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2018-19 College Football Season: Picks are graded. Final results are in; yearly champion is crowned!

We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes with our team of scientists, mathematicians, and the boys down in the lab.  The numbers have been crunched and the results are in for your 2018-19 college football season.  Without further delay, we are proud to announce Stanford Steve Coughlin as our 2018-19 college football picking champion.  Steve Coughlin put forth a 65-22 record picking games straight up on his ESPN Chalk column, which is a nice 74.71% picking record.  However, Stanford Steve blew the doors off the competition 57-29-1 AGAINST THE SPREAD which is 66.09%.  If you followed his picks and invested in them you are probably a millionaire reading this website from your new beachfront property.  This is an all-time great performance, so if you see Steve please buy him a drink for me.

Everyone else with more than 10 games picked is below, so enjoy the full 2018-19 grades below.

Straight up records:

percent.correct n.correct n.wrong
Jordan.Rodgers 85% 17 3
Brett.McMurphy 80.65% 25 6
Kevin.Carter 80% 8 2
Matt.Leinart 76.47% 13 4
Paul.Finebaum 75.86% 88 28
Tim.Tebow 75% 51 17
Steve.Coughlin 74.71% 65 22
Chris.Doering 74.60% 47 16
Joey.Galloway 74.36% 29 10
Colin.Cowherd 74.07% 20 7
Rece.Davis 73.33% 11 4
Les.Miles 73.33% 33 12
Lou.Holtz 72.86% 102 38
Heather.Dinich 71.67% 43 17
Jennifer 71.16% 190 77
Phil.Steele 70.87% 163 67
Andrea.Adelson 70.81% 114 47
Marcus.Spears 69.74% 53 23
David.Pollack 69.64% 39 17
Tim.Cowlishaw 69.23% 27 12
Jake.Trotter 68.57% 48 22
Joel.Klatt 67.35% 33 16
Rick.Neuheisel 67.16% 45 22
Jonathan.Vilma 66.67% 12 6
Dusty.Dvoracek 66.04% 35 18
Mark.Schlabach 65.96% 62 32
Lee.Corso 65.91% 145 75
Dari.Nowkhah 65.22% 15 8
Greg.McElroy 65% 39 21
Jesse.Palmer 64.86% 24 13
Chris.Fallica 64.80% 81 44
Corso.Headgear 64.71% 11 6
Trevor.Matich 64.71% 11 6
Dave.Wannstedt 64.29% 9 5
Pat.Forde 64.06% 82 46
Kirk.Herbstreit 64.02% 137 77
Houston.Nutt 64% 16 9
Chris.Low 63.64% 35 20
Celebrity.Guest 63.41% 130 75
Pete.Thamel 62.63% 62 37
Brian.Jones 62.03% 49 30
Aaron.Taylor 61.43% 43 27
Randy.Cross 61.33% 46 29
Desmond.Howard 61.18% 145 92
Andy.Staples 61.06% 127 81
Bruce.Feldman 60.30% 120 79
Robert.Smith 60% 9 6
Ryan.McGee 60% 36 24
Mark.May 59.44% 85 58
Adam.Rittenberg 59.18% 58 40
Emmanuel.Acho 58.82% 10 7
Ivan.Maisel 58.33% 35 25
Stewart.Mandel 56.16% 114 89
Danny.Kanell 53.85% 21 18
Gene.Chizik 50% 6 6
Dan.Orlovsky 29.41% 5 12

ATS Records:

% Correct n.correct n.wrong n.tie
steve.coughlin.ats 66.09% 57 29 1
dusty.dvoracek.ats 62.65% 52 31 0
brett.mcmurphy.ats 60.19% 32 21 1
phil.steele.ats 58.78% 129 90 3
rufus.peabody.ats 58.55% 44 31 1
kirk.herbstreit.ats 57.69% 7 5 1
danny.kanell.ats 56.33% 43 33 3
doug.kezirian.ats 56.10% 23 18 0
adam.kramer.ats 55.56% 49 39 2
jeff.ma.ats 55.07% 38 31 0
todd.fuhrman.ats 54.95% 60 49 2
rico.bosco.ats 54.69% 69 57 2
dave.portnoy.ats 54.59% 110 91 6
scott.spreitzer.ats 54.55% 42 35 0
rece.davis.ats 53.85% 7 6 0
chris.fallica.ats 52.27% 57 52 1
lee.corso.ats 50% 6 6 1
scott.van.pelt.ats 49.17% 58 60 2
dan.katz.ats 48.22% 80 86 3
dari.nowkhah.ats 46.67% 7 8 0
stewart.mandel.ats 45.99% 73 86 3
pat.forde.ats 44.26% 53 67 2
tim.cowlishaw.ats 43.38% 28 37 3
pete.thamel.ats 42.21% 51 70 1
bruce.feldman.ats 41.46% 64 91 3
jake.trotter.ats 41.18% 7 10 0
desmond.howard.ats 37.50% 4 7 1

