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2016-17 Bowl Season: Assorted #BowlMania picks!

Here’s some probably-too-early bowl picks from last week right after the bowl games were announced.  Do with these what you will.  We will be updating with individual posts for all of the big names over bowl season so check back for the latest picks!

Danny Kanell’s BOWL MANIA BIG BOARD:
40. Pitt over NW
39. AF over S.Alabama
38. Stanford over UNC
37. Utah over Indiana
36. Boise St over Baylor
35. Tulsa over C.Michigan
34. BYU over Wyoming
33. Wisconsin over W.Michigan
32. Army over UNT
31. Houston over SDSU
30. Vanderbilt over NC St
29. CSU over Idaho
28. WVU over Miami FL
27. UCF over Ark St
26. Miss St over Mia OH
25. Colorado over Ok St
24. Temple over Wake Forest
23. USC over Penn St
22. USF over S.Carolina
21. Memphis over WKU
20. Alabama over Washington
19. MTSU over Hawaii
18. Ohio over Troy
17. LSU over Louisville
16. New Mexico over UTSA
15. E.Michigan over Old Dom
14. Tennessee over Nebraska
13. Georgia over TCU
12. FSU over Michigan
11. GT over Kentucky
10. Wash St over Minnesota
9. Auburn over OU
8. Clemson over Ohio St
7. App St over Toledo
6. KState over TAMU
5. LaTech over Navy
4. Southern Miss over UL-Lafayette
3. Iowa over Florida
2. BC over Maryland
1. Arkansas over VT

Jennifer’s BIG BOWL BOARD:
LSU over Louisville
Houston over SDSU
WVU over Miami FL
Colorado over Ok St
Stanford over UNC
GT over Kentucky
UTSA over UNM
App St over Toledo
Florida over Iowa
Michigan over FSU
Wash St over Minnesota
UCF over Ark St
UL-La over S.Miss
Tulsa over C.Michigan
Boise St over Baylor
Memphis over WKU
BYU over Wyoming
CSU over Idaho
Old Dom over E.Michigan
Pitt over NW
Army over UNT
OU over Auburn
KState over TAMU
Vanderbilt over NC St
VT over Arkansas
Wake Forest over Temple
Wisconsin over W.Michigan (Close)
Penn St over USC
Clemson over Ohio St
Georgia over TCU
LaTech over Navy
Ohio over Troy
MTSU over Hawaii
Miss St over Mia OH
Nebraska over Tennessee
Alabama over Washington
USF over S.Carolina
Utah over Indiana
BC over Maryland
AF over S.Alabama

Charles Arbuckle:
Nebraska over Tennessee
Michigan over FSU
Florida over Iowa
Wisconsin over W.Michigan
USC over Penn St

Mack Brown: (Championship Drive 12/4)
Ok St over Colorado
Arkansas over VT
TAMU over KState
Miami FL over WVU
Alabama over Washington
Clemson over Ohio St
Alabama over Clemson in championship

Lee Corso:
Michigan over FSU (Gameday 12/10)

Stanford Steve Coughlin: (Behind the Bets podcast 12/14)
Houston over SDSU
Memphis over WKU 55-51
Miss St over Miami OH
Boise St over Baylor
USF over S.Carolina
KState over TAMU
Arkansas over VT
Houston-3.5 vs SDSU
UTSA+7 vs UNM
Memphis+5 vs WKU
Miss St-12 vs Miami OH
Boise St-7.5 vs Baylor
WVU+3 vs Miami FL
S.Carolina+12 vs USF
KState ML vs TAMU
KState+2.5 vs TAMU
Arkansas+7 vs VT
Arkansas vs VT over 61.5
Washington+16 vs Alabama

Ed Cunningham:
40. LSU over Louisville
39. Stanford over UNC
36. Wisconsin over W.Michigan
35. Alabama over Washington
33. Pitt over NW
26. USC over Penn St
25. Boise St over Baylor
23. TCU over Georgia
17. Ohio St over Clemson
16. TAMU over KState
15. SDSU over Houston
14. OU over Auburn
13. Michigan over FSU
11. Tennessee over Nebraska
8. WVU over Miami FL
4. Ok St over Colorado

