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By Tony Gerdeman

I'm not sure if ESPN gave last weekend a hip nickname or not. A good one probably would have been 'Road Test Weekend', but since they used it the week before, what are you gonna do?

They say you should make hay while the sun is shining, and for most of the pickers, the sun was shining plenty. In fact for a few of us, we even had some daylight saving time to work with.

Only one picker was under .500. I'll give you two guesses as to who it was. Yep, it was Mark May! It was the third time in four weeks that he failed to be over .500.

I went back and corrected David Pollack's picks from week three. According to Erin Andrews he went 5-2 that week. I have no choice but to believe her.

I was thinking about dropping Howard Griffith from this list because he only picks Big Ten games, and ESPN doesn't really pay attention to non-conference Big Ten games. But now that conference play is started, Griffith will have more games in the mix. He'll still finish with the lowest number of games picked though. So if he and I end up tied for having the best percentage, I will totally drop him from this list.

Easiest Pick

Oklahoma over Missouri. I feel bad for the pickers who didn't get to pick this game. It was free money. Poor Mark May. Though he probably would have picked Missouri.

Toughest Pick

Florida State at Clemson. Eight pickers chose Clemson and seven took Florida State. Honorable mention goes to USC at Arizona State, as eight pickers sided with the Sun Devils and five of us went with the stupid Trojans.

Best Pick

Those of us who picked Oklahoma State over Texas A&M. That group consists of me, Dr. Lou, Lee Corso and Chris Martin. I smell a Canasta game brewing! Seriously, I don't know whether to be proud of this pick, or embarrassed by it. I guess I should just be relieved that Mark May took the Aggies.

Worst Pick

Well, it's between Mark May's pick of Arkansas over Alabama (he was the only one to pick the Razorbacks), and Mark May's pick of Vanderbilt over South Carolina (he was the only one to pick the Commodores). There's also Mark May's pick of Pittsburgh over Notre Dame (he was the only one to pick the Panthers), though since that game was close, I can't really put it up there with the other two. May's picks were so bad that they completely overshadowed the fact that Lou Holtz was the only picker to take West Virginia over LSU.

Best Week

I don't want to brag, but I had the best week with a 10-1 record. The only game I missed was USC at Arizona State. I'll be honest with you, I'm always going to miss that game. I'll pick Arizona State over USC the day they pry my keyboard from my cold dead hands.

Worst Week

Duh. Mark May. The clown prince of ESPNery went 2-4 on the week. I no longer believe that he is actually trying to get picks right, but I have no idea what his end game is. I refuse to believe it's ratings, because what kind of ratings can that dude pull in?

Quotable

“Childs, Hamilton, Adams and Wright. It's not a law firm, those are the wide receivers from Arkansas. And in this game they will be spectacular... They'll find a way to win this game.” – Mark May.  Together they produced 13 catches for 99 yards. A spectacular 7.6 yards per reception!

“I'm going with West Virginia. I was born in that state!” – Lou Holtz.  Suddenly it all becomes so clear.

“This is what I call a 'roster game', and by 'roster game' I mean at halftime the first team will go into the showers if they break a sweat. People are going to have to buy a football program to find out who is in the game for Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a great football team, ladies and gentleman. Yeah, they turned the ball over a couple of times, but they are as talented as anybody in the country and very well coached.” – Lou Holtz.  There's nothing else that I can add to this.

“I've got A&M, you know why? Post-3:35 a.m. Syndrome. Oklahoma State played until 3:35 in the morning the week before. They can't recover.” – Gerry DiNardo.  Yeah, because college kids can't recover from being out and about until 3:35 on a Saturday night the week before.

Notable

ESPN went 40-17 (70%). If you take Herbstreit and May out of that, they went 32-8 (80%).

Mark May (45%) and Kirk Herbstreit (46%) are the only two pickers under .500 right now.

I think it's pretty clear that Lee Corso allows himself to be swayed nearly entirely by his researchers, whereas Kirk Herbstreit relies too much on his eyes and his preformed — and malformed — opinions.

 

LSU at WVU

ND at Pitt

Arkansas at Alabama

Okie St. at TAMU

Vandy at South Carolina

FSU at Clemson

USC at ASU

Oregon at Arizona

SDSU at Michigan

UNC at GT

UCLA at Oregon State

Mizzou at Okla

UGA at Ole Miss

David Pollack

LSU

ND

Bama

TAMU

USC

Clemson

ASU

Lou Holtz

WVU

ND

Bama

OSU

USC

Clemson

Mark May

LSU

Pitt

Ark

TAMU

Vandy

Clemson

Desmond Howard

LSU

Bama

Clemson

USC

Oregon

Michigan

OU

Lee Corso

LSU

ND

Bama

OSU

FSU

ASU

Oregon

Michigan

GT

OSU

OU

Kirk Herbstreit

ND

Bama

TAMU

FSU

USC

Oregon

Michigan

UNC

OSU

OU

UGA

Pat Forde

LSU

ND

Bama

TAMU

Clemson

USC

SDSU

GT

OU

Bruce Feldman

LSU

Bama

TAMU

USC

FSU

USC

Oregon

Michigan

UNC

OU

Dennis Dodd

LSU

Bama

TAMU

USC

Clemson

ASU

Oregon

Michigan

GT

OU

Stewart Mandel

LSU

Bama

TAMU

USC

FSU

ASU

SDSU

GT

OU

Matt Hayes

LSU

ND

Bama

TAMU

USC

FSU

ASU

SDSU

GT

OU

Tony Gerdeman

LSU

ND

Bama

OSU

USC

Clemson

USC

Oregon

Michigan

GT

OU

Gerry Dinardo

LSU

ND

Bama

TAMU

FSU

ASU

Michigan

Howard Griffith

Michigan

Teddy Greenstein

LSU

ND

Bama

TAMU

Clemson

ASU

Chris Martin

LSU

ND

Bama

OSU

FSU

ASU

Cumulative Results

Record for the Week

Record for the Year

Dennis Dodd

9-1

26-6 (81%)

Tony Gerdeman

10-1

29-7 (81%)

Gerry Dinardo

5-2

19-5 (79%)

Lou Holtz

5-1

15-4 (79%)

Chris Martin

5-1

14-4 (78%)

Howard Griffith

1-0

6-2 (75%)

Bruce Feldman

6-4

25-9 (74%)

Desmond Howard

6-1

19-8 (70%)

David Pollack

6-1

20-9 (69%)

Matt Hayes

7-3

22-10 (69%)

Lee Corso

9-2

25-12 (68%)

Teddy Greenstein

5-1

12-6 (67%)

Pat Forde

6-3

18-11 (62%)

Stewart Mandel

6-3

20-14 (59%)

Kirk Herbstreit

6-5

16-19 (46%)

Mark May

2-4

9-11 (45%)

 

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