AUburn
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
RIGHT Florida over Tennessee

Marcus Spears: 3-1
RIGHT Kentucky over Missouri
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
WRONG Tennessee over Florida

Paul Finebaum: 4-1
WRONG Tennessee over Florida
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT Kentucky over Missouri
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn

Greg McElroy: 4-1
RIGHT S.Carolina over UCF
RIGHT Kentucky over Missouri
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
WRONG Tennessee over Florida

Joe Tessitore: 0-1
WRONG Auburn over Miss St

Mack Brown: 2-0
RIGHT Ohio St over W.Michigan
RIGHT UCLA over Arizona

Mark May: 1-0
UCLA over Arizona

Brett McMurphy: 3-0 ATS
RIGHT Houston-16.5 vs Tx St
RIGHT SJSU-4 vs Fresno St
RIGHT TTU+5.5 vs TCU

Charles Arbuckle: 0-1
WRONG Oregon over Utah

Jon Berger: 2-1
WRONG Texas over Oklahoma St
RIGHT WVU over Maryland
RIGHT TCU over TTU

Kevin Carter: 1-0
RIGHT UNC over Delaware

Stanford Steve Coughlin: 3-7 (2-3 ATS)
RIGHT TCU vs TTU Over 80.5
RIGHT TCU over TTU 48-40
WRONG Oregon over Utah 31-23
RIGHT Utah+14 vs Oregon
WRONG UVA over Boise St 13-12
WRONG UVA+3.5 vs Boise St
WRONG Auburn over Miss St 31-24
WRONG Auburn-2 vs Miss St
WRONG Tennessee over Florida 24-21
WRONG Tennessee-2 vs Florida

Colin Cowherd: 4-3
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
WRONG Texas over Okla St
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
WRONG Arizona over UCLA
WRONG Oregon over Utah
RIGHT USC over Ariz St

Heather Dinich: 1-1
RIGHT Utah over Oregon
WRONG TTU over TCU

Chris Doering: 4-1
WRONG Florida over Tennessee 20-17
RIGHT Ole Miss over Vanderbilt 23-9
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas 38-23
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn 31-27
RIGHT Kentucky over Mizzou 24-13

Brad Edwards: 6-0-1 (2-0-1 ATS)
RIGHT Ohio St over W.Michigan
RIGHT Miss St+2.5 vs Auburn
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
RIGHT Kentucky-2.5 vs Mizzou
RIGHT Kent over Mizzou
PUSH Okla St-3 over Texas
RIGHT Okla St over Texas

Pat Forde: 22-7
RIGHT Boise St over UVA
RIGHT Stanford over Oregon St
WRONG GaTech over Duke
RIGHT LSU over Syracuse
RIGHT WVU over Maryland
RIGHT Michigan over BYU
RIGHT Mich St over C.Michigan
RIGHT NW over Ball St
RIGHT Ohio St over W.Michigan
RIGHT BGSU over Purdue
RIGHT Wisconsin over Hawaii
RIGHT UCLA over Arizona
RIGHT USC over Ariz St
WRONG Oregon over Utah
WRONG Washington over Cal
RIGHT Florida over Tennessee
RIGHT Georgia over Southern
WRONG Mizzou over Kentucky
RIGHT Alabama over UL-Monroe
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
RIGHT Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
RIGHT Baylor over Rice
WRONG Texas over Okla St
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT UNM over Wyoming
WRONG VaTech over ECU
RIGHT Notre Dame over UMass
WRONG Old Dominion over App St

Joey Galloway: 4-4
RIGHT Ohio St over W.Michigan
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
WRONG Cinci over Memphis
WRONG BYU over Michigan
WRONG Arizona over UCLA
RIGHT TCU over TTU
WRONG Tennessee over Florida
RIGHT Boise St over UVA

Lou Holtz: 0-3
WRONG GaTech over Duke
WRONG Tennessee over Florida
WRONG Texas over Okla St

Danny Kanell: 4-3
WRONG TTU over TCU
RIGHT Ohio St over W.Michigan
RIGHT Memphis over Cinci
WRONG BYU over Michigan
RIGHT UCLA over Arizona
RIGHT Florida over Tennessee
WRONG UVA over Boise St

