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Week 10 2013: Picks are graded, results are in!

Week 10 will be known as “redemption Saturday” this year after two really tough weeks of picking games for our experts.  Wins were all over the place this week and it will be about a fifteen way split for the official weekly winner (official in the sense that it means absolutely nothing).  Jason Sehorn claims this week’s loss at 6-4.  Colin Cowherd came in at 8-2, Robert Smith went 6-1, Mark May went 3-0, Herbie went 6-2, Desmond Howard went 5-1, Pollack went 3-0, Dari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. both went 5-0, but we have the real winners to come.

Todd McShay went 3-1 but missed his upset special of Florida over Georgia.  Other upset specialists include Mark Schlabach and Brad Edwards.  Schlabach got his upset special right, nailing Oklahoma St over TTU, even though Oklahoma St was a slight favorite according to the experts out west.  Brad Edwards continues to fail at calling upsets, missing Michigan over Michigan State.  Others picking Michigan include noted Michigan homers Desmond Howard and Brian Griese.  Paul Finebaum continued to let us know that he can pick SEC games blind but can’t pick any other conferences to save his life.  Coach Corso nailed his headgear pick of FSU over Miami.  Billy the Cat also went with FSU over Miami.

Now for the real winners.  This week’s special guest celebrity was ruggedly handsome man and occasional musician Jake Owen.  Owen somehow navigated his way through the entire pick segment without including any true football analysis, and ended up going 8-0 to the bewilderment of anyone who runs a blog about college football picks.  Jennifer went 10-1, missing her upset special of TTU over Oklahoma St.  Coach Corso also went 8-0 this week including his headgear pick and his upset special of BC over VaTech.  So its a three way tie for winners this week.  Check out the full slate below to see how your favorite (or most hated) personality did this week.

Colin Cowherd: 8-2
RIGHT Ohio St over Purdue
RIGHT Wisconsin over Iowa
RIGHT S.Carolina over Miss St
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Notre Dame over Navy
RIGHT Mizzou over Tennessee
WRONG TTU over Okla St
RIGHT UCLA over Colorado
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl
WRONG Oregon St over USC

Mike Bellotti: 2-0
RIGHT Fsu over Miami Fl
RIGHT Ohio st over Purdue

Tom luginbill: 1-0
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas

Brad Edwards: 2-1
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl
RIGHT Ohio St over Purdue
WRONG Michigan over Mich St (upset special)

Mark Schlabach: 1-0
RIGHT Okla St over TTU (upset special)

Trevor Matich: 2-0
RIGHT Ohio St over Purdue
RIGHT Fsu over Miami fl

Paul Finebaum: 1-1
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
WRONG TTU over okla st

Kevin carter: 1-0
RIGHT Fsu over Miami

Ivan Maisel: 1-1
RIGHT Notre Dame over Navy
RIGHT Oregon St over USC

Ryen Russillo: 2-0
RIGHT GaTech over Pitt
RIGHT Georgia over Florida

Robert Smith: 6-1
WRONG Oreg st over USC
RIGHT Fsu over Miami fl
RIGHT Mizzou over Tennessee
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
RIGHT Okla st over TTU
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas

Jason Sehorn: 6-4
WRONG Oreg st over USC
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas
WRONG NW over Nebraska
RIGHT Fresno st over Nevada
RIGHT Mizzou over Tennessee
RIGHT Ohio st over Purdue
WRONG Michigan over Mich St
WRONG TTU over Okla St
RIGHT Fsu over Miami Fl

Brian Griese: 2-1
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
WRONG Michigan over Mich St
RIGHT Fsu over Miami fl

Mark May: 3-0
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Fsu over Miami Fl

Lou Holtz: 2-1
WRONG Michigan over Mich St
RIGHT Okla St over TTU
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl

Woody Paige: 1-0
RIGHT Fsu over Miami Fl

Tim cowlishaw: 1-0
RIGHT Fsu over Miami Fl

Lee Corso: 8-0
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT BC over VaTech (upset special)
RIGHT Wisconsin over Iowa
RIGHT Nebraska over NW
RIGHT Okla St over TTU
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl (headgear pick)