2015-16 Season results and champion Phil Steele! #cfb

The 2015-16 season of college football brought excitement and many hours wasted in front of the television, and it is with great sadness that we now enter the offseason.  However, that also means that it is time to crown the 2015-16 GAMEDAYCOLE.COM SEASON CHAMPION!!!  Competition was fierce this year, with 4,271 picks tracked this year and an average correct pick rate of 70.03% on the season.  We had 33 competitors eligible for this year’s championship, and it is without further adieu that I present to you our 2015-16 season champion, Mr. Phil Steele!

Phil Steele: 2015-16 Champion

Phil Steele: 2015-16 Champion

Mr. Steele finished off this season with a record of 597-174 straight up and 121-105-2 against the spread, which comes out to 77.03% straight up and 53.54% against the spread.  I don’t know what his secret is to picking games.  Maybe it is his computer.  Maybe it is the mustache.  Maybe it is the fact that he hasn’t slept since June due to football.  Whatever it is, it works.  Congratulations Phil.  You can now add this to your long and impressive resume, and no doubt impress acquaintances at cocktail parties with this accolade.

There are plenty of other notes to get to for this season’s wrap up.  As you may notice, Greg McElroy topped the straight up percentages on the year at 84.54% with a record of 82-15 on the year.  While this is impressive and deserving of congratulations, he was hurt by the limited number of games he picked, and the fact that his picks are almost entirely SEC conference picks.  Phil Steele had a much larger body of work, and combined with his win rate against the spread that was enough to vault him over McElroy on the season.  Next year we will probably have a separate award for the experts focusing on a single conference, but it is too late to be starting that nonsense right now.

Lee Corso’s headgear picks on the year were his worst year on record.  He went 6-12 on the year in the headgear picks due to some tough breaks and close losses on underdogs.  Charley the Cat had a season on par with Coach Corso, and ended up squeezing out a 7-11 season to beat Corso on the year picking games.  Gameday Jen had her best season on record, going 153-59 (72.17%) on the year, so watch out Phil; she is coming for you!  Maybe next year we’ll have her pick against the spread and make us some money.  Our Gameday guest celebrities had an abysmal year at 56.39% picking games straight up this year.  Maybe you shouldn’t be trusting Rick Ross, the Philly Phanatic, or Eric Church for your betting advice after all.

You can see the full rankings below to see how everyone else did on the year.  We will be putting together a recap of preseason predictions this week to see how great everyone’s preseason picks surely went, so keep an eye out for that and much more to come.

Straight Up SU % ATS ATS %
Greg McElroy 82-15 84.54%
Phil Steele 597-174 77.03% 121-105-2 53.54%
Paul Finebaum 78-27 74.29%
Pat Forde 256-89 73.99%
Andrea Adelson 84-30 73.68%
Booger McFarland 80-32 72.73%
Tim Tebow 45-17 72.58%
Trevor Matich 68-26 72.34% 14-21-1 40.00%
Jennifer 153-59 72.17%
Jason Sehorn 82-33 71.30%
Kirk Herbstreit 120-49 71.01%
Marcus Spears 55-23 70.51%
Brad Edwards 89-38 70.08% 22-20-1 52.38%
Colin Cowherd 73-32 69.52%
David Pollack 71-32 68.93%
Joey Galloway 93-43 68.38%
Robert Smith 49-23 68.06% 10-17-0 37.04%
Mark May 23-11 67.65%
Kevin Carter 38-19 66.67%
Jon Berger 32-16 66.67%
Todd McShay 33-17 66.00%
Danny Kanell 88-47 65.19% 20-23-0 46.51%
Desmond Howard 111-60 64.91%
Chris Fallica 77-42 64.71% 71-67-3 51.45%
Lee Corso 101-56 64.33%
Ryen Russillo 46-27 63.01% 23-19-0 54.76%
Scott Van Pelt 5-3 62.50% 34-35 49.28%
Joel Klatt 105-64 62.13%
Celebrity Guests 75-58 56.39%
Dari Nowhkah 46-36 56.10% 10-8-0 55.56%
Lou Holtz 13-11 54.17%
Stanford Steve Coughlin 42-37 53.16% 40-44-3 48.19%
Season Average 2925-1250 70.06% 365-359-10 50.41%

