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Week 16 2014: Saturday morning college picks! #cfbplayoff #cfb #saturdayselection #armynavy

Week 16 is an extremely light slate (unless you’re big into Sam Houston State football) so picks are few and far between, but we have the picks from our Gameday crew as always.  Enjoy.

Lee Corso:
NDSU over CCU
UW-Whitewater over Linfield
Navy over Army (headgear pick)

Kirk Herbstreit:
NDSU over CCU
Linfield over UW-Whitewater
Army over Navy

Desmond Howard:
NDSU over CCU
UW-Whitewater over Linfield
Navy over Army

Roger Staubach:
CCU over NDSU
Linfield over UW-Whitewater
Navy over Army

Jennifer’s picks:
NDSU over CCU
UW-Whitewater over Linfield
SHSU over Villanova
Navy over Army

Chris Fowler:
Army over Navy

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Week 14 2014: College picks are graded; results are up! #cfb #rivalryweek #cfbplayoff

This week we had a wild week of football with a few unexpected results and some big games.  We had some equally wild results in the picking game for week 14 of our college football season.

Winners include Kirk Herbstreit (9-5), Desmond Howard (9-4), Brett McMurphy (6-2), Kevin Carter (5-2), Lou Holtz (5-1), Jon Berger (5-2), Mike Bellotti (5-1), Danny Kanell (4-1), Trevor Matich (4-1), Brad Edwards (4-0), and my wife Jennifer (11-4).  Our undisputed week 14 champion is Jason Sehorn, who put up an impressive 9-1 record picking the big games this week.

Losers this week are honorable mention Mark May (1-3), with Tim Tebow taking the title this week at 3-4.  Things have taken a downturn for the SEC network’s golden boy in recent weeks, and he continues his slide into normalcy.

Special guest picker Joe Namath put up a respectable 6-3 on the week, and we hope to see him back in the future.  Lee Corso nailed the headgear pick going with Alabama over Auburn in the Iron Bowl, while Charley the Cat lost another game on Corso after she chose Auburn.

Everyone else was somewhere in the mix between greatness and failure, so check out the full slate of results below to see how your favorite (or most hated) personality did this week.

Lee Corso: 6-5
WRONG Grambling St over Southern
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
WRONG Wash St over Washington
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
WRONG S.Carolina over Clemson
WRONG Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT FSU over Florida
RIGHT USC over ND
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn (headgear pick)

Kirk Herbstreit: 9-5
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
RIGHT FSU over Florida
WRONG Marshall over WKU
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
RIGHT Mich St over Penn St
WRONG NW over Illinois
WRONG Grambling St over Southern
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Washington over Wash St
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Clemson over S.Carolina
WRONG Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT USC over ND

Desmond Howard: 9-4
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
RIGHT Mich St over Penn St
WRONG NW over Illinois
WRONG Grambling St over Southern
RIGHT Washington over Wash St
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
WRONG S.Carolina over Clemson
RIGHT GaTech over Georgia
RIGHT FSU over Florida
RIGHT Oregon St over Oregon
RIGHT USC over ND
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn

Joe Namath: 6-3
WRONG Minnesota over Wisconsin
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Clemson over S.Carolina
WRONG Georgia over GaTech
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT FSU over Florida
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT USC over ND
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn

Jennifer’s Picks: 11-4
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota (close)
RIGHT Mich St over Penn St
WRONG NW over Illinois
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Washington over Wash St
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Clemson over S.Carolina
WRONG Georgia over GaTech
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
WRONG Florida over FSU (upset special)
RIGHT USC over ND
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
RIGHT Louisville over Kentucky
RIGHT Tennessee over Vanderbilt
RIGHT Baylor over TTU

Chris Fowler: 1-0
RIGHT Southern over Grambling St

Charley the Cat: 0-1
WRONG Auburn over Alabama

David Pollack: 3-2
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
RIGHT Mich St over Penn St
WRONG NW over Illinois
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
WRONG Florida over FSU

Dari Nowkhah: 3-1
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
RIGHT FSU over Florida

Mel Kiper Jr.: 3-1
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minesota
RIGHT FSU over Florida

Greg McElroy: 5-3
WRONG Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT FSU over Florida
WRONG S.Carolina over Clemson
RIGHT Louisville over Kentucky
RIGHT Tennessee over Vanderbilt
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota

