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By Tony Gerdeman

Looking at the picks below, there were an awful lot of analysts who were wrong about the same games. Both the Wisconsin at Ohio State and Clemson at Georgia Tech games only had one picker pick those games correctly. In doing so, they ruined the curve. They are jerks.

For the fifth week in a row there was a game that was incorrectly picked by everyone who picked it. Six pickers took Texas A&M over Missouri, and all six went home shockingly disappointed. I, of course, picked NOT to pick that game. It's called “Pickers Prerogative”. It's a real thing now.

The most interesting pick of the week was the Florida – Georgia game. Despite a seemingly even matchup at a neutral site, of the thirteen pickers who selected this game, all thirteen took the Bulldogs over the Gators. Apparently they all have something against decided schematic advantages.

Don't look now, but the analysts on Earth's preeminent college football show, ESPN College Gameday, are now bringing up the rear with their picks this season. They're coming to your cit-ayyy and they're bringing their bad guesses with them. Hide your children who bet on college football.

Easiest Pick

Everybody chose Georgia over the Florida Gators. The fact that Georgia was only favored by a field goal or so, yet nobody thought the Gators had a chance in this game speaks volumes to the nation's opinion on Will Muschamp's team. Also, a hat tip to Joe Paterno, who outcoached Ron Zook last week by staying out of the way and letting Zook coach himself to a loss. Brilliant strategy by the old master, and we all saw it coming.

Toughest Pick

The toughest pick last week was probably Michigan State at Nebraska. Everybody had to weigh what they had seen of both teams with which Sparty would show up on the road. Only four pickers picked this game correctly, which means that they didn't let Sparty's kevorka affect them.

Best Pick

We're splitting it this week. Chris Martin gets a nod here for the second week in a row because he was the only picker to take Ohio State over Wisconsin. While most everybody thought it would be close, he was the only one to pull the trigger. But as I told you last week, he's a notorious underdog taker, so how much credit can he really be given for this? He also took USC over Stanford, and imagine the nightmare had that game turned out differently. The best pick of the week should probably go to the struggling Stewart Mandel who was the only picker to take Georgia Tech over Clemson. What did he see that everybody else missed? A calendar. It was late October and this is Clemson. Kudos, Stewart.

Worst Pick

Teddy Greenstein gets it this week for choosing Kansas State over Oklahoma. He was the only analyst to take the Wildcats last week. You almost can't blame the man. He sits next to Chris Martin week after week, and now he's started to pick up some of Martin's picking mannerisms. So sad.

Best Week

Stewart Mandel had the best week, going 9-1 and only missing the Wisconsin – Ohio State game. Not only did Mandel not fall for Sparty, but he also correctly predicted the Clemsonal Equinox. The man is a witch. It happened at the very best time for him because he was starting to fall into “Gameday Territory”, which is like the black hole of picking. Not even light can escape it.

Worst Week

Teddy Greenstein went 2-4 last week to secure this honor. Greenstein's folly is a warning for us all: Friends don't let friends pick like Chris Martin. (No, the fact that Martin is an impressive fourth in the standings is not lost on me.)

Quotable

“I have to go with Michigan State and this is the reason why: Michigan State beat Wisconsin. Wisconsin drubbed Nebraska.” – Lou Holtz. Ah yes, the transitive property. It's like the rock in Rock, Paper, Scissors, except scissors can also beat it.

“I'm going with Southern Cal. Anybody that can beat the Irish has to be awfully good!” – Lou Holtz. At this point, Holtz is just going through the motions. He's like a one-hit wonder who has seven other albums that don't have his one hit, and so when he plays shows he's got this vast catalog to pull from, but all people want to hear is his one song about Notre Dame.

“Georgia Tech is one dimensional, and that dimension's not very good. I'm taking Clemson.” – Gerry DiNardo. I liked that line well enough to include it here. The fact that he got the pick wrong is just coincidence.

