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Week 4 2015: Weekday college picks! #cfb

It is a Thursday night here in America, and that means it is time for Thursday night weekday picks (unless you’re reading this Friday).  We have some nice early week action this week from our favorite gamblers Phil Steele, Chris Fallica and Stanford Steve Coughlin.  We will be back tomorrow with “WINNERS” from Mr. Scott Van Pelt along with even more from Phil Steele on The Edge, so check back Friday for the latest and greatest picks and predictions.

Charles Arbuckle:
Oregon over Utah

Jon Berger:
Texas over Oklahoma St
WVU over Maryland
TCU over TTU

Kevin Carter:
UNC over Delaware

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

Colin Cowherd:
TCU over TTU
TAMU over Arkansas
Texas over Okla St
Miss St over Auburn
Arizona over UCLA
Oregon over Utah
USC over Ariz St

Heather Dinich:
Utah over Oregon
TTU over TCU

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

Brad Edwards:
Ohio St over W.Michigan

Chris Fallica:
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
Notre Dame over UMass 38-17
UMass+29 vs Notre Dame
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

Paul Finebaum:
Tennessee over Florida
TAMU over Arkansas
TCU over TTU

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

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

Lou Holtz:
GaTech over Duke
Tennessee over Florida
Texas over Okla St

Kirk Herbstreit:
LSU over Syracuse

Jennifer’s Picks:
Boise St over UVA

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

Greg McElroy:
S.Carolina over UCF
Mizzou over Kentucky

Booger McFarland:
Tennessee over Florida 21-17
Ole Miss over Vanderbilt (A LOT TO A LITTLE)
TAMU over Arkansas 35-24
Miss St over Auburn 31-17
Mizzou over Kentucky 24-21

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

Robert Smith:
Miss St over Auburn
UCLA over Arizona
USC over Ariz St
Oregon over Utah
Washington over Cal

Phil Steele:
TCU over TTU 49-40
TCU vs TTU over 80.5
Michigan over BYU 23-20
BYU+5.5 vs Michigan
UCLA over Arizona 35-27
UCLA-3.5 vs Arizona
USC over Ariz St 34-24
USC-5.5 vs Ariz St
S.Miss+22 vs Nebraska
LSU over Syracuse
Ohio St over W.Michigan
Oregon over Utah 40-27
Oregon-11.5 over Utah
GaTech over Duke
Tennessee vs Florida under 48

Clint Stoerner:
Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
Mizzou over Kentucky

Scott Van Pelt:
ECU+10 vs VaTech
TTU+6.5 vs TCU
Texas+3 vs Okla St
UVA+2.5 vs Boise St
Kent St+6.5 vs Marshall

Andre Ware:
Ohio St over W.Michigan

Week 3 2015: College picks are graded, results are in! #cfb

Week 3 was a fantastic week of college football with some big games,big names, big upsets, and big letdowns.

There were some trendy picks this week which didn’t work out which stood out to me in particular.  Everyone and their mother had Georgia Tech beating Notre Dame and covering that 2.5 point spread pretty easily.  I feel like we hear this same story every year when a big name gets matched up with Georgia Tech about how hard it is to prepare for the triple option.  While Georgia Tech is a really solid program, and the really do occasionally take down a bigger name with the triple option, I just can’t count how many times we have been warned about the triple option and then let down by the Yellow Jackets.  Our panel of expert pickers and prognosticators were 12 to 6 in favor of Georgia Tech, which was pretty heavy for a 2.5 pt spread, so let’s all point and laugh at them.

Big winners this week included Kirk Herbstreit (10-3), Chris Fallica (12-3), Phil Steele (14-5), and Greg McElroy (5-1).  However this week’s undisputed winner was none other than @GamedayJen, who dropped a 14-2 week on us with some serious knowledge.  She called UCLA to beat BYU, but BYU to also cover.  Her upset special was Ole Miss over Alabama.  She knows her stuff so give her a follow for some serious knowledge.

