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Week 7 2017: #CFB Picks are graded; results are in!

What a day of college football Saturday brought us this week!  Four top ten teams dropping to unranked opponents.  No ranked-vs-ranked matchups they said.  No exciting games they said.  If you look back at 2007, these days can come when least expected.  Let’s get right into the wacky results from this week’s picks.

Winners this week include Tim Tebow (5-1), Stanford Steve Coughlin (6-0-1 ATS), Chris Doering (6-1), The Bear Chris Fallica (7-2-1 ATS, 1-0 ML), and your boy SVP (5-2 ATS).  However we are going to give this week’s win to Desmond Howard at 10-1 straight up, 1-0 ATS, and his super dog pick Arizona State winning outright!  His biggest accolade to this day was a Heisman trophy, but no doubt the week 7 2017 blue ribbon will make a prominent place in his trophy case once it arrives at his house.  Congrats Des!

Mediocre performances this week were turned in by Kirk Herbstreit (7-5), Paul Finebaum (3-3), and Brent Musberger (0-2 ATS).  We have to give this week’s loss to Rufus Peabody again at 1-3 ATS.  He’s struggling mightily this season, at least in his podcast picks, which is surprising from the most consistent gambling winner we’ve seen prior to this season.  I’m sure he’ll turn it around, so get on his bets for the upswing.  I’m sure he’d love me saying he’s due!

Lee Corso turned in a losing week at 5-7, but got his James Madison headgear pick right.  The fake James Madison, Gene Wojciechowski, went 4-6 on the week.  Pretty impressive that an actual college football reporter from ESPN posted a losing record picking against Tim McGraw and Keegan-Michael Key.  @GamedayJen put up a solid 8-4 winner this week as she continues her march to victory this season.

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

 

Lee Corso: 5-7 striaght up, 0-1 ATS
RIGHT James Madison over Villanova (Headgear pick)
RIGHT Michigan over Indiana
RIGHT Mich St over Minnesota
WRONG Texas over OU
RIGHT USC over Utah
WRONG UNC over UVA
WRONG Navy over Memphis
WRONG Tennessee over S.Carolina
RIGHT TAMU over Florida
WRONG Auburn over LSU
WRONG GT over Miami FL
WRONG KState over TCU
WRONG Georgia So+6.5 vs NM St (Super Dog)

Kirk Herbstreit: 7-5, 1-0 ATS
WRONG GT over Miami FL
RIGHT UVA over UNC
WRONG Auburn over LSU
WRONG Florida over TAMU
RIGHT Michigan over Indiana
RIGHT OU over Texas
WRONG Washington over Ariz St
RIGHT USC over Utah
WRONG Navy over Memphis
RIGHT S.Carolina over Tennessee
RIGHT TCU over KState
RIGHT James Madison over Villanova
RIGHT Akron+14 vs W.Michigan (Super Dog)

Desmond Howard: 10-1 straight up, 1-0 ATS
RIGHT Miami FL over GT
RIGHT UVA over UNC
WRONG Auburn over LSU
RIGHT TAMU over Florida
RIGHT Michigan over Indiana
RIGHT OU over Texas
RIGHT USC over Utah
RIGHT Memphis over Navy
RIGHT S.Carolina over Tennessee
RIGHT TCU over KState
RIGHT James Madison over Villanova
RIGHT Ariz St+19 vs Washington (Super Dog)

Fake James Madison (Gene Wojciechowski): 4-6
WRONG UNC over UVA
WRONG Navy over Memphis
WRONG Tennessee over S.Carolina
WRONG Florida over TAMU
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
WRONG GT over Miami FL
RIGHT USC over Utah
WRONG KState over TCU
RIGHT OU over Texas
RIGHT James Madison over Villanova

David Pollack: 2-2
WRONG GT over Miami FL
RIGHT UVA over UNC
WRONG Auburn over LSU
RIGHT TAMU over Florida