Chris Doering: (SEC Network 12/4)
Alabama over Washington
KState over TAMU
Arkansas over VT
LSU over Louisville
Auburn over OU
Miss St over Maryland

Dusty Dvoracek: (CFB Daily 12/7)
Nebraska over Tennessee
Michigan over FSU
Florida over Iowa
Wisconsin over W.Michigan
USC over Penn St

Chris Fallica:
FSU over Michigan
Old Dominion over E.Michigan
Vanderbilt over NC St
Boise St over Baylor
KState over TAMU
Clemson over Ohio St
UTSA+7 vs UNM (Bear’s Bank)
KState+2 vs TAMU (Bear’s Bank)
FSU+7 vs Michigan (Bear’s Bank)
Old Dominion-1 vs E.Michigan
Vanderbilt+4.5 vs NC St
Boise St-7.5 vs Baylor
Wake Forest+13.5 vs Temple
Miami FL-3 vs WVU
KState+2.5 vs TAMU
KState ML vs TAMU
UNT+10 vs Army
Clemson+3.5 vs Ohio St

Paul Finebaum:
OU over Auburn (Championship Drive 12/4)
Michigan over FSU (CFB Live 12/6)
Ohio St over Clemson
Alabama over Washington

Mike Golic:
Alabama over Washington (M&M 12/7)

Mike Greenberg:
Alabama over Washington (M&M 12/7)

Danny Kanell:
Alabama over Washington (Championship Drive 12/4)
Clemson over Ohio St (Championship Drive 12/4)
Clemson over Alabama in championsihp (Championship Drive 12/4)

Joel Klatt:
Alabama undefeated to win championship

Mark May: (12/4)
Colorado over Ok St
Arkansas over VT
KState over TAMU
WVU over Miami FL
Clemson over Ohio St
Alabama over Washington
Alabama over Clemson in championship
Houston over SDSU 38-34 (Twitter 12/13)

Greg McElroy: (SEC Network 12/4)
Alabama over Washington
Vanderbilt over NC St
USF over S.Carolina
TCU over Georgia
Tennessee over Nebraska
Kentucky over GT
Florida over Iowa

Booger McFarland: (SEC Network 12/4)
Alabama over Washington
TAMU over KState
VT over Arkansas
LSU over Louisville
OU over Auburn
Miss St over Maryland

Todd McShay:
Alabama over Washington (Championship Drive 12/4)
Ohio St over Clemson (Championship Drive 12/4)
Alabama over Clemson in championship (Championship Drive 12/4)

Dari Nowkhah: (SEC Network 12/4)
Vanderbilt over NC St
USF over S.Carolina
Georgia over TCU
Nebraska over Tennessee
Kentucky over GT
Florida over Iowa

Jonathan Vilma:
40. Alabama over Washington
39. Wisconsin over W.Michigan
38. Georgia over TCU
37. Pitt over NW
36. KState over TAMU
35. Boise St over Baylor
34. Florida over Iowa
33. VT over Arkansas
30. SDSU over Houston
38. Tennessee over Nebraska
27. UNC over Stanford
24. OU over Auburn
21. Miami FL over WVU
20. Colorado over Ok St
19. FSU over Michigan
18. LSU over Louisville
11. USC over Penn St
10. Clemson over Ohio St

 

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2015-16 Preseason predictions reviewed #cfb

Now is the time for us all to reflect back to the 2015 preseason where we can all look at our bold predictions (and yes, MANY were bold) and laugh at ourselves for thinking that we knew anything about anything when it came to predicting the 2015 season.

For starters, pretty much nobody was even close on any predictions for the playoff and/or championship. The best anyone did was Tom Luginbill, who correctly predicted two of the four teams in the playoff (Alabama and OU). Other than that, most people didn’t even get one team right.

On Heisman predictions, nobody even had Derrick Henry on their radar, so let’s move on.

Brad Edwards knocked the ball out of the park, going 7-2 on the season totals bets. Really impressive stuff. Chris Fallica also had a winning record at 9-7 on the totals.