Booger McFarland: 5-2
WRONG Tennessee over Florida 21-17
RIGHT Ole Miss over Vanderbilt (A LOT TO A LITTLE)
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas 35-24
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn 31-17
WRONG Mizzou over Kentucky 24-21
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT USC over Ariz St

Jason Sehorn: 10-5
RIGHT Ohio St over W.Michigan
RIGHT UCLA over Arizona
WRONG Arizona St over USC
WRONG Oregon over Utah
RIGHT TCU over TTU
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
RIGHT Michigan over BYU
WRONG GaTech over Duke
WRONG Texas over Okla St
RIGHT TAMU over Arkansas
RIGHT Stanford over Oregon St
RIGHT LSU over Syracuse
WRONG Mizzou over Kentucky
RIGHT Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
RIGHT Cal over Washington

Robert Smith: 3-3
RIGHT Miss St over Auburn
RIGHT UCLA over Arizona
RIGHT USC over Ariz St
WRONG Oregon over Utah
WRONG Washington over Cal
WRONG TTU over TCU 52-45

Phil Steele: 11-11 (4-7 ATS)
RIGHT TCU over TTU 49-40
RIGHT TCU vs TTU over 80.5
RIGHT Michigan over BYU 23-20
WRONG BYU+5.5 vs Michigan
RIGHT UCLA over Arizona 35-27
RIGHT UCLA-3.5 vs Arizona
RIGHT USC over Ariz St 34-24
RIGHT USC-5.5 vs Ariz St
RIGHT S.Miss+22 vs Nebraska
RIGHT LSU over Syracuse
RIGHT Ohio St over W.Michigan 48-10
WRONG Ohio St-31 vs W.Michigan
WRONG Oregon over Utah 40-27
WRONG Oregon-11.5 over Utah
WRONG GaTech over Duke
WRONG Tennessee vs Florida under 48
WRONG Mizzou over Kentucky 20-17
WRONG Mizzou+3 vs Kentucky
WRONG Auburn over Miss St 31-24
WRONG Auburn-2 vs Miss St
WRONG UMass+29 vs Notre Dame
RIGHT Notre Dame over UMass (by 21)

Clint Stoerner: 1-1
RIGHT Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
WRONG Mizzou over Kentucky

Scott Van Pelt: 2-2-1 ATS
RIGHT ECU+10 vs VaTech
RIGHT TTU+6.5 vs TCU
PUSH Texas+3 vs Okla St
WRONG UVA+2.5 vs Boise St
WRONG Kent St+6.5 vs Marshall

Andre Ware: 1-0
RIGHT Ohio St over W.Michigan

Cole’s Top 25 Picks: 15-4
RIGHT 1 Ohio St over W.Michigan
RIGHT 2 Michigan St over C.Michigan
RIGHT 3 TCU over TTU
RIGHT 3 Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
RIGHT 5 Baylor over Rice
RIGHT 6 Notre Dame over UMass
RIGHT 7 Georgia over Southern
RIGHT 8 LSU over Syracuse
RIGHT 9 UCLA over 16 Arizona
RIGHT 12 Alabama over UL-Monroe
WRONG 13 Oregon over Utah
RIGHT 14 TAMU over Arkansas
RIGHT 17 NW over Ball St
RIGHT 19 USC over Ariz St
WRONG 20 GaTech over Duke
RIGHT 21 Stanford over Oregon St
RIGHT 22 Wisconsin over Hawaii
WRONG 22 BYU over Michigan
WRONG Texas over 24 Okla St

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Week 4 2015: College Gameday review! #cfb

Welcome to the way-too-late Week 4 edition of the College Gameday review.  This week’s edition of College Gameday was broadcasting to your television set live in color from Tuscon, Arizona for the big matchup between Arizona and UCLA.  Whenever Gameday is on the west coast for a Pac-12 game, it is always an early start at the show location, and this brings out the best (or worst) of the fans on most occasions.  Maybe it is because only the crazies would get up that early to go claim a spot for Gameday, or maybe it is because they can basically go straight from the bar to the Gameday site, but comedy is always present for the 6AM local start.