Kirk Herbstreit: 6-2
RIGHT Mizzou over Tennessee
WRONG TTU over Okla St
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
WRONG Wake Forest over Syracuse (upset special)
RIGHT Wisconsin over Iowa
RIGHT Nebraska over NW
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas

Desmond Howard: 5-1
RIGHT Mizzou over Tennessee
RIGHT Okla St over TTU
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
WRONG Michigan over Mich St
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl
RIGHT S.Carolina over Miss St

Jake Owen: 8-0
RIGHT Minnesota over Indiana (upset special)
RIGHT Wisconsin over Iowa
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Nebraska over NW
RIGHT Okla St over TTU
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl

Chris Fowler: 1-0
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl

David Pollack: 3-0
RIGHT Okla St over TTU
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl

Chris Fallica: 1-0
RIGHT Okla St over TTU

Jennifer’s Picks: 10-1
RIGHT Mizzou over Tennessee
RIGHT Clemson over UVA
WRONG TTU over Okla St (upset special)
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT S.Carolina over Miss St
RIGHT Wisconsin over Iowa
RIGHT Nebraska over NW
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl
RIGHT Texas over Kansas

Todd McShay: 3-1
RIGHT FSU over Miami FL
RIGHT Okla St over TTU
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
WRONG Florida over Georgia (Upset special)

Dari Nowkhah: 5-0
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Okla St over TTU
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas
RIGHT Georgia over Florida

Mel Kiper Jr.: 5-0
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Okla St over TTU
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas
RIGHT Georgia over Florida

Pat Forde: 18-6
WRONG Oreg St over USC
RIGHT FSU over Miami Fl
RIGHT UNC over NC St
RIGHT Clemson over UVA
WRONG VaTech over BC
RIGHT Mizzou over Tennessee
RIGHT Nebraska over NW
WRONG Indiana over Minnesota
RIGHT Wisconsin over Iowa
RIGHT Mich St over Michigan
RIGHT Penn St over Illinois
RIGHT Ohio St over Purdue
WRONG UNLV over SJSU
WRONG Kent St over Akron
RIGHT UCLA over Colorado
RIGHT Georgia over Florida
RIGHT S.Carolina over Miss St
RIGHT Auburn over Arkansas
RIGHT TAMU over UTEP
WRONG TCU over WVU
RIGHT Okla St oveR TTU
RIGHT Boise St over CSU
RIGHT Fresno St over Nevada
RIGHT NIU over UMass

Week 10 2013: College Gameday review!

Can you even believe that this is WEEK 10 of college football?  I feel like it was just yesterday that we were kicking off this year wondering CAN VIRGINIA TECH KNOCK OFF ALABAMA IN WEEK ONE?  Apparently Alabama held them off.  Anyways, today’s edition of College Gameday was broadcasting live in color to your television set from Tallahassee, Florida for the big matchup between Florida State and Miami.  Surely I’m in a time machine saying Miami @ Florida State is the biggest game of the year.

This week’s edition opened up with Chris Fowler, Desmond, Herbie and Coach Corso getting us pumped up.  Then due to what appeared to be technical difficulties, we did not get the opening Big & Rich music video.  Due to this fact, I cannot confirm whether or not they are comin to your citay.  Nor can I confirm a little zing in your zang zang, nor any bang in your yin yang and so on.

Early on in the show, we got some GREAT highlights of Lee Corso’s time playing  QB and cornerback at Florida State circa 1955.  I love watching old timey football.  Maybe that is because I think I probably could have played big time football in 1955.  Either way, it is always fun to watch the Lee Corso playing highlight reel.

Sam Ponder joined the show again today.  I believe her role has been reduced and firmly set into interviewing a coach live on set each week.  I much preferred last year’s Gameday itinerary where we had Sam Ponder hosting the opening hour with Pollack and Desmond Howard, before handing it off to the A team.  This week she interviewed Jimbo Fisher, and generic coach interview was generic.  Speaking of Samantha Ponder, she had what was determined to be the best outfit of the year on today.  Jennifer said she loved the necklace/chain thing, that Sam had great hair, that the leather pants were a nice touch and the heels were enjoyable.