@GamedayJen: 8-4
RIGHT Miami FL over GT
RIGHT UVA over UNC
RIGHT LSU over Auburn
WRONG Navy over Memphis
RIGHT S.Carolina over Tennessee
WRONG Florida over TAMU
RIGHT USC over Utah
RIGHT TCU over KState
WRONG Texas over OU
RIGHT Michigan over Indiana
RIGHT James Madison over Villanova
WRONG Washington over Ariz St

Tim Tebow: 5-1
RIGHT S.Carolina over Tennessee
RIGHT Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
RIGHT TAMU over Florida
WRONG Auburn over LSU
RIGHT Georgia over Mizzou
RIGHT Alabama over Arkansas

Marcus Spears: 4-2
RIGHT S.Carolina over Tennessee
WRONG Vanderbilt over Ole Miss
RIGHT TAMU over Florida
WRONG Auburn over LSU
RIGHT Georgia over Mizzou
RIGHT Alabama over Arkansas

Paul Finebaum: 3-3
RIGHT S.Carolina over Tennessee
WRONG Vanderbilt over Ole Miss
WRONG Florida over TAMU
WRONG Auburn over LSU
RIGHT Georgia over Mizzou
RIGHT Alabama over Arkansas

Andrea Adelson: 4-2
RIGHT Miami FL over GT
RIGHT UVA over UNC
RIGHT FSU over Duke
WRONG Clemson over Syracuse
RIGHT NC St over Pitt
WRONG Louisville over BC

Stanford Steve Coughlin: 3-2 straight up, 6-0-1 ATS, 0-1 ML
RIGHT FSU over Duke
RIGHT WVU over TTU
1-2 straight up on ESPN Insider
WRONG Washington over Ariz St
RIGHT TCU over Kstate
WRONG Temple over UConn
RIGHT KState vs TCU under 52 54/55 (whatever the total is when he writes his Chalk column)
TIE FSU-7 vs Duke
RIGHT UConn+10 vs Temple
RIGHT WVU-3.5 vs TTU
RIGHT Ariz St+17 vs Washington
2-0 ATS on ESPN Insider
RIGHT Ariz St+18 vs Washington
RIGHT UConn+9 vs Temple
WRONG Texas ML vs OU

Rece Davis: 1-0 ATS
RIGHT UAB+4.5 vs MTSU (Super Dog)

Chris Doering: 6-1
RIGHT Miss St over BYU
RIGHT S.Carolina over Tennessee
RIGHT Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
RIGHT Georgia over Mizzou
RIGHT TAMU over Florida
RIGHT Alabama over Arkansas
WRONG Auburn over LSU

Dusty Dvoracek: 4-0 straight up, 3-1-1 ATS
RIGHT Okla St over Baylor
RIGHT WVU over TTU
RIGHT TCU over KState
RIGHT FSU over Duke
RIGHT Texas+9 vs OU
WRONG Baylor+26 vs Okla St
RIGHT WVU-3.5 vs TTU
RIGHT TCU-7 vs KState
TIE FSU-7 vs Duke

Chris Fallica: 4-3 straight up, 7-2-1 ATS, 1-0 ML
RIGHT Michigan over Indiana
RIGHT UAB over MTSU
WRONG UNM over Fresno St
RIGHT Miami FL over GT
RIGHT TCU over KState
WRONG W.Michigan over UAB
WRONG Tulane over FIU
WRONG KState+6 vs TCU
TIE Indiana+7 vs Michigan
RIGHT UAB+6 vs MTSU
RIGHT FIU+14 vs Tulane
WRONG UNM+2.5 vs Fresno St
RIGHT LSU+7 vs Auburn (lean)
RIGHT Indiana+7.5 vs Michigan (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT Akron+14 vs W.Michigan (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT FIU+13 vs Tulane (Bear’s Bank)
RIGHT Indiana+8 vs Michigan
RIGHT Boise St ML vs SDSU

Bruce Feldman: 7-4
WRONG Tennessee over S.Carolina
RIGHT WVU over TTU
WRONG Auburn over LSU
RIGHT OU over Texas
RIGHT Miami FL over GT
RIGHT Wisconsin over Purdue
WRONG Navy over Memphis
RIGHT TAMU over Florida
RIGHT USC over Utah
WRONG Minnesota over Mich St
RIGHT Stanford over Oregon