Before the show even started this morning, there was urgent business which almost postponed the entire show.  The Washington State flag, which has appeared at 166 consecutive College Gameday shows dating back to 2003, was lost in transit sometime late Thursday or early Friday.  The show was almost cancelled by producer Lee Fitting as you can see below:

Let’s dive right into the sign game this week.  Strong contenders this week included “I LIKE SPORTS” and “I’m still drunk”.  I was surprised at the lack of Lane Kiffin signs after the rumor mill started buzzing this week, but perhaps they were just confiscated before being allowed to enter the Gameday site.  There was a massive amount of signs picking at the alleged minutiae of everyday life for our student athletes and their coaches.  Lots of Jim Mora tributes including “Jim Mora waters his lawn” and “Jim Mora is gluten free”.  However, the target of more signs than anyone else was UCLA QB Josh Rosen.  “Josh Rosen hangs out with his RA”, “Josh Rosen wears socks to bed”, and “Josh Rosen doesn’t even fast on Yom Kippur” were among the many featured.  However this week’s co-signs of the week are a little bit edgier that we usually see on Gameday.

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Courtesy Reddit user striking_gently

Courtesy Reddit user striking_gently

For some unknown reason, there was a point early in the show where the crew was discussing the Rutgers/Kansas game.  I only point this out because none of the Gameday hosts knew who the head coach of Kansas was except Rece Davis.  Poor Clint Bowen.

The Sam Ponder outfit of the week was a hit in our household this week.  Jennifer gave it big props, so let us know what you think.

Tom Rinaldi presented us this week’s touching piece about teams surprising some of their walk-ons with scholarships in different ways.  This was pretty much a recycled segment from last season on the same subject, but I would be perfectly fine if they did one of these segments every year.  Those of you who may have read my reviews before know I love to bag on Tom Rinaldi for sensationalizing certain pieces (see last week’s Lawrence Phillips piece) but seeing walk-ons get scholarships certainly gives me the warm fuzzies.

Speaking of Tom Rinaldi, he and Gene W. did a quick piece on football players and their use of the ice bath.  I point this out because not only did we get both of them shirtless, they went into an ice bath and then Tom Rinaldi disappeared as the crowd around him jumped in.  We may never see him again judging by the full video.

Today we got to revisit the inspiring story of USC deep snapper Jake Olsen.  In case you’re new to the show, he had been featured in Gameday as a 12 year old USC fan who was going to lose his eyes to cancer.  He had appeared as a special guest picker posting a 6-4 record picking with Corso and the boys.  He had appeared as the only blind high school deep snapper I’ve ever heard of.  And today he appeared as the newest addition to the USC roster as a deep snapper.  He hasn’t gotten play time yet, but it is a pretty darn cool story with how much he has accomplished.  He is playing major college football without the sense of sight.  I am laying on a couch eating ice cream while blogging.  It is pretty much the same thing I guess.

Gameday did a feature on LSU running back and Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette.  You probably remember his most famous moment when he performed a Heisman pose while squeaking out a win against Sam Houston State last year 56-0.

Go Bearkats

Go Bearkats

This piece on him from today featured his story of surviving Hurricane Katrina and a tough upbringing in New Orleans.  The most shocking moment was when he casually told us about football practice one day as a youngster in New Orleans.  “That spot over there with the swings, that’s where one of the coaches got shot in the head at.”  All I could think is:

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Still a great segment, so check it out here.

As the show started to wind down, it was once again time for everyone’s favorite segment, #YOUHADONEJOB!!!!  Just watch the video because words do not do it justice.

When it came time to get down to the business of picking games, this week’s special guest celebrity initially left me scratching my head.  He is famous(?) Arizona alumnus Bob Baffert.  I didn’t know who that was until Jennifer told me he was the trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.  He arrived on a private jet, so he must be doing well in life.  He seemed to have little idea of what is going on in football, and mostly picked games based on a friend or relative who went to a school.  To nobody’s surprise he picked Arizona to win today.  David Pollack had gone with Arizona earlier in the show, and Desmond Howard agreed.  When it came time for Coach Corso to make his pick, he cut to a shot of American Pharoah picking the game and taking UCLA.  To my knowledge that is the first time a horse has picked games on Gameday, but I will follow up on that research later.  Animals must stick together because Charley the Cat went with UCLA as well, while Jennifer and Coach Corso both took Arizona in today’s featured game.  This was the first time Corso has ever picked Arizona as his headgear selection, so this is quite a historical day.

Enjoy your night and have a happy football!

Corso picks Arizona!