Losers this week included Dari Nowkhah at 4-5, who made some bold predictions for this weekend and ended up taking it in the shorts pretty hard on Twitter.  However, you won’t find a classier gentleman as he owned up to every bit of it and admits when he is wrong.  Other questionable performances came from Jason Sehorn (5-4), Mack Brown (2-2), Stanford Steve Coughlin (3-7), Brad Edwards (4-3), and Trevor Matich (4-5).  Normally we would give this week’s loss to Stanford Steve, but I just couldn’t resist giving this week’s official loss to Mark May, who went 2-2 on the week but looked incredibly smug when he made his picks.

Mark May: Pleased with himself

Mark May: Pleased with himself

Other notes include our celebrity guest picker Eric Church who went 6-5 on the week.  Coach Corso went a respectable 9-4 on the week, but missed out on that headgear pick going with Alabama.  Charley the Cat picked Ole Miss and takes back one week from Corso.  One curious note is that the College Gameday crew of Corso, Herbie, Desmond and Eric Church all picked Kentucky to beat Florida, while the SEC Nation crew unanimously picked Florida to beat Kentucky.  Weird.  Everyone else was somewhere in between, so check out the full slate of results below to see how your favorite (or most hated) personality did this week.

Lee Corso: 9-4
RIGHT Temple over UMass
RIGHT NDSU over North Dakota
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
RIGHT Miami Fl over Nebraska
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT Cal over Texas
RIGHT UNC over Illinois
RIGHT NW over Duke
RIGHT Penn St over Rutgers
WRONG Kentucky over Florida
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss (Headgear pick)

Kirk Herbstreit: 10-3
RIGHT Temple over UMass
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
RIGHT NDSU over North Dakota
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
WRONG Kentucky over Florida
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
RIGHT Miami Fl over Nebraska
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT Cal over Texas
RIGHT UNC over Illinois
RIGHT NW over Duke
RIGHT Penn St over Rutgers

Desmond Howard: 10-4
RIGHT Temple over UMass
RIGHT NDSU over North Dakota
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
WRONG Kentucky over Florida
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
RIGHT Miami Fl over Nebraska
RIGHT Cal over Texas
RIGHT UNC over Illinois
WRONG Duke over NW
RIGHT Penn St over Rutgers
RIGHT Stanford over USC
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss

Eric Church: 6-5
RIGHT UNC over Illinois
RIGHT NW over Duke
RIGHT Penn St over Rutgers
RIGHT Cal over Texas
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
WRONG Kentucky over Florida
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
WRONG Nebraska over Miami Fl
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss

David Pollack: 3-2
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
RIGHT Florida over Kentucky
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
WRONG Auburn over LSU

Jennifer’s Picks: 14-2
RIGHT Clemson over Louisville
RIGHT Temple over UMass
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
RIGHT TAMU over Nevada
RIGHT Miami Fl over Nebraska
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT Cal over Texas
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
RIGHT BYU+16.5 vs UCLA
RIGHT Florida over Kentucky
RIGHT UNC over Illinois
RIGHT NW over Duke
RIGHT Penn St over Rutgers
RIGHT Ole Miss over Alabama (upset special)

Chris Fallica: 12-3
RIGHT Notre Dame+2.5 vs GaTech
RIGHT Notre Dame over GaTech 27-24
RIGHT Stanford+10 vs USC
WRONG USC over Stanford 20-17
RIGHT Ole Miss over Alabama 24-17
RIGHT Ole Miss+7 vs Alabama (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT LSU over Auburn 31-17
RIGHT LSU-7.5 vs Auburn
RIGHT UCLA over BYU 41-17
WRONG UCLA-16.5 vs BYU (Bear’s Bank)
WRONG Purdue+6.5 vs VaTech (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT VaTech over Purdue 24-23
RIGHT Louisville over Clemson 31-23
RIGHT Louisville+6.5 vs Clemson
RIGHT Colorado over CSU

Mel Kiper Jr.: 2-0
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
RIGHT LSU over Auburn

Booger McFarland: 6-2
WRONG Arkansas over TTU 35-31
RIGHT Florida over Kentucky 27-17
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina 42-13
RIGHT LSU over Auburn 24-17
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss 28-27
RIGHT Miss St over NW St
RIGHT Vanderbilt over Austin Peay
RIGHT Tennessee over W.Carolina

