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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  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%

2017-18 CFB Playoff picks! #Alabama #Clemson #Oklahoma #Georgia

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen.  It is time for the annual tradition of the GAMEDAY COLE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PICK MEGAPOST!  I’ll be tracking everyone I can find with their official playoff predictions in this post, and updating as more come in.  I’ve dated each pick from when it came in, so if you see a more recent pick than I’ve got then go with the more recent pick.  Enjoy.


Andrea Adelson: ACC picks
Clemson over Alabama

Skip Bayless: Undisputed 1/1
Clemson over Alabama 21-17
OU over Georgia 30-24

Mack Brown: Championship drive 12/3
Clemson over Alabama
OU over Georgia
Clemson vs OU in championship

Gene Chizik: Bowl Mania Special 12/10
Alabama to win Championship
Alabama over Clemson (3)
OU over Georgia (2)

Lee Corso: Gameday 1/1
OU over Georgia (headgear pick)
Alabama over Clemson

Stanford Steve Coughlin: ESPN Chalk
Georgia-2 vs OU
Alabama-3 vs Clemson

Colin Cowherd: The Herd 12/25
OU over Georgia (“by a touchdown”)
Alabama over Clemson (“by a touchdown or more”)
OU to win championship over Alabama

Tim Cowlishaw: 12/26
OU+2 vs Georgia
Clemson+3 vs Alabama

Chris Doering:
Alabama over Clemson
Georgia over OU

Brad Edwards: ESPN Radio preview 12/29
Georgia over OU
Clemson over Alabama

Chris Fallica: Behind the Bets 12/28
Georgia-2 vs OU
Clemson+3 vs Alabama (Clemson outright)
Georgia-2.5 vs OU (Bear’s Bank 1/1)
Clemson over Alabama (Sportscenter 1/1)
Georgia over Alabama (Sportscenter 1/1)

Bruce Feldman:
Oklahoma over Georgia
Clemson over Alabama
OU over Clemson in championship

Paul Finebaum: SEC Nation 1/1
Georgia over OU
Alabama over Clemson

Pat Forde: Forde Yard Dash 12/12
Georgia over OU
Clemson over Alabama
Clemson over Georgia

Georgia over OU
Clemson over Alabama

Joey Galloway:
Georgia over OU (Orange Bowl halftime 12/30)
Clemson over Alabama (College Gameday 1/1)

Mike Golic: Twitter 1/1
Georgia over OU
Alabama over Clemson

Mike Greenberg: Facebook live 1/1
Clemson over Alabama
OU over Georgia

Kirk Herbstreit: Gameday 1/1
Clemson over Alabama

Desmond Howard: Gameday 1/1
Clemson over Alabama
Georgia over OU

Danny Kanell: Off the Bench 12/29
OU over Georgia
Clemson over Alabama

Joel Klatt: Breaking the Huddle 12/13
OU over Georgia
Alabama over Clemson
OU over Alabama in championship

Greg McElroy: SEC Nation 1/1
Georgia over OU
Alabama over Clemson

Booger McFarland: ESPN Radio preview 12/29
Georgia over OU
Clemson over Alabama (Sportscenter 1/1)
Clemson over Georgia

Todd McShay: Champ Drive 12/3
OU over Georgia
Alabama over Clemson
OU over Alabama

Les Miles: Les is More 12/31
Georgia over OU
Alabama over Clemson

Jesse Palmer:
Clemson over Alabama (College Gameday 1/1)
OU over Georgia (Orange Bowl halftime 12/30)
Clemson over OU in championship (CFB Playoff selection show 12/3)

Rufus Peabody: Bet the Process 12/14
Alabama-2.5 vs Clemson
UNOFFICIAL PICKS for his dinner bet with Jeff Ma (BTP 12/28)
OU+2.5 vs Georgia
Alabama-3 vs Clemson

David Pollack: Championship Drive 12/3
Georgia over OU (College Gameday 1/1)
Alabama over Clemson (College Gameday 1/1)
Georgia over Alabama in championship

Mark Schlabach: picks
Georgia over OU
Clemson over Alabama
Georgia over Clemson

Marcus Spears: SEC Nation 1/1
Georgia over OU
Clemson over Alabama

Phil Steele: Strong as Steele 12/28
Alabama-3 vs Clemson
OU+2 vs Georgia (winner is a tossup)

Matt Stinchcomb:
Alabama over Clemson
Georgia over OU

Clint Stoerner: Twitter 12/26
Alabama over Clemson
Alabama in championship

Tim Tebow: SEC Nation 1/1
OU over Georgia
Alabama over Clemson

Jonathan Vilma: Bowl Mania Special 12/10
Georgia over OU
Clemson over Alabama
Clemson over Georgia

Andre Ware:
Georgia over OU (CFB Live 12/13)
Clemson over Alabama (Raycom Camellia Bowl 12/16)

Trey Wingo: twitter 1/1
Georgia over OU
Clemson over Alabama

2017-18 Bowl Season: #BOWLMANIA picks and ATS plays from Rufus Peabody!

Rufus Peabody dropped his Bet the Process podcast with Jeff Ma today and dropped some picks on us in the PROCESS.  I’ll be tracking his official plays against the spread, bowl picks, and his picks ATS for a dinner bet with Jeff Ma separately.  Take what you want and leave the rest.

Rufus Peabody: Twitter 12/13
Arizona-3.5 vs Purdue
Troy-6.5 vs UNT
Army+7 vs SDSU
VT+4.5 vs Okla StScreenshot 2017-12-15 07.32.28

Bet the Process Plays 12/14:
Alabama-2.5 vs Clemson
Troy-6/-7 vs UNT

Unofficial plays against Jeff Ma:
Troy-7 vs UNT
WKU-6.5 vs Georgia St
Boise St+7.5 vs Oregon
CSU-5.5 vs Marshall
Akron+22.5 vs FIU
LT+5 vs SMU
Temple-7 vs FIU

Unofficial plays against Jeff Ma 12/21:
TTU+2.5 vs USF
UAB+7 vs Ohio
C.Michigna+3 vs Wyoming
Army+6 vs SDSU
App St+7 vs Toledo
Houston-2.5 vs Fresno St
Utah-6.5 vs WVU
Duke-5 vs NIU
UCLA+2 vs KState
FSU-16.5 vs S.Miss
BC+2.5 vs Iowa
Arizona-3.5 vs Purdue
Texas+2.5 vs Missouri
UVA+1 vs Navy
VT+4 vs Okla St
TCU+2.5 vs Stanford
WAsh St-1.5 vs Mich St

Updated picks against Jeff Ma 12/29 (if he HAD To play them)
TAMU+3.5 vs Wake Forest
Ariz St+7 vs NC St
Kentucky+9 vs NW
Utah St-4 vs NM St
Ohio St-7.5 vs USC
Miss St+6.5 vs Louisville
Iowa St+4 vs Memphis
Washington+2 vs Penn St
Wisconsin-4.5 vs Miami FL
S.Carolina+7.5 vs Michigan
Auburn-9.5 vs UCF
LSU-3 vs ND
OU+2.5 vs Georgia
Alabama-3 vs Clemson