Corso picks Arizona! Courtesy @CollegeGameday

Week 4 2015: Saturday morning college picks! #cfb #cfbpicks

Good morning to all college football fans and degenerate gamblers.  Its great to have you join us here as Saturday morning college picks come in.  We have a handful already, and we will be updating all morning and into the afternoon as more picks and predictions come in.  Check back later for a full slate of College Gameday picks, SEC Nation, and whoever else shows up as the games get started!

Lee Corso:
Rutgers over Kansas
Oregon over Utah
USC over Ariz St
Tennessee over Florida
Michigan over BYU
GaTech over Duke
TAMU over Arkansas (by 2)
Miss St over Auburn
Mizzou over Kentucky
Texas over Okla St
TCU over TTU
Arizona over UCLA

American Pharoah:
UCLA over Arizona

Kirk Herbstreit:
LSU over Syracuse
Rutgers over Kansas
Auburn over Miss St
TAMU over Arkansas
TTU over TCU
Okla St over Texas
Oregon over Utah
Ariz St over USC
Tennessee over Florida
Michigan over BYU
GaTech over Duke
Kentucky over Mizzou

Desmond Howard:
Kansas over Rutgers
Auburn over Miss St
TAMU over Arkansas (by 17)
TTU over TCU
Texas over Okla St
Ariz St over USC
Florida over Tennessee
Michigan over BYU
GaTech over Duke
Kentucky over Mizzou
Arizona over UCLA

Bob Baffert:
Michigan over BYU
Duke over GaTech
Tennessee over Florida
Arkansas over TAMU
Miss St over Auburn
Kentucky over Mizzou
Okla St over Texas
TCU over TTU
USC over Ariz St
Arizona over UCLA

David Pollack:
Tennessee over Florida
USC over Ariz St
Oregon over Utah
Arizona over UCLA
St. John’s over St. Thomas
Auburn over Miss St
TAMU over Arkansas
TCU over TTU
Okla St over Texas

Jennifer’s Picks:
Boise St over UVA
TAMU over Arkansas
Tennessee over Florida
Michigan over BYU
GaTech over Duke
Miss St over Auburn
Kentucky over Mizzou
Okla St over Texas
TCU over Texas (close)
Ariz St over USC (upset special)
Arizona over UCLA

Rece Davis:
USC over Ariz St

Chris Fallica:
Texas over Okla St
Texas+3 vs Okla St (Bear’s Bank)
Miss St over Auburn
TCU over TTU 41-35
TTU+7.5 vs TCU
Oregon over Utah 30-24
Utah+14 vs Oregon
Alabama over UL-Monroe 38-14
UL-Monroe+38 vs Alabama (Bear’s Bank)
Notre Dame over UMass 38-17
UMass+29 vs Notre Dame (Bear’s Bank)
Marshall over Kent St 24-17
Kent St+9 vs Marshall
LaTech over FIU 34-24
FIU+14.5 vs LaTech
USC over Ariz St 31-21
USC-5.5 vs Ariz St

Dari Nowkhah:
TTU over TCU
BYU over Michigan
Miss St over Auburn
Texas over Okla St

Trevor Matich:
Florida over Tennessee
USC over Ariz St
Oregon over Utah
Arizona over UCLA
St. John’s over St. Thomas

Tim Tebow:
Kentucky over Missouri
Miss St over AUburn
TAMU over Arkansas
Florida over Tennessee

Marcus Spears:
Kentucky over Missouri
Miss St over Auburn
TAMU over Arkansas
Tennessee over Florida

Paul Finebaum:
Tennessee over Florida
TAMU over Arkansas
TCU over TTU
Kentucky over Missouri
Miss St over Auburn

Greg McElroy:
S.Carolina over UCF
Kentucky over Missouri
Miss St over Auburn
TAMU over Arkansas
Tennessee over Florida

Joe Tessitore:
Auburn over Miss St

Cole’s Top 25 Picks:
1 Ohio St over W.Michigan
2 Michigan St over C.Michigan
3 TCU over TTU
3 Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
5 Baylor over Rice
6 Notre Dame over UMass
7 Georgia over Southern
8 LSU over Syracuse
9 UCLA over 16 Arizona
12 Alabama over UL-Monroe
13 Oregon over Utah
14 TAMU over Arkansas
17 NW over Ball St
19 USC over Ariz St
20 GaTech over Duke
21 Stanford over Oregon St
22 Wisconsin over Hawaii
22 BYU over Michigan
Texas over 24 Okla St