Joel Klatt: 4-1
WRONG Texas over OU
RIGHT Miami FL over GT
RIGHT USC over Utah
RIGHT TAMU over Florida
RIGHT TCU over KState

Matt Leinart: 1-0
RIGHT Alabama over Arkansas

Trevor Matich: 1-0 straight up, 1-0 ATS
RIGHT USC over Utah
RIGHT Utah+13 vs USC

Les Miles: 2-1
WRONG GT over Miami FL
RIGHT OU over Texas
RIGHT LSU over Auburn

Greg McElroy: 0-1
WRONG Auburn over LSU

Booger McFarland: 0-1
WRONG Vanderbilt over Ole Miss

Brent Musberger: 0-2 ATS
WRONG Miami FL-6 vs GT
WRONG Baylor+25.5 vs Okla St

Dari Nowkhah: 1-0 straight up, 2-1 ATS
RIGHT TAMU over Florida
RIGHT TAMU+3 vs Florida
RIGHT GT+6.5 vs Miami FL
WRONG Maryland+3.5 vs NW

Rufus Peabody: 1-3 ATS
WRONG UCLA+1.5 vs Arizona
RIGHT Oregon St+12 vs Colorado
WRONG Wisconsin-15.5 vs Purdue
WRONG W.Michigan-13.5 vs Akron

Jordan Rodgers: 1-0
RIGHT Georgia over Mizzou

Ryen Russillo: 2-0 striaght up, 2-2 ATS
RIGHT USC over Utah
RIGHT OU over Texas
RIGHT LSU+7 vs Auburn
RIGHT LSU+6.5 vs Auburn (best bet on Friday’s show)
WRONG USC-12.5 vs Utah
WRONG OU-9 vs Texas

Mark Schlabach: 1-0
RIGHT Alabama over Arkansas

Phil Steele: 12-6 straight up, 9-13-2 ATS
RIGHT UCF over ECU (by 35-42 points)
WRONG Tulane over FIU (by more than 14)
RIGHT Miami Fl over GT (by a TD or more)
RIGHT Army over E.Michigan
WRONG Temple over UConn
RIGHT USF over Cinci
RIGHT Colorado over Oregon St (by double digits)
RIGHT Michigan over Indiana
WRONG Houston over Tulsa
WRONG Clemson over Syracuse
RIGHT Marshall over Old Dom (comfortably)
RIGHT NIU over Buffalo
RIGHT Ohio St over Nebraska
RIGHT Wisconsin over Purdue
2-2 straight up on ESPN Insider
RIGHT UCF-35 vs ECU
WRONG Tulane-13.5 vs FIU
WRONG Miami Fl-6 vs GT
WRONG Temple-10 vs UConn
RIGHT Navy+3.5 vs Memphis
WRONG Clemson-21 vs Syracuse
RIGHT BC+21.5 vs Louisville
RIGHT Texas+7.5 vs OU
WRONG NIU-4.5 vs Buffalo
RIGHT Minnesota+4 vs Mich St
WRONG Kansas+21.5 vs Iowa St
WRONG Kansas+22 vs Iowa St
WRONG Wisconsin-16.5 vs Purdue
RIGHT Ariz St+18 vs Washington
WRONG UNLV vs AF over 66
TIE UNLV vs AF over 64
RIGHT Ariz St+19 vs Washington
WRONG Kansas+23 vs Iowa
2-3-1 ATS on ESPN Insider

Scott Van Pelt: 5-2 ATS
WRONG KState+6 vs TCU
RIGHT LSU+7 vs Auburn
RIGHT Minnesota+4 vs Mich St
RIGHT Ariz St+18 vs Washington
RIGHT Cal+15 vs Wash St
WRONG Pitt+11 vs NC St
RIGHT Indiana+8 vs Michigan

Week 7 2017: Saturday morning #CFB Picks! #RedRiverRivalry

Good morning college football fans and welcome back.  We are up and running doing it up big this morning with all of the hot picks you need.  Check back often for the latest and greatest picks including special guest celebrities, SEC Nation, and Corso’s headgear pick!

