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2017-18 Season final standings & champion!

Welcome back everyone.  We have been hard at work grading picks and running numbers to come up with the 2017-18 college football season final standings here at GamedayCole.com.  As always, things are subjective when our selection committee makes its final decisions.  We take into account strength of schedule, body of work, the eye test, computer rankings, and various generic metrics when deciding which of our reporters, analysts, pundits and talking heads takes the championship.  Below you will find the full ranking of everyone from this season for your review.

Amongst all of the competitors below, I generally only include those who picked at least 100 games in the running for our championship.  Sorry to those of you who picked less games, but next year maybe try a little harder to get your hot sports takes out there on every game.  I also take into account that some of the competitors below aren’t picking a broad selection of games each week.  I’d like to congratulate Andrea Adelson, who is consistently one of our top competitors, on an outstanding season at 90-30 on the year (75% right).  She is on top of all competitors with at least 100 picks.  However, her weekly picks only involve the ACC conference, so I cannot in good conscience crown her this year’s champion.  I have heard rumblings she may be claiming this championship, and may be planning a parade through her neighborhood, and if so then I will not oppose it.

However, it is with great pleasure (or maybe great pain for a lot of you reading this) that I am proud to announce Kirk Herbstreit as our 2017-18 college football picking champion at 117-49 (70.48% right).  I’m sure this will drive all of you haters crazy, because Kirk probably hates your school the most, but the man put up a great record picking the biggest games of the week each week.  I would also like to recognize Stanford Steve Coughlin for winning our top gambler of the year for picking 54.82% against the spread this year.  He consistently ranks amongst the best when it comes to gambling, so next year make sure to pay attention if you need to pad your wallet.

With all of this now complete, we are going into hibernation for now.  We may be back with some opinion pieces in the offseason, or we may not.  Just make sure you are back next August because we vow to be here rain, sleet or snow to track the best, the worst, the most loved, and most hated personalities when it comes to picking college football games.  Thanks for reading this year.

Straight up Straight up % ATS ATS %
Brett McMurphy 2-0 100.00% 1-2-2 40.00%
Matt Stinchcomb 12-1 92.31%
Dave Wannstedt 12-2 85.71%
Trevor Matich 6-1 85.71%
Dusty Dvoracek 34-6 85.00% 30-26-1 53.51%
Rece Davis 34-6 85.00%
Gene Chizik 40-13 80.00%
Mel Kiper Jr. 4-1 80.00%
Ryen Russillo 8-2 80.00% 21-19-2 52.38%
Robert Smith 10-3 76.92%
Matt Leinart 16-5 76.19%
Andrea Adelson 90-30 75.00%
Jordan Rodgers 12-4 75.00%
Chris Doering 67-23 74.44%
Les Miles 35-13 72.92%
Tim Tebow 59-23 71.95%
Marcus Spears 62-25 71.26%
Kirk Herbstreit 117-49 70.48% 4-13-0 23.53%
Phil Steele 166-70 70.34% 136-160-7 46.04%
David Pollack 47-20 70.15%
Celebrity Guests 99-46 68.28%
Jennifer’s Picks 148-71 67.58%
Paul Finebaum 55-28 66.27%
Jesse Palmer 60-31 65.93%
Lee Corso 118-63 65.19% 11-7-0 61.11%
Stanford Steve Coughlin 58-31 65.17% 61-50-3 54.82%
Chris Fallica 93-52 64.14% 83-83-6 50.00%
Bruce Feldman 128-72 64.00%
Desmond Howard 121-70 63.35% 9-8-0 52.94%
Pat Forde 62-37 62.63%
Colin Cowherd 20-12 62.50% 4-3-1 56.25%
Greg McElroy 35-22 61.40%
Mack Brown 6-4 60.00%
Joey Galloway 53-36 59.55%
Booger McFarland 16-11 59.26%
Mark Schlabach 34-24 58.62%
Dari Nowkhah 17-14 54.84%  13-12  52.00%
Joel Klatt 35-36 49.30%
Danny Kanell 28-34 45.16% 12-10-0 54.55%
Scott Van Pelt 56-47-2 54.29%
Rufus Peabody 29-27-1 51.75%
Season totals 2019-991 67.08% 457-455-25 50.11%
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Week 1 2017: #CFB Picks are graded; results are in!

Week 1 picks have been graded and the results are in.  The week 1 slate of games did not disappoint, especially the Sunday and Monday night games.  Let’s get right into winners and losers.