Sam Ponder, Week 10

Sam Ponder, Week 10

Speaking of Jennifer, I would like to officially announce the launching of “GAMEDAY JEN” on Twitter.  You should probably follow her @gamedayjen for all of the expert picks, hot sports opinions and sports fashion advice you could want.

While on the topic of sports fashion, what is the deal with QB guru George Whitfield?  I’m not going to break down his segment this week, because if you saw his segment a month or two ago, it was the same segment (just substitute Jameis Winston for the name of the week).  What I’m wondering about is his fashion choices.  He is not an overly large man, but his clothes appear to be tiny on him.  His jacket button looked like it was barely holding on by a thread and that the button could shoot off into Chris Fowler’s eye while making an old timey gunshot-ricochet sound at any moment.  Also, isn’t it against the rules to wear a pocket square if you are going sans tie with your top three or four buttons unbuttoned on your shirt?  I mean, what’s the deal with that?  I don’t claim to be a fashion guru (although my sweatpants might disagree), but come on George.

The signs were EVERYWHERE at today’s Gameday, but I was thoroughly disappointed.  Quantity does not equal quality.  The only real highlights were “The real Miami is in Ohio”, and “I’m drunker than Sunshine Scooter”.  This week’s winner is courtesy of Reddit user DeuxBoy.

Week 10: Sign of the Week

Week 10: Sign of the Week

Now that we have that out of the way, I would like to discuss a new regular feature of Gameday this year.  What is the deal with the six man highchair roundtable discussion segment each week?  I’m talking about the segment where they get Fowler, Herbie, Corso, Desmond, Pollack and Paul Finebaum all in tall director’s chairs to sit awkwardly and talk over each other for ten minutes.  They try to debate things, but it just turns into a blurry mess of Desmond Howard telling us about a great receiver, David Pollack making a separate point about some Georgia’s defense, Herbie letting us know that Ohio State doesn’t have the resume to move up in the rankings, and Paul Finebaum telling us that the ACC or Big 12 is worthless compared to the SEC.  It is like watching six separate conversations happening at the same time, and it is quite frustrating.  Also, I really feel like Paul Finebaum and Desmond Howard don’t like each other.

During this segment, Chris Fowler offered up the hundred dollar question of the week:  Other than NDSU, what other two FCS teams are undefeated?  Obviously it is Fordham and Coastal Carolina.  WATCH OUT FORDHAM AND COASTAL CAROLINA, SAM HOUSTON STATE IS COMING FOR YOU!

This week saw the return of the “Tom Rinaldi Beatnik Poetry Piece of the Week brought to you by Tom Rinaldi”.  This week’s piece was entitled “November”.  T.S. Elliot once said that April is the cruelest month.  Tom Rinaldi has decided November is the cruelest month.  Upsets happen and dreams are shattered.  Incredibly deep stuff.

Tom Rinaldi performing live

Tom Rinaldi performing live

Rinaldi also had a piece on Jameis Winston from FSU.  He seems like a genuinely likable kid who likes to have fun.  He is a pitcher for FSU as well.  He likes to motivate his teammates whether or not he is involved in the action.  His best line was “If you can play, then you can lead”.  Good stuff.

Gene W. had a piece on Fresno St QB Derek Carr (brother of Houston first round bust David Carr).  He was highly recruited coming out of highschool, and then fell into a rough crowd.  He liked to do hoodrat stuff with his friends.  Then his girlfriend (now wife) wrote him a letter stating that he was not the man she once knew, and he turned his life around.  He had a little baby named Dallas, and the baby had some serious intestinal problems requiring three surgeries in the first month.  The baby is now recovered, and regularly attends Fresno St games in tiny Derek Carr jerseys.  Pretty good little piece of work by Gene W.

Bald Man on Campus returned with SVP and Duke Johnson from Miami.  It was overly casual and they talked about his mom requesting nothing more than a win over FSU over Florida this year.  I feel like there have been a lot of pieces this year about Player X being raised by his mother alone, and their relationship as the kid becomes a football star.  Good stuff, either way.