Lee Corso:
James Madison over Villanova (Headgear pick)
Michigan over Indiana
Mich St over Minnesota
Texas over OU
USC over Utah
UNC over UVA
Navy over Memphis
Tennessee over S.Carolina
TAMU over Florida
Auburn over LSU
GT over Miami FL
KState over TCU
Georgia So+6.5 vs NM St (Super Dog)

Kirk Herbstreit:
GT over Miami FL
UVA over UNC
Auburn over LSU
Florida over TAMU
Michigan over Indiana
OU over Texas
Washington over Ariz St
USC over Utah
Navy over Memphis
S.Carolina over Tennessee
TCU over KState
James Madison over Villanova
Akron+14 vs W.Michigan (Super Dog)

Desmond Howard:
Miami FL over GT
UVA over UNC
Auburn over LSU
TAMU over Florida
Michigan over Indiana
OU over Texas
USC over Utah
Memphis over Navy
S.Carolina over Tennessee
TCU over KState
James Madison over Villanova
Ariz St+19 vs Washington (Super Dog)

Fake James Madison (Gene Wojciechowski):
UNC over UVA
Navy over Memphis
Tennessee over S.Carolina
Florida over TAMU
LSU over Auburn
GT over Miami FL
USC over Utah
KState over TCU
OU over Texas
James MAdison over Villanova

David Pollack:
GT over Miami FL
UVA over UNC
Auburn over LSU
TAMU over Florida

@GamedayJen:
Miami FL over GT
UVA over UNC
LSU over Auburn
Navy over Memphis
S.Carolina over Tennessee
Florida over TAMU
USC over Utah
TCU over KState
Texas over OU
Michigan over Indiana
James Madison over Villanova
Washington over Ariz St

Rece Davis:
UAB+4.5 vs MTSU (Super Dog)

Tim Tebow:
S.Carolina over Tennessee
Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
TAMU over Florida
Auburn over LSU
Georgia over Mizzou

Marcus Spears:
S.Carolina over Tennessee
Vanderbilt over Ole Miss
TAMU over Florida
Auburn over LSU
Georgia over Mizzou

Paul Finebaum:
S.Carolina over Tennessee
Vanderbilt over Ole Miss
Florida over TAMU
Auburn over LSU
Georgia over Mizzou

Chris Fallica: Bear’s Bank picks
Indiana+7.5 vs Michigan
Akron+14 vs W.Michigan
FIU+13 vs Tula

Phil Steele’s Saturday morning picks:
UNLV vs AF over 64
Ariz St+19 vs Washington
Kansas+23 vs Iowa

Les Miles:
GT over Miami FL
OU over Texas
LSU over Auburn

Joel Klatt:
Texas over OU
Miami FL over GT
USC over Utah
TAMU over Florida
TCU over KState
Auburn+7.5 vs LSU

Chris Doering:
Miss St over BYU
S.Carolina over Tennessee
Ole Miss over Vanderbilt
Georgia over Mizzou
TAMU over Florida
Alabama over Arkansas
Auburn over LSU

Dari Nowkhah:
TAMU over Florida
TAMU+3 vs Florida
GT+6.5 vs Miami FL
Maryland+3.5 vs NW

Dusty Dvoracek:
Okla St over Baylor
Texas+9 vs OU
Baylor+26 vs Okla St
WVU-3.5 vs TTU
TCU-7 vs KState
FSU-7 vs Duke

 

Week 1 2013: Gameday review!

It is a glorious time to be alive when College Gameday returns to Saturday mornings.  The guys were broadcasting live from the site of today’s matchup where we will see #5 Georgia visiting at #8 Clemson.  Today’s episode was special for two reasons: they started the real show an hour early (as opposed to last year on ESPNU with the B-team), and they went an extra hour today for a total of FOUR hours of coverage.  This was amazing, since we were able to touch all of the bases with all of their regular contributors.  They opened the show with Chris Fowler taking a quick moment to remember the great Beano Cook, who passed away last season.