Tim Tebow: 3-4
RIGHT Tennessee over Vanderbilt
RIGHT Louisville over Kentucky
WRONG S.Carolina over Clemson
WRONG Georgia over GaTech
WRONG Florida over FSU
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn

Marcus Spears: 4-3
RIGHT Tennessee over Vanderbilt
WRONG Kentucky over Louisville
RIGHT Clemson over S.Carolina
WRONG Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT FSU over Florida
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn

Paul Finebaum: 4-3
RIGHT Tennessee over Vanderbilt
RIGHT Louisville over Kentucky
WRONG S.Carolina over Clemson
WRONG Georgia over GaTech
RIGHT FSU over Florida
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn

Brett Mcmurphy: 6-2
WRONG Florida over FSU
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
WRONG Cal over BYU
RIGHT UAB over S.Miss
RIGHT Louisville over Kentucky
RIGHT Duke over Wake Forest

Phil Steele: 12-7 FBS, 5-3 FCS, 17-10 Overall
WRONG Marshall over WKU
RIGHT TCU over Texas
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT FSU over Florida
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
WRONG UCLA over Stanford
RIGHT Mich St over Penn St
RIGHT NIU over W.Mich
WRONG Arkansas over Mizzou (upset special)
RIGHT Oregon over Oreg St
RIGHT Washington over Wash St
RIGHT Baylor over TTU
RIGHT Arizona over Ariz St
WRONG Georgia over GaTech
WRONG NW over Illinois
WRONG S.Carolina over Clemson
RIGHT Louisville over Kentucky

Phil Steele’s FCS Round 1 picks: 5-3
RIGHT Richmond over Morgan St
RIGHT Indiana St over EKU
WRONG SE Louisiana over SHSU
RIGHT Montana over San Diego
WRONG James Madison over Liberty
RIGHT S.Dakota St over Montana St
WRONG SF Austin over N.Iowa
RIGHT Fordham over Sacred Heart

Kevin Carter: 5-2
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT FSU over Florida
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
WRONG Georgia over GaTech

Colin Cowherd: 1-1
WRONG Texas over TCU
RIGHT FSU over Florida

Lou Holtz: 5-1
WRONG Arkansas over Mizzou
RIGHT FSU over Florida
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
RIGHT Ole Miss over Miss St
RIGHT Oregon over Oreg St
RIGHT Baylor over TTU

Mark May: 1-3
WRONG Arkansas over Mizzou
WRONG Florida over FSU
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss

Jon Berger: 5-2
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
WRONG Florida over FSU
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT TCU over Texas
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
RIGHT Baylor over TTU

Jason Sehorn: 9-1
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT FSU over Florida
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT TCU over Texas
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Clemson over S.Carolina
RIGHT Baylor over TTU
RIGHT USC over ND
RIGHT Arizona over Ariz St

Pat Forde: 22-14
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn 35-17
RIGHT Oregon over Oreg St 44-21
RIGHT FSU over Florida 21-20
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss 23-17
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan 38-14
WRONG Georgia over GaTech 32-28
RIGHT Arizona over Ariz St 34-31
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota 24-13
WRONG CSU over AF 35-20
RIGHT KState over Kansas 41-14
WRONG UVA over VaTech 16-14
RIGHT Louisville over Kentucky 27-16
WRONG NW over Illinois 29-24
RIGHT Tennessee over Vanderbilt 37-17
RIGHT Nevada over UNLV 45-28
RIGHT USC over ND 34-31
WRONG S.Carolina over Clemson 23-22
WRONG UNC over NC St 43-19
RIGHT Indiana over Purdue 41-37
RIGHT Washington over Wash St 34-27
RIGHT UCF over USF 20-12
RIGHT BC over Syracuse 26-14
RIGHT Duke over Wake Forest 19-10
WRONG Texas over TCU 26-24
RIGHT Mizzou over Arkansas 21-16
RIGHT LSU over TAMU 25-21
WRONG Iowa over Nebraska 30-28
WRONG Maryland over Rutgers 28-21
RIGHT Utah over Colorado 23-20
RIGHT Mich St over Penn St 24-0
WRONG Akron over Kent St
WRONG UCLA over Stanford
WRONG Marshall over WKU
WRONG Cal over BYU
RIGHT Baylor over TTU
RIGHT Boise St over Utah St