Things are graded pretty arbitrarily below and not included in our official record, but we can still have some fun with it. Looking back, most people below tried to get pretty cute with their preseason picks (myself included), and cute usually doesn’t end up winning. Take a look below, have some laughs, and enjoy.

Lee Corso: Not even close, 0/4 playoff teams
WRONG SEC to have 2 teams or 0 teams in playoff
WRONG Notre Dame 8 wins
WRONG FSU over VaTech in ACC Championship
WRONG Baylor to win Big 12
WRONG Ohio St to win Big 10
WRONG Oregon to win Pac-12
WRONG LSU to win SEC
WRONG Leonard Fournette to win Heisman
0/4 Final Four:  Ohio St over Oregon, LSU over Baylor
WRONG LSU over Ohio St for Championship

Kirk Herbstreit: 2 right predictions, 1 partial, 1/4 playoff teams
PARTIAL CREDIT Arizona St over Stanford in Pac-12 Championship
WRONG LSU over Tennessee in SEC Championship
RIGHT Notre Dame to go 10-2 (Twitter 8/24)
WRONG Ezekiel Elliott to win Heisman (8/26 Twitter)
WRONG Michigan 8 wins at most
WRONG GaTech over FSU to win ACC
RIGHT OU to win Big 12
WRONG Ohio St to win Big 10 over Wisconsin
1/4 Ohio St vs. OU, Ariz St vs. LSU
WRONG Ohio St vs. LSU
WRONG Ohio St to win Championship

Desmond Howard: 2 right, 1/4 playoff teams
Recycled his Brady Hoke hiring speech for Jim Harbaugh
WRONG Notre Dame 9 wins
WRONG VaTech to win ACC
WRONG TCU to win Big 12
RIGHT Michigan State to win Big 10
RIGHT Stanford to win Pac-12
WRONG TAMU to win SEC
0/4 Final Four: TCU, Mich St, Stanford, TAMU
WRONG Stanford wins championship

Jennifer’s Picks: 1 right, 0/4 playoff teams
RIGHT Clemson to win ACC
WRONG TCU to win Big 12
WRONG Ohio St to win Big 10 (but watch out for Michigan St!)
WRONG Arizona St to win Pac-12
WRONG Auburn to win SEC
WRONG SEC Champion to have 2 losses
0/4 Final Four: (1) Ohio St vs. (4) Mich St, (2) TCU vs. (3) Ariz St
WRONG TCU over Ohio St for Championship

Cole’s Picks: Couldn’t have been more wrong, 0/4 playoff teams
WRONG GaTech to win ACC
WRONG Auburn to win SEC
WRONG Texas to win Big 12
WRONG Ohio St to win Big 10
WRONG Oregon to win Pac-12
0/4 Final Four: Oregon, Auburn, Ohio St, Texas
WRONG Oregon over Texas, Auburn over Ohio St
WRONG Oregon over Auburn for Championship

Charles Arbuckle: 2 right predictions, 1 partial
RIGHT Duke under 9 wins
WRONG FSU wins ACC
WRONG No ACC in playoff
RIGHT Stanford over 9 wins
WRONG UCLA over USC
PARTIAL Stanford over UCLA in Pac-12 championship (wrong LA team)

Mike Bellotti: 1 right prediction, 1/4 playoff teams, 1/5 Heisman favorites
RIGHT Duke under 9 wins
WRONG FSU wins ACC
WRONG No ACC in playoff
WRONG Stanford under 9 wins
WRONG USC to win Pac-12
1/4 Final Four: (1) Ohio St, (2) TCU, (3) Alabama, (4) USC
1/5 Heisman Favorites: (1) Trevone Boykin, (2) Ezekiel Elliott, (3) Deshaun Watson, (4) Nick Chubb, (5) Cody Kessler

Kevin Carter: 1 right
RIGHT OU at least 9 wins
WRONG Baylor wins Big 12
WRONG Auburn best chance for SEC to make playoff

Stanford Steve Coughlin: 0/4 playoff teams
0/4 Final Four: Winner of USC/UCLA, Ohio St, Auburn, FSU

Colin Cowherd preseason over/unders: 1 right, 1 push
WRONG ND at 9 wins or less, trap bet
PUSH Arkansas over 8 wins
WRONG Michigan under 7.5 wins
WRONG USC over 9 wins
RIGHT Nebraska under 8 wins