“I think Wisconsin's the better team, but I'm thinking maybe Ohio State has the better attitude. Whoever has the better attitude wins the game.” – Gerry DiNardo. I like this thought process from DiNardo, but I wonder if he actually stuck to it when picking the Badgers.

“This game won't be as close as many people think.” – Mark May. That was what he said following his incorrect pick of Clemson over Georgia Tech. I have nothing further to add.

“As long as Kirk Cousins doesn't have one of his four customary regression games per season, I just don't see how the Spartans lose.” – Tony Gerdeman. Cousins had by far his worst game of the season. This should count as a correct pick for me.

“It's eventually going to happen—Clemson is going to lose. and this is as good a week as any. I really wish that I didn't have to pick this game because I know I'm going to get it wrong. I'm foolishly taking Clemson even though I totally know they're going to lose.” – Tony Gerdeman. I need to start another leaderboard for people who are right about being wrong. I'd probably be at the top of that list.

Notable

Dennis Dodd and I are both 39 games over .500, though I have picked eight more games than he has. Kirk Herbstreit is only ten games over .500, and he has picked one fewer games than I have.

ESPN went 28-21 (57%) last week. CBS went 13-9 (59%). BTN went 9-10 (47%), which made them the only entity to finish the week under the Herbdoza Line.

 

 

MSU at Neb

Wisc at OSU

Clem at GT

Okla at KSU

Stan at USC

Florida v. UGA

WVU at Rut

Illinois at PSU

Cal at UCLA

So. Car. at Tenn

Mizz at TAMU

Baylor at OSU

David Pollack

MSU

Wisc

Clem

Okla

Stan

UGA

S. Car

Lou Holtz

MSU

Clem

Okla

USC

UGA

Mark May

MSU

Clem

Okla

Stan

UGA

Desmond Howard

MSU

Wisc

Clem

Okla

Stan

WVU

PSU

TAMU

OSU

Lee Corso

Neb

Wisc

Clem

Okla

Stan

UGA

Rut

PSU

UCLA

S. Car

TAMU

OSU

Kirk Herbstreit

MSU

Wisc

Clem

Okla

UGA

WVU

PSU

Cal

S. Car

TAMU

OSU

Bruce Feldman

Neb

Wisc

Clem

Okla

USC

UGA

WVU

PSU

Tenn

TAMU

OSU

Dennis Dodd

Neb

Wisc

Clem

Okla

Stan

UGA

WVU

PSU

Tenn

TAMU

OSU

Stewart Mandel

Neb

Wisc

GT

Okla

Stan

UGA

WVU

PSU

S. Car

OSU

Matt Hayes

MSU

Wisc

Clem

Okla

Stan

UGA

Rut

PSU

TAMU

OSU

Tony Gerdeman

MSU

Wisc

Clem

Okla

Stan

UGA

WVU

PSU

S. Car

OSU

Gerry DiNardo

MSU

Wisc

Clem

Okla

Stan

UGA

PSU

Teddy Greenstein

MSU

Wisc

Clem

KSU

Stan

UGA

Chris Martin

MSU

OSU

Clem

Okla

USC

UGA

 

Cumulative Standings

 

Record for the Week

Record for the Year

Dennis Dodd (CBS)

7-4

59-20 (75%)

David Pollack (ESPN)

4-3

41-15 (73%)

Tony Gerdeman

7-3

63-24 (72%)

Chris Martin (BTN)

3-3

32-13 (71%)

Gerry DiNardo (BTN)

4-3

39-17 (70%)

Desmond Howard (ESPN)

5-4

49-22 (69%)

Lou Holtz (ESPN)

2-3

35-16 (69%)

Bruce Feldman (CBS)

6-5

55-26 (68%)

Teddy Greenstein (BTN)

2-4

29-16 (64%)

Matt Hayes (TSN)

5-5

48-27 (64%)

Stewart Mandel (SI)

9-1

49-29 (63%)

Mark May (ESPN)

3-2

31-19 (62%)

Lee Corso (ESPN)

8-4

55-35 (61%)

Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN)

6-5

48-38 (56%)

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