Chris Fallica: 3-3
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn 34-28
RIGHT Ole Miss over Miss St 20-16
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota 38-14
WRONG Texas over TCU 24-23
WRONG Iowa over Nebraska 28-24
WRONG Colorado over Utah 31-27

Mike Bellotti: 5-1
WRONG Texas over TCU
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
RIGHT FSU over Florida
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Stanford over UCLA

Booger McFarland: 4-3
WRONG Georgia over GaTech 38-24
WRONG S.Carolina over Clemson 28-14
RIGHT FSU over Florida 35-17
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss 30-14
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn 42-28
RIGHT Louisville over Kentucky 27-24
RIGHT Tennessee over Vanderbilt 31-24

Danny Kanell: 4-1
RIGHT FSU over Florida
RIGHT Oregon over Oregon St
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
WRONG Texas over TCU

Rece Davis: 2-1
RIGHT Baylor over TTU
RIGHT FSU over Florida
WRONG Arkansas over Mizzou

Trevor Matich: 4-1
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT FSU over Florida
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn 27-20
RIGHT Mizzou over Arkansas

Brad Edwards: 4-0
RIGHT Baylor over TTU
RIGHT FSU over Florida
RIGHT Wisconsin over Minnesota
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn

Mack Brown: 3-2
RIGHT Mizzou over Arkansas
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
WRONG UCLA over Stanford
RIGHT FSU over Florida

Skip Bayless: 2-1
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn 42-17
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss 30-13
RIGHT FSU over Florida 27-24

Stephen A. Smith: 2-1
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss
RIGHT Alabama over Ole Miss 37-20
RIGHT FSU over Florida 35-21

Joey Galloway: 2-1
RIGHT FSU over Florida
WRONG Texas over Okla St
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan

Ryen Russillo: 0-2
WRONG Arkansas over Mizzou
WRONG Miss St over Ole Miss

Tim Cowlishaw: 1-0
RIGHT TCU over Texas

Bill Plaschke: 1-1
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
WRONG Texas over TCU

Jackie MacMullan: 1-1
RIGHT Alabama over Auburn
WRONG Florida over FSU

Charles Arbuckle: 0-1
WRONG Marshall over WKU

Matt Millen: 1-0
RIGHT FSU over Florida

Heather Dinich: 0-1
WRONG Texas over TCU

Butch Davis: 1-0
RIGHT Ohio St over Michigan

Week 11 2014: College Gameday review #cfb #saturdayselections #getup4gameday

The picks are in; the morning games are coming to a close; the afternoon games are about to kick off; it is time for this week’s College Gameday review.  Before we get started, I wanted to share for the record that the new woman shredding on the guitar in the new Gameday intro this year is Lzzy Hale from the band Halestorm.  Lots of interest each week in who she is is or why she is our Gameday intro, and since I don’t think I ever addressed this issue I thought I would do that right now.

Lzzy Hale, comin' to your citaaay

Lzzy Hale, comin’ to your citaaay

Anyways.  This week’s edition came to us live from East Lansing, Michigan for the biggest Big 10 matchup of the year, Michigan State vs. Ohio State.  It was a chilly morning in East Lansing with the balmy weather somewhere around 37 degrees for the show.  It should be noted that Desmond Howard was apparently broadcasting from somewhere in the Arctic circle this morning, or he was at least dressed for it.

Desmond Howard: Prepared for winter

Desmond Howard: Prepared for winter

37 degrees out in the wind is pretty chilly, but I’d like to compare it to what Kirk Herbstreit was wearing this morning:

Herbie with purple lapel rose

Herbie with purple lapel rose

One man wears a normal business suit, and another man is bundled up to explore the North pole.  Was it never cold up there at Michigan when Desmond was busy winning Heismans?  Anyways, another item we need to discuss is Kirk’s lapel rose this morning.  This appears to be a recent trend in weeks where the Gameday crew (and SEC network crew) are sporting lapel roses.  I’m not sure what to make of this, but lots of people are apparently interested, so let’s keep an eye out for Kirk’s lapel rose each week.