The crowd today had some good signs, and the competition for sign of the day included such classics as “Murray has a mangina”, “I’m tied with Clowney for sacks this year”, and “I bought this sign from Manziel”.  But today’s sign of the day was undisputed, and we saw it VERY briefly during the first two or three minutes of the show.  I present it below without comment or attempting to explain it:

Week 1 Sign of the Day

Week 1 Sign of the Day

As they began analyzing today’s action, Desmond Howard was discussing today’s matchup between LSU and TCU in Arlington, Tx at the Cowboys’ Classic.  He mentioned several times today that he had questions about how well TCU would function at QB after Casey Pachall “took some time off last year to get his head right”.  As someone who happens to live in the DFW area, I can accurately translate that as “was kicked off the team for drug use and forced into rehab”.

The guys were joined early in the show by David Pollack who would be answering your questions on Twitter, as we saw the return of everyone’s favorite segment, DAVID POLLACK USING THE INTERNET!!!!  He tweeted a couple weeks ago a nasty photo of his ankle which he severely injured, so to celebrate it he had his feet kicked up with shoes off on their dining table in the Gameday bus.  I’m sure the guys all appreciated that.  Lee Corso attempted to remind the Clemson crowd that Pollack played at Georgia, but they seemed confused and instead of booing him they cheered him.  Maybe they were partaking in the pregame libations a tad early.  David Pollack also let us know that of all the new coaches in the FBS, Gus Malzahn of Auburn would have the most success.  Maybe its because he was the brains of the operation during their championship run to begin with.  We will see I guess.

David Pollack: Internet User

David Pollack: Internet User

As our main crew started discussing the individual games today, Herbie came out of nowhere with MONSTER upset picks today, calling for 3-touchdown-underdog Toledo to beat Florida IN THE SWAMP, and UL-Lafayette to take down Arkansas .  Maybe he had been partaking in the drinks with the Clemson crowd early this morning as well.  He also came out with a huge prediction by saying UL-Monroe would HANG AROUND against Oklahoma, so OU BETTER CIRCLE THE WAGONS!  HOT SPORTS OPINION!

Soon after, the gang was joined by Samantha (Steele) Ponder.  She had a nice blue dress on with a pink belt and a necklace that appeared to be made out of chain-links.  Jennifer gave it two thumbs up saying the colors were great, the belt was great, and the necklace was the highlight of it all.  We will let you, the reader decide.

Samantha Ponder, Week 1

Samantha Ponder, Week 1

Other random segments included Dabo Swinney running an indoor practice this week, where he was playing Tina Turner over the loud speakers and his players had no idea who it was.  Their guesses included Journey and KISS.  Kids these days.  Paul Finebaum came on to troll everyone outside the SEC, and also gave an unsolicited opinion that Gene Chizik is the worst coach to ever win a national championship.

We got two pieces of beatnik poetry from Tom Rinaldi today.  The first, entitled “Huddle”, was basically Tom Rinaldi narrating a slow motion huddle.  The players circle up.  They look to their leader.  The play is called.  They join hands.  They raise their voices.  They yell break.  The play begins.  Fascinating.  His second piece was entitled “Howard’s Rock” and after plastering his name on the screen for 15 of his 30 seconds, he glorified the tradition of Howard’s Rock.

Tom Rinaldi performing live

Tom Rinaldi performing live

Gene Wojciechowski had a great piece on Brad “Spider” Caldwell, who has been the Penn State equipment manager for the last 30 years or so.  He is the longest tenured member of the program after the downfall of Joe Paterno.  Spider met with Bill O’brien upon his hire, and was immediately seen as having a unique relationship with the players, as the upper classmen all had one question when O’brien took over:  Are you keeping Spider?  What is more fascinating is that Mr. Spider was born with a deformity which gave him a spine curvature of 54 degrees, and he is missing half of a shoulder blade and several ribs.  He still owns the shoes that Joe Paterno was wearing when he busted ass in the 1986 national championship game.  His wife sews the names on the back of each jersey by hand.   Pretty cool segment.  After the segment, Corso predicted another 8 win season for the Nittany Lions.