Dari Nowkhah: 4-5
WRONG Kentucky over Florida
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
WRONG GaTech-3.5 vs Notre Dame
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT Cal over Texas
RIGHT Illinois over UNC

Jason Sehorn: 5-4
RIGHT Ohio St over NIU
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT LSU over Alabama
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
RIGHT Miami Fl over Nebraska
WRONG Kentucky over Florida
RIGHT Cal over Texas

Phil Steele: 14-5
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss 28-17
WRONG Illinois+9.5 vs UNC
RIGHT UCLA over BYU 38-20
WRONG USC over Stanford 32-14
RIGHT Florida over Kentucky (by 3)
RIGHT Notre Dame over GaTech 31-27
RIGHT LSU over Auburn 31-21
RIGHT Clemson over Louisville
RIGHT Cal over Texas
RIGHT Ohio St over NIU 52-10
RIGHT Okla St over UTSA 44-10
RIGHT Mich St over AF 41-21
RIGHT Oregon over Georgia St 52-17
RIGHT Cinci over Miami OH 44-16 (best bet)
WRONG BGSU over Memphis 43-42
RIGHT Mizzou over UConn 27-10
RIGHT Colorado over CSU 32-24
WRONG FAU over Buffalo 37-33
RIGHT Miami Fl over Nebraska 31-20 (best bet)

Tim Tebow: 3-1
RIGHT Florida over Kentucky
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT LSU over Auburn

Marcus Spears: 3-1
RIGHT Florida over Kentucky
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT LSU over Auburn

Greg McElroy: 5-1
RIGHT Florida over Kentucky
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT Mizzou over UConn
RIGHT Miss St over NW St
RIGHT LSU over Auburn

Paul Finebaum: 4-2
RIGHT Florida over Kentucky
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
RIGHT TAMU over Nevada
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT LSU over Auburn

Brett McMurphy: 0-1
WRONG Fresno St+14 vs Utah

Mark May: 2-2
RIGHT Notre Dame over GaTech
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
WRONG USC over Stanford
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss

Mack Brown: 2-2
RIGHT Notre Dame over GaTech
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
WRONG USC over Stanford
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss

Cole’s Exclusive Insider Top 25 Picks: 16-4
RIGHT 1 Ohio St over NIU
WRONG 2 Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT 3 TCU over SMU
RIGHT 4 Mich St over AF
WRONG 6 USC over Stanford
RIGHT 7 Georgia over S.Carolina
RIGHT 8 Notre Dame over GaTech
RIGHT 9 FSU over Boston College
RIGHT 10 UCLA over 19 BYU
RIGHT 11 Clemson over Louisville
RIGHT 12 Oregon over Georgia St
RIGHT 16 OU over Tulsa
RIGHT 17 TAMU over Nevada
WRONG 18 Auburn over 13 LSU
RIGHT 20 Arizona over N.Arizona
RIGHT 21 Utah over Fresno St
WRONG UConn over 22 Mizzou
RIGHT 23 NW over Duke
RIGHT 24 Wisconsin over Troy
RIGHT 25 Okla St over UTSA

Charles Arbuckle: 2-0
RIGHT Oregon over Georgia St
RIGHT Cal over Texas

Jon Berger: 0-2
WRONG Texas over Cal
WRONG Arkansas over TTU

Mike Bellotti: 0-1
RIGHT UCLA over BYU

Kevin Carter: 2-0
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
RIGHT UNC over Illinois

Stanford Steve Coughlin: 3-7
RIGHT Notre Dame+2.5 vs GaTech
RIGHT Notre Dame over GaTech 19-17
WRONG USC over Stanford 38-14
WRONG USC-10 vs Stanford
WRONG Alabama-6.5 vs Ole Miss
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss 24-17
WRONG Auburn over LSU 21-17
RIGHT BYU+16.5 vs UCLA
WRONG Arkansas over TTU 38-21
WRONG Arkansas-10.5 vs TTU