Ed Cunningham: 1 right
RIGHT Notre Dame over 9 wins
WRONG Texas under 7 wins

Rece Davis: 1 right
RIGHT Louisville over 7.5 wins
WRONG USC over 9.5 wins

Heather Dinich: 0/4 playoff teams
0/4 Final Four: Auburn, Ohio St, TCU, USC

Chris Doering:
WRONG Miss St to go 6-6

Brad Edwards: 7 right
WRONG Vanderbilt under 3.5 wins (best bet)
RIGHT Tennessee over 8 wins (best bet)
RIGHT S. Carolina under 6.5 wins (best bet)
WRONG Arkansas 8-4
WRONG Auburn over 8 wins
RIGHT Georgia over 8 wins
RIGHT Kentucky under 5.5 wins
RIGHT LSU over 8.5 wins
RIGHT Ohio St over 11.5 wins
RIGHT FSU over 9.5 wins
WRONG Okla St to win Big 12

Chris Fallica: 9-7 on totals, 0/4 playoff teams
PUSH TAMU over 8 wins (best bet)
RIGHT Florida over 7 wins (best bet)
WRONG Alabama under 9.5 wins (best bet)
WRONG Arkansas 8-4
WRONG Auburn over 8 wins
RIGHT Georgia over 8 wins
WRONG Kentucky over 5.5 wins
WRONG LSU under 8.5 wins
RIGHT Ole Miss over 8.5 wins
RIGHT Miss St over 7 wins
WRONG Mizzou over 7.5 wins
RIGHT Ohio St over 11.5 wins
RIGHT FSU over 9.5 wins
RIGHT OU over 8.5 wins
WRONG Clemson under 9.5 wins
RIGHT Louisville over 7.5 wins
RIGHT USC under 9.5 wins
0/4 Final Four: Ohio St, UCLA, TAMU, Louisville

Paul Finebaum: 1/4 playoff teams
RIGHT One team possible to make playoff from SEC: Winner of Iron Bowl
WRONG TAMU to go 9-3

Pat Forde: 1/4 Playoff teams
1/4 Final Four:  Ohio St, TCU, Alabama, UCLA

Joey Galloway: 2 right predictions
WRONG Ohio St undefeated
WRONG USC/UCLA meet undefeated
WRONG Michigan at 7 wins
WRONG Notre Dame under 9.5 wins
RIGHT OU over 8.5 wins
WRONG Clemson under 9.5 wins
RIGHT Louisville over 7.5 wins
WRONG USC over 9.5 wins

Mike Greenberg final four: 0/4 playoff teams (only picked three)
WRONG Ohio St
WRONG TCU
WRONG Georgia

Mike Golic final four: 0/4 playoff teams
WRONG Ohio St
WRONG TCU
WRONG LSU
WRONG Stanford

Danny Kanell: 3 right, 0/4 playoff teams
WRONG Notre Dame 9 wins
WRONG Texas over 7 wins
WRONG Ohio St to go undefeated
WRONG Michigan at 8 wins
RIGHT OU over 8.5 wins
RIGHT Clemson over 9.5 wins
RIGHT Louisville over 7.5 wins
WRONG USC over 9.5 wins
0/4 Final Four: Ohio St, UCLA, Baylor, Georgia

Tom Luginbill: 2/4 playoff teams
RIGHT Alabama best chance for SEC to make playoff
2/4 Final Four: (1) Ohio St, (2) OU, (3) Alabama, (4) USC

Trevor Matich: 1/4 playoff teams
1/4 Final Four: Ohio St, Oregon, Alabama, Baylor
WRONG Baylor to win championship
WRONG Seth Russell for Heisman

Greg McElroy: 1/4 playoff teams
WRONG Kentucky to go 6-6
WRONG S.Carolina to go 6-6
WRONG Miss St to go 6-6
WRONG Mizzou to 9-3
WRONG Tennessee to go 10-2
1/4 Four teams possible to make playoff from SEC: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Arkansas