Winners this week were many in number, and included Desmond Howard (11-4 straight up, 3-2 ATS), Andrea Adelson (11-3), Stanford Steve (4-1 straight up, 3-1-1 ATS), Dusty Dvoracek (3-1 straight up, 3-1 ATS), Chris Fallica (8-2 straight up, 9-5 ATS), Bruce Feldman (10-3), and Marcus Spears (6-1).  However, this week’s undisputed winner was @GamedayJen, who declared war on the ESPN analysts after finishing 2nd place in last year’s rankings.  She showed up big in week 1 going 15-2 picking winners, so congratulations to @GamedayJen for the week 1 win!

Losers this week were in short supply with Booger McFarland posting a 5-4 record as our worst straight-up record of any note.  However, this week’s official loss is being credited by our scorekeeper to your boy Scott Van Pelt, who struggled this weekend going 0-4-1 ATS.

Coach Corso went 9-6 straight up and 3-2 ATS, and nailed TWO headgear picks to open the season in week 1.  Our special guest celebrity Sam Hunt set the bar pretty high for the season going 7-1.  Les Miles started out his game picking career with a nice 5-1 record, and since he is leaving ESPN after one week I have no idea if this also marks his retirement from predictions.

Everyone else is somewhere in between so check out the full slate of results below to find out how your favorite (or most hated) personality did this week!

Lee Corso: 9-6 straight up, 3-2 ATS
RIGHT Alabama over FSU (HEADGEAR PICK)
RIGHT UCLA over TAMU
RIGHT VT over WVU
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
WRONG Wyoming over Iowa
WRONG NC St over S.Carolina
WRONG BYU over LSU
WRONG S.Miss over Kentucky (SUPERDOG PICK!)
WRONG Florida over Michigan
RIGHT USC over W.Michigan
RIGHT Ohio St over Indiana (HEADGEAR PICK)
RIGHT Wisconsin over Utah St
RIGHT Washington over Rutgers
RIGHT Navy over FAU
WRONG Ariz St over NM St
RIGHT Wisconsin-27.5 vs Utah St
WRONG Washginton-27.5 vs Rutgers
RIGHT Navy-10 vs FAU
WRONG Arizona St-23.5 vs NM St
RIGHT S.Miss+10.5 vs Kentucky (SUPERDOG PICK!)

Kirk Herbstreit: 9-2 straight up, 1-4 ATS
RIGHT UCLA over TAMU
RIGHT VT over WVU
RIGHT Iowa over Wyoming
WRONG NC St over S.Carolina
RIGHT LSU over BYU
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
RIGHT Georgia over App St
RIGHT Wisconsin over Utah St
RIGHT Washington over Rutgers
WRONG Arizona St over NM St
RIGHT Ohio St over Indiana
WRONG Utah St+27.5 vs Wisconsin
WRONG Washginton-27.5 vs Rutgers
WRONG FAU+10 vs Navy
WRONG Arizona St-23.5 vs NM St
RIGHT Cal+12.5 vs UNC (SUPERDOG PICK!)

Desmond Howard: 11-4, 3-2 ATS
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
RIGHT VT over WVU
WRONG GT over Tennessee
WRONG Wyoming over Iowa
WRONG NC St over S.Carolina
RIGHT LSU over BYU
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
RIGHT NW over Nevada
RIGHT UCLA over TAMU
RIGHT Georgia over App St
RIGHT Wisconsin over Utah St
RIGHT Washington over Rutgers
RIGHT Navy over FAU
WRONG Arizona St over NM St
RIGHT Ohio St over Indiana
RIGHT Nevada+24.5 vs NW (SUPERDOG PICK!)
RIGHT Wisconsin-27.5 vs Utah St
WRONG Washginton-27.5 vs Rutgers
RIGHT Navy-10 vs FAU
WRONG Arizona St-23.5 vs NM St

Sam Hunt: 7-1
RIGHT UCLA over TAMU
WRONG WVU over VT
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
RIGHT Iowa over Wyoming
RIGHT S.Carolina over NC St
RIGHT LSU over BYU
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
RIGHT Alabama over FSU

Jennifer’s Picks: 15-2
RIGHT UCLA over TAMU
RIGHT VT over WVU
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
RIGHT Iowa over Wyoming
WRONG NC St over S.Carolina
RIGHT LSU over BYU
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
RIGHT Georgia over App St
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
RIGHT USC over W.Michigan
RIGHT Clemson over Kent St
RIGHT Boise St over Troy
RIGHT Wisconsin over Utah St
RIGHT Washington over Rutgers
RIGHT Navy over FAU
WRONG Ariz St over NM St
RIGHT Ohio St over Indiana