Colin Cowherd: 5-3
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT Cal over Texas
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame (close)
RIGHT LSU over Auburn (by a touchdown)
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
RIGHT Miami Fl over Nebraska 30-27

Heather Dinich: 0-1
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss

Brad Edwards: 4-3
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT Ohio St over NIU
WRONG Ohio St-34 vs NIU
RIGHT Okla St-25.5 vs UTSA
RIGHT Okla St over UTSA
WRONG Cal-5 vs Texas
RIGHT Cal over Texas

Pat Forde: 20-7
RIGHT FSU over BC
RIGHT Duke over NW
WRONG Nebraska over Miami Fl
RIGHT Mizzou over UConn
RIGHT OU over Tulsa
RIGHT Okla St over UTSA
RIGHT Iowa over Pitt
RIGHT Mich St over AF
RIGHT Ohio St over NIU
RIGHT Penn St over Rutgers
RIGHT Wisconsin over Troy
RIGHT Arizona over NAU
RIGHT Oregon over Georgia St
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
RIGHT Georgia over S.Carolina
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
WRONG Arkansas over TTU
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
RIGHT TAMU over Nevada
RIGHT TCU over SMU
WRONG CSU over Colorado
RIGHT Utah over Fresno St
RIGHT Navy over ECU
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
RIGHT Rice over UNT
WRONG FAU over Buffalo

Joey Galloway: 5-3
RIGHT Ohio St over NIU
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT UCLA over BYU
WRONG UCLA-16.5 vs BYU
RIGHT Notre Dame over GaTech
RIGHT Clemson over Louisville
WRONG BC over FSU
RIGHT Ole Miss over Alabama

Danny Kanell: 4-1
RIGHT Ole Miss over Alabama
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
RIGHT Ohio St over NIU
RIGHT Clemson over Louisville
RIGHT FSU over BC

Trevor Matich: 4-5
WRONG GaTech over Notre Dame
RIGHT Clemson over Louisville
RIGHT Georgia over South Carolina
WRONG BYU over UCLA
WRONG USC-9 vs Stanford
WRONG GT-2 vs ND
RIGHT LSU-7 vs Auburn
WRONG USC over Stanford
RIGHT LSU over Auburn

Ryan McGee: 0-1
WRONG Bama over Ole Miss

Matt Stinchomb: 0-1
WRONG Kentucky over Florida

Clint Stoerner: 1-1
WRONG Alabama over Ole Miss
RIGHT Mizzou over UConn

Scott Van Pelt: 3-2
RIGHT UMass+10.5 vs Temple
WRONG Purdue+6.5 vs VaTech
WRONG SJSU+7.5 vs Oregon St
RIGHT Stanford+10 vs USC
RIGHT Notre Dame+2.5 vs GaTech

Andre Ware: 1-0
RIGHT Ohio St over NIU

Week 3 2015: College Gameday review! #cfb

After a hiatus last week due to some extracurricular activities last Saturday, the Officially Unofficial College Gameday Review is back for week 3!  Today’s College Gameday was broadcasting to your television live in color from Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the big matchup between Alabama and Ole Miss.

Let’s dive right into this week’s sign game.  The SEC has historically been a strong conference for Gameday signage, and today was no letdown.  Highlights this week include “WE WANT JACKSONVILLE STATE”, “Chad Kelly shaves his arms”, and “Make sure you’re on the potty before you go hotty toddy”.  My favorites this week were the following:

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Lulz


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I’m not really sure why


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This guy has it going on


Send this man Bitcoin!

Send this man Bitcoin!

The Sam Ponder outfit of the week was a unique one for sure.  She said she was already reconsidering her choice about fifteen minutes into the show today because a fan yelled out “NICE SCRUBS SAM!”  Jennifer said its a good color on her, but not her favorite.

Sam Ponder: Week 3

Sam Ponder: Week 3

George Whitfield was back this week to break down some QBs for us.  The only takeaways I had from this were his dedication to wearing tiny rosettes on his suits, and not understanding why every one of these segments is now done while walking the Gameday site.  I guess they just want you to know how casual they are during this segment.  NOTICE THE CASUALNESS!