As they segued into TAMU/Johnny Manziel talk, Chris Fowler said today’s game against Rice should be an easy win, and next week’s game against Sam Houston State should be a “virtual scrimmage”.  YOU HAVE MADE A POWERFUL ENEMY TODAY FOWLER!  THAT IS THE FCS RUNNER UP THE LAST TWO YEARS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!  EAT EM UP KATS!  Anyways, the boys all agreed that Johnny Manziel and TAMU did a great job of sweeping this under the rug, and that the NCAA looks completely foolish after this scandal.  Agreed.  Corso also thinks no kid should ever be paid for an autograph until their eligibility is gone.  I agree, but this is another rant for another day.

The gang then took a minute to discuss AJ McCarron’s toe.  He had surgery this week to remove an ingrown toenail, and should be fine for today’s game even after wearing a walking boot this week.  Jennifer found this suspicious, and declared that SOMETHING ELSE IS GOING ON WITH MCCARRON’S TOE!  *Insert ominous tone*

Bald Man on Campus returned with Scott Van Pelt.  It was a really funny segment that started off with SVP pumping up the crowd by yelling “DO YOU BELIEVE IN CLEMSON?” before declaring that he does not believe in Clemson.  His video clip started with him sitting on a dock at a lake at sunset pondering his beliefs in life while reading Clemson media guides.  He was seeking a sign to believe in Clemson.  After going around town and seeing signs pointing towards Clemson all over (Frosted Flake’s w/ Tony the Tiger, a Clemson glee club singing the school song wherever he went, and so on) he interviewed Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins and they convinced him that Clemson is a team to believe in this year.  Good segment.

There was another really cool segment today about George Whitfield, the QB guru to the stars.  He has worked with almost 30 FBS QBs this year alone including Tajh Boyd, AJ McCarron, and Johnny Manziel, as well as names from the past such as Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger.  He takes a unique approach by including unusual drills in teaching mobility and conditioning in addition to working on mechanics.  He has his students go to the beach where he has them do QB drills in sand and in the ocean water to master moving on uneven and rough surfaces.  He chases them with brooms and tennis rackets to try and block their passes.  He has them dodge beanbags he throws at them.  He says that you must go outside of your own industry to find ways to expand the players’ skillsets in these unique ways, which is how his students are so successful.  He may charge big bucks for the pros, but its only a hundred bucks an hour for student athletes to work with him.  That’s still pretty pricey for some of us,  but pretty cool that he makes himself affordable to student athletes.

The last major segment was a Tom Rinaldi special (AKA the Tim Tebow memorial feelgood story of the week).  He told the story of how AJ McCarron met a young girl named Starla Chapman, and the bond they share.  McCarron was in a waverunner accident when he was young, and suffered severe head trauma.  His parents were told he would likely not survive, and if he did he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life.  He survived after many surgeries, recovered, and turned into the studly Alabama QB we all now know.  In December 2011, in the same hospital, he met Starla who was diagnosed with AML at age 3.  She gave him a “Just Trust” bracelet, which he wore during the championship game against LSU that year, and he continues to wear it to this day during games.  Starla went into cardiac arrest 6 days before that championship game, and her family watched from the hospital while doctors said she would likely not make it.  She however made a full recovery and has been cancer free for two years, and AJ has recently agreed to be her godfather.  Great story and a good segment.

But let’s get down to business.  You came here for picks, and they made some picks.  Today’s special guest picker was Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family, who we have seen before.  Eric’s previous appearance as a guest picker in 2011 didn’t go too well, as he ended up 2-7 on the week.  Good luck Eric, maybe this time will be better.  They took a minute to highlight NDSU upsetting KState since he is a huge KState fan, but he wasn’t here to discuss that.  They picked games and you can find all of that in this morning’s post.  When it came time for the headgear pick, Corso baited the crowd by saying that he went 0-2 last year picking live dogs on the set, so he was done with dogs.  Instead, he put on the Georgia headgear and had some live puppies brought to the desk as he confirmed that Georgia will be beating Clemson tonight.  Enjoy your day.

Week 1 Headgear pick!

Week 1 Headgear pick!