When it came time to make the picks, Coach Corso looked like he had gotten a chill.  He suddenly had on a heavy overcoat and a scarf as they made their picks.  Today’s guest picker was country music sensation and incredibly handsome man Jake Owen.  He had very little sports perspective to contribute to this segment, and mostly picked based on wherever one of his roadies went to school or some sound engineer he partied with one time.  He has FSU ties, so it was no shock that he picked FSU.  I thought for sure Coach Corso was going to give us a NOT-SO-FAST and pick a HUGE upset of Miami over FSU.  I thought this because he never disappeared to become Chief Corso of the Seminole Nation like he usually does.  However, he ripped off the heavy coat and scarf to reveal that he was wearing his 1954 FSU jersey and put on a helmet (sans facemask) to let us know where his heart lies.  Billy the cat also picked FSU, so the two remain tied whoever wins tonight.  Enjoy your evening folks!

Corso picks FSU!

Corso picks FSU!

Billy the Cat picks FSU!

Billy the Cat picks FSU!

Week 4 2013: College Gameday review!

Today is a rare occasion in the history of College Gameday.  It is the day that they go off the beaten path and venture out from the realm of the FBS schedule and broadcast from an FCS location.  Today’s edition came to you live from Fargo, North Dakota for the big matchup between the two-time defending FCS champions North Dakota State Bison (pronounced BI-ZON and DON’T FORGET IT) and the Delaware State Hornets.  You might be saying “BUT COLE!  WHO CARES ABOUT THE FCS?” and I say me for one.  You might be saying “BUT COLE!  WHY NORTH DAKOTA STATE?” and the answer is that this may be the most rabid college football fan base in all of college football.  This is not an exaggeration and it is hard to explain unless you’ve seen it in person.  This NDSU team went into Manhattan, Kansas and beat KState, and this “cupcake” game for KState drew the 2nd largest crowd in KState history.  Having attended the FCS championship between the great Sam Houston State Bearkats and North Dakota State in Frisco, Tx, the Bison crowd outnumbered Texans no less than 3 to 1 IN TEXAS with a TEAM FROM TEXAS playing in the championship.  They travel like none other, and if you saw Gameday this morning, you realize that  surely most of the town of Fargo was at this broadcast of Gameday.

This crowd today had it all going on.  The massive crowd was loud, rowdy, possibly drunk, and had some very quality signage.  We had several strong contenders for sign of the day, including “I’m White”, “We’re not all married to our cousins”, and the Beef Cake sign below (which in my opinion is STRONG to QUITE STRONG).

Strong signage in Fargo

Strong signage in Fargo

However, this week’s sign of the week is undisputed, offensive, and the guy holding it is INCREDIBLY proud of himself for getting it on TV.  We present it below without comment for your review.

Week 4 Sign of the Week!

Week 4 Sign of the Week!

Speaking of Sam Ponder, here she is from today.  Jennifer enjoyed her outfit today.  Great jacket, pants, and shoes.  Jennifer expected the return of the boots from last season, but those haven’t made an appearance yet.

Sam Ponder: Week 4

Sam Ponder: Week 4

There was a lot of talk about NDSU’s program today.  I had tweeted at Brad Edwards for his famous “Ask Brad” segment this very question, but never got an answer: Where would NDSU stack up against the FBS programs if they were ranked?  Well he is a jerk-face and didn’t answer my question, but luckily we got our answer today.  NDSU would be power-ranked 55 in the FBS, and would be a 32.5 point dog against Alabama according to those experts out in the desert.  NDSU os 7-3 against FBS teams since 2007 and has beaten an FSB opponent for four years straight.  Coach Craig Bohl did an interview with Sam Ponder and it seems like he really his act together.  It is something special how confidently he and his players carry themselves against any and all competition.  They seem to fear nobody and expect to play with anyone on any given day.