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Kirk, David and Desmond in particular engaged in a somewhat controversial discussion about Florida head coach Jim McElwain’s sideline behavior last week with Kelvin Taylor.  While all agreed that it was excessive, David was the the reasonable voice saying that he was yelled at plenty during his career and didn’t think it was deserving of suspension or discipline.  Desmond Howard was highly criticized on the internets for seemingly trying to work up a situation where both himself and ESPN can take a strong moral stand against this type of behavior.  I may have not played a down of football past the 8th grade, but I find it hard to believe that Desmond never took a tongue lashing from a coach.  While most of the heat was targeted at Desmond in particular, I have a bone to pick with Kirk Herbstreit over his comments on the topic.  During his own lecture, he said that coaches like Bear Bryant, Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes would never have gone as far as Jim McElwain did last week.  I’m no expert on Woody Hayes (or any other subject for that matter), but I would think if you are trying to contrast Jim McElwain with a legendary level-headed coach, you might not choose one that ended his own career by punching a student athlete during a game.

.There was a segment highlighting the quick rise of BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum.  This is a 22 year old true freshman who was the MVP of the Elite 11 QB camp (over one Jameis Winston), but went on his Mormon Mission spending two years away from his family, friends, and game of football before returning to pull out two miracles this year at the end of games.  Will he make it three in a row?  We certainly hope so.

Tom Rinaldi did a Tom Rinaldi piece on former Nebraska running back and current Kern Valley State Prison inmate Lawrence Phillips.  I know Rinaldi loves putting together stories to touch your heart, whether it is a tragic fall from grace or a story of overcoming adversity.  I felt this one fell a little flat, considering it was pretty much the story of a truly great athlete who had a hobbies including domestic violence, assault, vandalism, and most recently being charged with murder while incarcerated.  Normally Rinaldi’s stories of falls from grace have a redeeming quality at the end, but I wasn’t feeling it for this one.  Sorry Tom.

On the other hand, we had a more inspiring story of Laquon Treadwell’s return after disaster last season.  You may remember him as the Ole Miss wide receiver who seemingly scored the winning touchdown in a showdown between #3 Ole Miss and #4 Auburn last season.  Upon further review, it couldn’t have been farther from the truth.  It was ruled he fumbled at the 1-yard-line while being taken down into the endzone, while simultaneously dislocating his ankle and breaking his leg, which also brought an end to a magical Ole Miss undefeated season.  He is back after a tough rehab regimen.  Check out the full piece here.

Our new favorite segment on Gameday is called #YOUHADONEJOB and it features Sam Ponder and David Pollack playing the most ridiculous clips from the football week along with said hashtag.  Really funny stuff, so just watch the video here.

Nick Saban visited the set for an interview at the Gameday desk.  He talked about generic coaching things in vague terms, so the highlight was his response to which coach he would want to team up with during a tag team brawl.  He said Urban Meyer due to his success in coaching, but Kirk said Charlie Strong would be his leading contender.  Anyways…

When it came time to get down to business and start picking some games, this week’s “Bear’s Bank” picks were Purdue+6.5, UCLA-16.5 and Ole Miss+7.  Go call your bookie and then come back to finish this.  This week’s special celebrity guest picker was country music bro Eric Church.  While I have no knowledge of his music or talent, he was one of the most well-informed guest pickers we’ve ever seen on Gameday.  He was dropping so much knowledge on the Gameday boys that Corso eventually had to quit explaining his picks and just give us the winner.  As they went into a no-huddle-offense to finish on time, Herbie broke down the game since he is calling it and can’t pick the game, while Desmond and Eric both took Alabama.  Corso asked if he could borrow Church’s acoustic guitar, which Church handed over, and he started “playing” Sweet Home Alabama before donning the Alabama headgear once again.  Charley the Cat took Ole Miss in an upset, so this is quite a showdown we will see between Coach Corso and our cat tonight.  Enjoy your day folks.

Corso picks the Tide!

Corso picks the Tide!


Charley picks Ole Miss!

Charley picks Ole Miss!