David Pollack: 4-2
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
WRONG Florida over Michigan
RIGHT Georgia over App St
RIGHT Washington over Rutgers
RIGHT Wisconsin over Utah St
WRONG EWU over TTU

Andrea Adelson: 11-3
WRONG FSU over Alabama
WRONG NC St over S.Carolina
RIGHT VT over WVU
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
RIGHT Wake Forest over Presbyterian
RIGHT Syracuse over C.Connecticut
RIGHT BC over NIU
RIGHT Clemson over Kent St
WRONG UNC over Cal
RIGHT Pitt over Youngstown St
RIGHT Duke over NC Central
RIGHT Louisville over Purdue
RIGHT UVA over W&M
RIGHT Miami FL over Bethune-Cookman

Mack Brown: 0-1
WRONG FSU over Alabama

Gene Chizik: 4-0
RIGHT LSU over BYU
RIGHT Auburn over Georgia Southern
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
RIGHT Kentucky over S.Miss

Stanford Steve Coughlin: 4-1 straight up, 3-1-1 ATS
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
RIGHT BC over NIU
2-1 straight up on ESPN Insider
RIGHT Alabama-7 vs FSU
WRONG Florida+3.5 vs Michigan
RIGHT USC vs W.Michigan over 57.5
TIE BC-3 vs NIU
RIGHT Texas vs Maryland over 56
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
RIGHT USC over W.Michigan
WRONG Texas over Maryland

Colin Cowherd: 2-1 straight up, 1-2 ATS
RIGHT Illinois over Ball St
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
WRONG Illinois-6 vs Ball St
RIGHT W.Michigan+27 vs USC
WRONG Tennessee-3 vs GT

Rece Davis: 1-0 straight up, 1-0 ATS
RIGHT Youngstown St+15 vs Pitt (SUPERDOG PICK!)
RIGHT Michigan over Florida

Chris Doering: 3-3
WRONG NC St over S.Carolina
WRONG Florida over Michigan
RIGHT LSU over BYU
WRONG FSU over Alabama
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
RIGHT Arkansas over FAMU

Dusty Dvoracek: 3-1 straight up, 3-1 ATS
RIGHT OU over UTEP
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
WRONG Texas over Maryland
RIGHT Washington over Rutgers
RIGHT OU-43 vs UTEP
RIGHT Michigan-5 vs Florida
WRONG Texas-19 vs Maryland
WRONG Washington-27 vs Rutgers

Chris Fallica: 8-2 straight up, 9-5 ATS, 0-1 ML
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
RIGHT Okla St over Tulsa
RIGHT Memphis over UL-Monroe
RIGHT Georgia over App St
RIGHT Iowa over Wyoming
RIGHT Vanderbilt over MTSU
WRONG Troy+10 vs Boise St (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT Iowa-12 vs Wyoming (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT Cal+12.5 vs UNC (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT Alabama-7 vs FSU
RIGHT Michigan-3.5 vs Florida
WRONG Tulsa+18 vs Okla St
WRONG Memphis-26 vs UL-Monroe
RIGHT Troy+11.5 vs Boise St
WRONG App St+14.5 vs Georgia
RIGHT Cal+11 vs UNC
RIGHT Iowa-11.5 vs Wyoming
RIGHT Ball St+7 vs Illinois
RIGHT Vanderbilt-3 vs MTSU
WRONG Indiana+20 vs Ohio St
WRONG Troy ML vs Boise St
WRONG UNC over Cal
WRONG Troy over Boise St
RIGHT Illinois over Ball St

Bruce Feldman: 10-3
WRONG WVU over VT
RIGHT Ohio St over Indiana
RIGHT Colorado over CSU
WRONG Texas over Maryland
RIGHT Iowa over Wyoming
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
RIGHT S.Carolina over NC St
RIGHT ND over Temple
RIGHT Georgia over App St
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
RIGHT LSU over BYU
WRONG TAMU over UCLA
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
WRONG WVU+4.5 vs VT

Paul Finebaum: 4-2
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
WRONG TAMU over UCLA
RIGHT S.Carolina over NC St
RIGHT LSU over BYU
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
WRONG Florida over Michigan