As the day rolled on, we once again did NOT see the return of David Pollack Using the Internet.  This is highly disappointing, so please write angry letters to Gameday letting them know that we want more of David Pollack Using the Internet.  The Chris Fowler $100 Question for today was “Who was the opponent when Arkansas played a game in the Northeast the most recently?” and the answer was Fordham.  The $100 went unclaimed again.  Gene W. had a quick piece which was a montage about great FCS players who went on to great NFL careers including Tony Romo and Terrell Owns and Jerry Rice and others.  He said you can have the FBS players; he’ll take the FCS any day.  Even an FCS fan like me would probably still take the FBS players Gene.

Tom Rinaldi did a segment traveling around Fargo to cover NDSU more in depth.  There were three highlights.  The first was the fact that Coach Bohl goes to EVERY high school in North Dakota that has a football program to recruit players whether or not the program is one of any significance or not.  The second was Tom Rinaldi running around with a bunch of Bison.  The third was that Coach Bohl does a kickass Lou Holtz impression.

We also unfortunately saw the return of “GENERIC QB TALK WITH QB GURU GEORGE WHITFIELD”.  He talked about NDSU QB Brock Jensen and said he is good.  Whitfield also wanted to remind you of how great his paying clients like Braxton Miller and Johnny Manziel are.  I’ll say it again; this segment needs to go away.

Today’s edition also had a pair of Tim Tebow memorial emotional segments.  Gene W. had a piece on UCLA freshman WR Nick Pasquale who died two weeks ago after being hit by a car while walking home.  Apparently he was a scrappy young guy who had offers to play football at smaller shcools, but instead chose to walk on at UCLA.  Against Nevada, his teammates campaigned for him to get into the game for a single play, which was the highlight of his career.  His life was ended a week later.  Coach Jim Mora Jr. had his parents speak before the Nebraska game about playing how Nick would have wanted them to play, and it inspired them to a tremendous comeback win over Nebraska.  The most touching part was learning that his ashes will partially be scattered on the Rose Bowl field where he saw his only college play.

We got a Tom Rinaldi emotional piece about Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater and his mom.  His mom was diagnosed with breast cancer while he was a star QB in highschool.  Teddy offered to quit football forever, get a job, and support his mom while she underwent treatment.  She wouldn’t let him, and after enduring treatment she is in remission and is now attending his games.  She always thought he had a gift for football and didn’t want him to give up his gift for her.

The strangest moment of the year so far was experienced today when Chris Fowler busted out this little guy below.  It is apparently the trophy awarded to the winner of the D3 Concordia/St. Olaf game.  Bizarre.

The Troll trophy

The Troll trophy

Other highlights from today’s show include Lee Corso repeatedly criticizing Bo Pelini for “bitching” about his fanbase.  He repeated the word “bitching” several times, and was warned that he is still on probation by the other guys from his famous SMU incident several years ago.  We also saw the return of TODD MCSHAY LOOKIN’ AT THE TAPE!!!  He looked at tape of FCS players and reminded us that some of these guys are good, including his #2 overall FCS prospect Tim Flanders from Sam Houston State.  There was also a piece of Tom Rinaldi beatnik poetry about North Dakota entitled “Lonely”.  He discussed the significance of the cosmic vastness of the open land in North Dakota, and included the incredibly deep line “We are dust….”.  I feel like he probably just stays up the night before Gameday smoking pot while writing stream-of-consciousness poetry about the location.

Tom Rinaldi performing live

Tom Rinaldi performing live

Anyways, let’s get down to the business at hand.  Today’s guest picker was former NDSU DB Tom Hansen.  He came on and made some good picks and kept the energy of the segment going much better than Mark Harmon.  No surprise; he went with NDSU over Delaware State.  For the record, Billy the Cat also took NDSU too.

Billy picks the Bison!

Billy picks the Bison!

Who would coach Corso pick?  It was never in doubt.  NDSU is a big favorite in today’s game, and Corso wasn’t even on set when the pick was made.  He came busting out of a local theater with the Bison head on pulling a live baby bison along his side.  Jennifer called this one ahead of time saying he would show up with a baby bison, and I think Corso made the right choice.  The Bison fans are not to be tested, and they would have run him out of town with pitchforks if he picked Delaware State.  Enjoy your day!

 

Corso picks the Bison!

Corso picks the Bison!