2015-16 Bowl season results! #CFBPlayoff #BowlMania

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen.  With the fantastic CFB Playoff championship game in the books last night, that means the bowl season has ended.  It is now time that we look back and review how all of our competitors did playing a little bit of Bowl Mania pick’em.

We had 12 of our expert predictors and prognosticators who picked enough of the bowl games to qualify for our championship competition this year.  As with most things around here, it is all subjective and up to my judgment as to what to make of all of this mess.  Not everyone picked the Celebration Bowl between NC A&T and Alcorn State.  Some of us picked it, and it ended up being quite profitable.  Not everyone had a qualifying CFB Playoff Championship pick, because some of them picked before the playoff and had Oklahoma playing in the championship game.  And for some reason, Pat Forde refused to pick any bowl games involving 5-7 teams, but since he still picked most of them I have granted him a waiver.  Without further adieu, I present to you this year’s Gamedaycole.com official bowl championship rankings.

Cole’s Picks: 32-10
Joey Galloway: 31-11
Chris Doering: 29-13
Phil Steele: 29-12 SU, 14-9 ATS
Jennifer’s Picks: 27-14
Todd McShay: 27-15
Pat Forde: 26-12
Ryen Russillo: 25-17
Danny Kanell: 24-18
Joel Klatt: 24-17
Mark Schlabach: 23-18
Dari Nowkhah: 22-20

As you can see, Cole’s picks came out on top this year coming in at 32-10.  Not to toot my own too much, but I’m pretty good at picking bowl games.  Pay no attention to last year’s results behind the curtain where I went 20-18 in Bowl Mania.  Anyways, since I can’t very well give myself an award for picking bowl games (I guess I could since it is my site), we are proud to announce that Joey Galloway has won the 2015-16 Gamedaycole.com Bowl Season Championship at 31-11!

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We had a grand total of 59 experts who participated in bowl season this year, and for the full results you can check out the list below to see how your favorite (or most hated) personality did during bowl season.  Since my full list of bowl picks for all of these people is over 30 pages long, you’ll just have to take my word on it for now.  Congratulations to everyone who participated this year.

Andrea Adelson: 1-1
Charles Arbuckle: 1-2
Skip Bayless: 1-2 SU, 1-0 ATS
Mike Bellotti: 3-2
Jon Berger: 7-1
Kevin Blackstone: 1-0
Mack Brown: 2-2
Kevin Carter: 15-10
Lee Corso: 2-4 (1-2 headgear picks)
Stanford Steve Coughlin: 2-6 SU, 3-9 ATS
Colin Cowherd: 7-1 SU, 0-1 ATS
Tim Cowlishaw: 7-1 SU, 8-5 ATS
Ed Cunningham: 5-9
Butch Davis: 2-2
Rece Davis: 1-0
Heather Dinich: 14-6
Brad Edwards: 7-0 SU, 4-1 ATS
Chris “The Bear” Fallica: 7-7 SU, 10-9 ATS
Paul Finebaum: 10-3
Mike Golic: 3-0 SU, 2-0 ATS
Mike Greenberg: 3-0 SU, 1-0 ATS
Brian Griese: 2-0
Israel Gutierrez: 1-0
Kirk Herbstreit: 6-4
Lou Holtz: 1-2
Desmond Howard: 8-4
Mel Kiper Jr.: 2-0
Matt Leinart: 2-1
Tom Luginbill: 4-0
Trevor Matich: 4-0
Mark May: 3-1
Greg McElroy: 13-3
Booger McFarland: 9-5
Ryan McGee: 1-0
Urban Meyer: 1-0
Woody Paige: 0-1
Jesse Palmer: 1-0
Petros Papadakis: 2-1
Brady Quinn: 1-2
David Pollack: 6-5
Jason Sehorn: 7-2
Robert Smith: 2-2
Marcus Spears: 10-2
Clint Stoerner: 1-0
Tim Tebow: 2-1
Scott Van Pelt: 2-1 SU, 0-1 ATS
Andre Ware: 1-0