Pat Forde: 1-0 straight up, 1-0 ATS
RIGHT Ohio St over Indiana
RIGHT Ohio St-21 vs Indiana

Mel Kiper Jr.: 2-0
RIGHT Kentucky over S.Miss
RIGHT Tennessee over GT

Joel Klatt: 3-1
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
WRONG WVU over VT
RIGHT Tennessee over GT

Matt Leinart: 0-1
WRONG TAMU over UCLA

Greg McElroy: 3-0
RIGHT Tennesee over GT
RIGHT Ole Miss over S.Alabama
RIGHT Auburn over Georgia So

Booger McFarland: 5-4
WRONG FSU over Alabama
RIGHT Michigan over Florida
WRONG WVU over VT
WRONG TAMU over UCLA
RIGHT Vanderbilt over MTSU
WRONG NC St over S.Carolina
RIGHT Miss St over Charleston Southern
RIGHT Ole Miss over S.Alabama
RIGHT Kentucky over S.Miss

Les Miles: 5-1
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
WRONG TAMU over UCLA
RIGHT S.Carolina over NC St
RIGHT LSU over BYU
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
RIGHT Michigan over Florida

Brett McMurphy: 2-0 Straight up, 1-2-2 ATS
RIGHT Iowa over Wyoming
RIGHT Auburn over Georgia So
TIE Troy+11 vs Boise St
RIGHT Iowa-11.5 vs Wyoming
WRONG Florida+5.5 vs Michigan
TIE Auburn-34 vs Georgia So
WRONG FSU+7 vs Alabama

Dari Nowkhah: 1-3
RIGHT Alabama over FSU (Dari 7 Mel 8/19)
WRONG NC St over S.Carolina
WRONG S.Miss over Kentucky
WRONG GT over Tennessee

Jordan Rodgers: 3-1
RIGHT LSU over BYU
RIGHT Arkansas over FAMU
RIGHT Georgia over App St
WRONG FSU over Alabama

Mark Schlabach: 3-1
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
RIGHT Navy over FAU
RIGHT Ohio St over Indiana
WRONG Florida over Michigan

Robert Smith: 0-1
WRONG TAMU over UCLA

Marcus Spears: 6-1
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
RIGHT UCLA over TAMU
RIGHT S.Carolina over NC St
RIGHT LSU over BYU
WRONG Florida over Michigan
RIGHT Vanderbilt over MTSU

Phil Steele: 15-4 straight up, 3-11 ATS
RIGHT Tennessee over GT (by about a TD)
RIGHT Ohio St over Indiana (right on the number, by 21)
WRONG UNC over Cal (by a couple of TD)
RIGHT Boise St over Troy (by a TD)
WRONG Florida over Michigan
WRONG Texas over Maryland (by 3 TD or more)
RIGHT Kentucky over S.Miss
RIGHT BC over NIU (close win)
RIGHT UCLA over TAMU
RIGHT Okla St over Tulsa
RIGHT C.Michigan over Rhode Island
RIGHT USC over W.Michigan
RIGHT Clemson over Ken St (big)
RIGHT Alabama over FSU (by 3)
RIGHT VT over WVU
WRONG UMass over CCU
WRONG Tennessee-3 vs GT
WRONG UNC-12 vs Cal
WRONG App St+14 vs Georgia
RIGHT Troy+11.5 vs Boise St
WRONG FAU+10 vs Navy
WRONG Florida+4 vs Michigan
WRONG Texas-18 vs Maryland
WRONG FSU+7 vs Alabama
WRONG Kentucky-10 vs S.Miss
WRONG UMass-2.5 vs CCU
3-0 straight up, 2-2 ATS on ESPN Insider
RIGHT Navy over FAU
RIGHT Marshall over Miami OH
RIGHT NW over Nevada
WRONG Florida+3.5 vs Michigan
WRONG FAU+9.5 vs Navy
RIGHT Marshall-2.5 vs Miami OH
RIGHT Nevada+24 vs NW

Matt Stinchcomb: 4-0
RIGHT UCLA over TAMU
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
RIGHT Mizzou over Missouri St
RIGHT Miss St over Charleston Southern

Tim Tebow: 4-2
RIGHT Tennessee over GT
WRONG TAMU over UCLA
RIGHT S.Carolina over NC St
RIGHT LSU over BYU
RIGHT Alabama over FSU
WRONG Florida over Michigan

Scott Van Pelt: 0-4-1 ATS
WRONG Wyoming+11.5 vs Iowa
TIE Troy+11 vs Boise St
WRONG FSU+7 vs Alabama
WRONG App St+14.5 vs Georgia
WRONG MTSU+3 vs Vanderbilt

Dave Wannstedt: 1-0
RIGHT UCLA over TAMU

Week 1 2017: Early week #CFB Picks!