Ryan McGee: WRONG
WRONG SEC West winner has two losses

Brett McMurphy: WRONG
WRONG USC to make playoff

Todd McShay: 0/4 playoff teams
0/4 Final Four: LSU, TCU, Oregon, Ohio St
WRONG Oregon over Ohio St in championship
WRONG Trevone Boykin for Heisman

Jesse Palmer:
WRONG Tennessee to win SEC East

Ryen Russillo: 0/4 playoff teams
0/4 Final Four: Ohio St, USC, TCU, Auburn

Robert Smith: WRONG
WRONG Auburn to make playoff

Clint Stoerner:
WRONG Arkansas to go 9-3

Jason Sehorn: 1 right
RIGHT 10 wins for OU
WRONG TCU to win Big 12

Robert Smith: Oops
WRONG SEC to miss playoff

Phil Steele: 3 right, 1/4 playoff teams
WRONG Utah St 9 wins in regular season
WRONG Boise St to top the “Group of 5” in bowls
1/4 Final Four: Ohio St, Alabama, TCU, USC
WRONG Cody Kessler to win Heisman
RIGHT Miami Fl over 7 wins
WRONG VaTech over 8 wins
RIGHT LSU over 8.5 wins
RIGHT LSU starts 8-0 (we are crediting the McNeese St win)

Marcus Spears:
1/4 Four teams possible to make playoff from SEC: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU

Matt Stichcomb:
WRONG Kentucky to go 9-3

Clint Stoerner:
WRONG Mizzou to go 8-4

Scott Van Pelt: 0/4 playoff teams
Ohio St
TCU
Mich St
USC

Dari Nowkhah Playoff Predictions: 0/4 playoff teams
(1) Ohio st over (4) Auburn
(2) TCU over (3) Stanford,
(2) TCU over (1) Ohio st 27-23
Georgia to win SEC East, not make playoff

Dari Nowkhah Heisman predictions: WRONG
1. Trevone Boykin
2. Nick Chubb
3. Cody Kessler

Dari Nowkhah Big 10 Predictions: WRONG
Ohio St to win Big 10
Michigan as sleeper
Minnesota overrated
Ezekiel Elliott Player of the Year

Dari Nowkhah SEC Predictions: WRONG
Auburn to win SEC
Arkansas as sleeper at 10 wins
Alabama overrated
Nick Chubb as player of the year

Dari Nowkhah ACC Predictions: WRONG
FSU to win ACC
UNC as sleeper
Louisville overrated
Justin Thomas as player of the year

Dari Nowkhah Big 12 Predictions: WRONG
TCU to win Big 12
KState as sleeper
Nobody is overrated
Trevone Boykin as player of the year

Dari Nowkhah Pac-12 Predictions: RIGHT (on the champion)
Stanford to win Pac-12
Utah as sleeper
Oregon overrated
Cody Kessler player of the year
Boise St undefeated

Mel Kiper Jr. Playoff Predictions: 0/4 playoff teams
(2) TCU over (3) USC
(4) Auburn over (1) Ohio St
(2) TCU over (4) Auburn

Mel Kiper Jr. Heisman Predictions: WRONG
1. Trevone Boykin
2. Ezekiel Elliott
3. Jeremy Johnson

Mel Kiper Jr. Big 10 Predictions: WRONG
Ohio St to win Big 10
Michigan as sleeper
Minnesota overrated
Ezekiel Elliott player of the year

Mel Kiper Jr. SEC Predictions: WRONG
Auburn to win SEC
Tennessee as sleeper
S. Carolina overrated
Nick Chubb player of the year

Mel Kiper Jr. ACC Predictions: WRONG
FSU to win ACC
UNC as sleeper
Miami (Fl) overrated
Deshaun Watson player of the year

Mel Kiper Jr. Big 12 Predictions: WRONG
TCU to win Big 12
Oklahoma St as sleeper
KState overrated
Trevone Boykin as player of the year

Mel Kiper Jr. PAC-12 Predictions: WRONG
USC to win Pac-12
Arizona St as sleeper
UCLA overrated
Cody Kessler player of the year

Mel Kiper Jr. miscellaneous predictions:
Boise St to lose 1 or 2 games

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