While we are on the topic of fashion, let’s review Gameday’s fashion version of the odd couple.  Samantha Ponder was sporting a nice winter outfit this morning which Jennifer was a big fan of.  She loved the jacket, loved the colors, and loved the details on the jacket.  Jennifer said she loves “how sassy Samantha Ponder dresses” in the winter.  She got two thumbs up from Jennifer this week.  Someone who did not get two thumbs up was “Quarterback Guru to the Stars” George Whitfield.  He appeared to be making progress with the matching colors this morning, but was still sporting a tiny coat with a teenie tiny lapel rose.  If he was wearing “those damn brown shoes” as Jennifer calls them, at least they matched this week.  Let’s keep making progress George!

Week 11: Sam Ponder & George Whitfield

Week 11: Sam Ponder & George Whitfield

We had two special feature stories this week, the first of which featured the only appearance of one Tom Rinaldi this week.  It was a rehashing of a 2012 feature on Clemson wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez.  Rodriguez served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and while in Afghanistan made a promise to a fellow soldier named Kevin Thompson that if he ever made it out of there alive he would play D1 college football somewhere.  After a battle in which 8 soldiers were killed, including Thompson, Rodriguez was awarded a purple heart and bronze star.  He returned home and put together a recruiting video with a friend and posted it to the internet.  It caught the eye of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, who saw an incredible work ethic and desire to play, which was punctuated by the fact that Rodriguez was not asking for a scholarship; only a chance to walk on.  Since then, Rodriguez has played in 37 games straight.  A great quote from Daniel to top it all off:  “What do you do after your dream comes true?  Go and live another dream”.  The segment can be found here:  http://goo.gl/sH9lis

The second feature of the day was presented by Gene W. and was a piece about Arizona State running back D.J. Foster.  Foster’s backstory (like most Gene W. and Rinaldi pieces) is a great story of overcoming adversity.  Foster lost his 19 year old sister at the age of 15, one week before his first ever varsity high school football game.  He made it a point to not give up on living his life, and on the very first play of his varsity career returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.  When it came time to pick a college, he committed to stay close to home and attend Arizona State university, where he has kept the team on the national radar ever since.  The touching finale was the story of the five year anniversary of his sister’s death, when Foster and his father met on the Arizona State practice field to release a bundle of balloons with his sister’s picture attached.  They did this not to mourn her loss, but to celebrate her life.

Now that the touching stories are finished, let’s get to some wacky signs we saw this week in East Lansing.  Strong work this week included “IS THIS THE NICKELBACK CONCERT?”, a bunch of Urban Meyer/Oscar Meyer weiner references, “Urban Meyer doesn’t wet his toothbrush”, and “RUSH HOUR 3 WAS OK”.  This week’s inappropriate winners are the following:

Dantonio makes my nipples hard

Dantonio makes my nipples hard

Urban Meyer stole Tim Tebow's virginity

Urban Meyer stole Tim Tebow’s virginity

And of course…

URBAN MEYER POOPS AT PARTIES

URBAN MEYER POOPS AT PARTIES

Nice work fellas.

When it came time to get down to the business of picking games, Desmond Howard could do nothing right for this Michigan State crowd, as I’m sure you can imagine.  He did manage to get back on track with the “OFFICIAL DESMOND HOWARD MICHIGAN PICK OF THE WEEK”, picking Michigan to take down Northwestern.  The counter is reset this week, so our running count of Michigan picks is back at 1.

Our special guest celebrity this week was Alice Cooper, of rock and roll music fame.  He is from Michigan I guess.  He was very casual and non-chalant with his picks, and didn’t get too technical with his picks.  I feel like the overly technical celebrity pickers tend to underperform, while Katy Perry wins the week for some reason.  Mr. Cooper of course went with Michigan State over Ohio State, to the delight of the crowd, so his casual selections may be a good sign for Sparty.  Desmond and David Pollack both went with Michigan State as well, while Kirk had another no-pick since he is calling the game.  Coach Corso reminisced over his first ever official headgear pick, when he put on the Brutus the Buckeye headgear back in 1996.  This got the crowd fired up, but he quickly changed his tone, as he ripped off his overcoat to reveal green armor, and his assistants put on a gigantic Spartan headgear and set of fake hands for him.  Charley the Cat went with Ohio State, and may be due for a win, so this should be a good matchup between the two.

Courtesy of College Gameday twitter

Courtesy of College Gameday twitter

Charley picks Ohio State!

Charley picks Ohio State!