The week has already started with some hot picks from Phil Steele, Chris Fallica & Stanford Steve (for those of you who indulge in a wager), but here’s the weekday megapost of all kind of random picks for your viewing pleasure.  Check back because we will be updating tonight and tomorrow as we head into Saturday morning’s slate of picks!

Lee Corso:
Ohio St over Indiana (headgear pick)
Wisconsin over Utah St
Washington over Rutgers
Navy over FAU
Ariz St over NM St
Wisconsin-27.5 vs Utah St
Washginton-27.5 vs Rutgers
Navy-10 vs FAU
Arizona St-23.5 vs NM St

Kirk Herbstreit:
Wisconsin over Utah St
Washington over Rutgers
Arizona St over NM St
Ohio St over Indiana
Utah St+27.5 vs Wisconsin
Washginton-27.5 vs Rutgers
FAU+10 vs Navy
Arizona St-23.5 vs NM St

Desmond Howard:
Wisconsin over Utah St
Washington over Rutgers
Navy over FAU
Arizona St over NM St
Ohio St over Indiana
Wisconsin-27.5 vs Utah St
Washginton-27.5 vs Rutgers
Navy-10 vs FAU
Arizona St-23.5 vs NM St

Jennifer’s Picks:
Wisconsin over Utah St
Washington over Rutgers
Navy over FAU
Ariz St over NM St
Ohio St over Indiana

Andrea Adelson:
FSU over Alabama
NC St over S.Carolina
VT over WVU
Tennessee over GT
Wake Forest over Presbyterian
Syracuse over C.Connecticut
BC over NIU
Clemson over Kent St
UNC over Cal
Pitt over Youngstown St
Duke over NC Central
Louisville over Purdue
UVA over W&M
Miami FL over Bethune-Cookman

Gene Chizik:
LSU over BYU
Auburn over Georgia Southern
Michigan over Florida
Kentucky over S.Miss

Chris Doering:
Arkansas over FAMU

Dusty Dvoracek:
OU over UTEP
Michigan over Florida
Texas over Maryland
Washington over Rutgers
OU-43 vs UTEP
Michigan-5 vs Florida
Texas-19 vs Maryland
Washington-27 vs Rutgers

Bruce Feldman:
WVU over VT
Ohio St over Indiana
Colorado over CSU
Texas over Maryland
Iowa over Wyoming
Michigan over Florida
S.Carolina over NC St
ND over Temple
Georgia over App St
Alabama over FSU
LSU over BYU
TAMU over UCLA
Tennessee over GT
WVU+4.5 vs VT

Pat Forde:
Ohio St over Indiana
Ohio St-21 vs Indiana

Joel Klatt:
Alabama over FSU
Michigan over Florida
WVU over VT
Tennessee over GT

Greg McElroy:
Tennesee over GT
Ole Miss over S.Alabama
Auburn over Georgia So

Booger McFarland:
Florida over Michigan (Finebaum 8/14)
Vanderbilt over MTSU
UCLA over TAMU
NC St over S.Carolina
Miss St over Charleston Southern
Ole Miss over S.Alabama
Kentucky over S.Miss

Brett McMurphy:
Iowa over Wyoming
Auburn over Georgia So
Troy+11 vs Boise St
Iowa-11.5 vs Wyoming
Florida+5.5 vs Michigan
Auburn-34 vs Georgia So
FSU+7 vs Alabama

Dari Nowkhah:
Alabama over FSU (Dari 7 Mel 8/19)

Jordan Rodgers:
LSU over BYU
Arkansas over FAMU
Georgia over App St
FSU over Alabama

Mark Schlabach:
Alabama over FSU
Navy over FAU
Ohio St over Indiana
Florida over Michigan

Marcus Spears:
Alabama over FSU (SEC Nation 8/17)
Vanderbilt over MTSU
Matt Stinchcomb:
UCLA over TAMU
Mizzou over Missouri St
Florida over Michigan
Georgia over App St

Matt Stinchcomb:
UCLA over TAMU
Tennessee over GT
Mizzou over Missouri St
Miss St over Charleston Southern