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By Tony Gerdeman

If LSU – Alabama was the Game of the Century last week, then I guess last week was the Week of the Century. That, of course, then makes these the Picks of the Century. It's just too bad we didn't get a chance to build up the necessary hype. Maybe in January we can have a rematch of these picks. It's only fair.

Everybody was over .500 this week, and some of us were over by quite a bit. There were two undefeated pickers (Desmond Howard and Gerry DiNardo) and three others who missed just one game. But since one of those three was Mark May, the data obviously doesn't mean much.

As something that may only be important to me, I've found myself growing angrier and angrier at Dennis Dodd because he just refuses to move out of first place, and I now worry about my picks, which I never have before. Generally, I only made people pay attention to me when I got stuff right. Now I'm paying attention even when I have nothing to brag about. The bottom line is that I want this championship, but Dodd just won't have a bad week. The worst part is that if he does, I know I'll have one too.

I guess I could just drop him from the list if he doesn't start missing picks soon.

Easiest Pick

The easiest pick also belongs to the most exciting game of the weekend. Of the twelve pickers who picked the Kansas State – Oklahoma State game, all twelve took the Cowboys. Talk about luck making you look smart, Okie State won 52-45 and there were four touchdowns scored in the final six minutes of the game.

Toughest Pick

This was the Toughest Pick of the Century. Of the fourteen pickers who picked this game, eight of them took Alabama and six took LSU. Shame on those of us who took Alabama and expected a stupid kicker to make his stupid kicks.

Best Pick

Dennis Dodd (grrrrrr) and Bruce Feldman share it this week with their pick of UCLA over Arizona State. The other four analysts who picked this game all took Arizona State. I chose to stay away from it, so I should probably get some credit for that.

Worst Pick

All fourteen pickers picked the South Carolina – Arkansas game, and all but two selected the Razorbacks. Lou Holtz took the Gamecocks because they were his most recent team, and Teddy Greenstein took the Gamecocks because, like I said last week, he's thinking like Chris Martin. And that's dangerous.

Best Week

Congrats go out to Desmond Howard, who finished 7-0 on the week. Though to be fair, I may have missed his Michigan – Iowa pick, and I think we know where he would've fallen on that one.

Worst Week

In a week with nobody under the Herbdoza line, Lou Holtz actually wins the worst week with a 3-2 record. His loyalty to South Carolina cost him, but to his credit he was one of the six who took LSU. It should be mentioned that Kirk Herbstreit was 6-4, which carries with it the same 60% pick rate that Holtz's does, but the low man always wins contests like these.

Quotable

“That was like hitting the Powerball. Once in a lifetime.” – Mark May on Texas Tech's win over Oklahoma last month. I would disagree. Beating Oklahoma is more of a Pick Three game, and you can win “straight” or “box”.

“Where's the love for Butch Jones?” – Desmond Howard admonishing voters for not having Cincinnati in the Top 25. This is neither here nor there, but one day I'm gonna have a band and our first release will be a concept album and it will be called “Where's the Love for Butch Jones”. It will be like Willie Nelson's “Red Headed Stranger”, except it will have heavier bass lines and probably not be about a cowboy who shoots people for trying to take his dead wife's horse. But it might. I haven't worked it all out yet.

“Pittsburgh is a great football team.” – Mark May. I will leave this to stand on its own.

“I'm a big fan of the Wolverine. They're a distant cousin of the panther, and I like their claws. And that's why I'm gonna pick Michigan.” – guest Gameday picker Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants. I got nothin' else to add.

“UCLA has great weather, good seating and a bad team. ASU...the women are hot.” – Brian Wilson. Once again, I have nothing to add. Perhaps I can add something on to the next one.

“Never bet against the Cocks!” – Brian Wilson. Let's just move on...

Notable

Anybody else wondering why the Gameday fellas didn't pick three pretty big games in the Big XII? They picked Missouri at Baylor, but left Texas Tech at Texas, A&M at Oklahoma and Kansas State at Oklahoma State alone. I understand why they're not picking Big Ten games, but why do they have to shun the Big XII. Especially if they're going to pick Big East and Pac Twelve games. Maybe they're trying to eliminate tough picks? Cowards.

If Mark May had gotten one more pick right, he would have moved ahead of Stewart Mandel. The pressure has to be getting to Mandel something fierce. Every pick he's probably second guessing himself. My advice to him would be to simply empty your mind. Close your eyes. Pick up a dart. Throw the dart, and go with whatever team that dart lands on. Mark May will never catch you if you do it this way.

David Pollack and Desmond Howard—both featured on the early edition of ESPN's Gameday, went a combined 12-1 (92%) last week. Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso combined to go 14-6 (70%).

Overall, the fourteen pickers went a combined 81-24 (77%).

 

 

LSU at Bama

Mich at Iowa

Cuse at UConn

Vandy at UF

UC at Pitt

Mizzou at Baylor

So. Car at Ark

ASU at UCLA

ND at Wake

TT at Texas

KSU at OSU

TAMU at Okla

Oregon at Wash

David Pollack

Bama

UF

UC

Arkansas

OSU

Okla

Lou Holtz

LSU

UC

So. Car

TT

OSU

Mark May

Bama

UC

Arkansas

Texas

OSU

Desmond Howard

LSU

UF

UC

Arkansas

OSU

Okla

Oregon

Lee Corso

LSU

Iowa

Cuse

UF

UC

Baylor

Arkansas

ASU

ND

Oregon

Kirk Herbstreit

Bama

Iowa

Cuse

Vandy

UC

Baylor

Arkansas

ASU

ND

Oregon

Bruce Feldman

Bama

Mich

Pitt

Arkansas

UCLA

OSU

Okla

Oregon

Dennis Dodd

Bama

Iowa

UC

Arkansas

UCLA

OSU

Okla

Oregon

Stewart Mandel

Bama

Iowa

Arkansas

ASU

ND

Texas

OSU

Okla

Oregon

Matt Hayes

LSU

Iowa

UC

Arkansas

ASU

OSU

TAMU

Oregon

Tony Gerdeman

Bama

Iowa

UF

Pitt

Baylor

Arkansas

ND

Texas

OSU

Okla

Oregon

Gerry DiNardo

LSU

Iowa

Arkansas

ND

OSU

Oregon

Teddy Greenstein

LSU

Mich

So. Car

ND

OSU

Oregon

Chris Martin

Bama

Mich

Arkansas

ND

OSU

Oregon

 

Cumulative Results

 

Record for the Week

Record for the Year

Dennis Dodd (CBS)

7-1

66-21 (76%)

David Pollack (ESPN)

5-1

46-16 (74%)

Tony Gerdeman

9-2

72-26 (73%)

Gerry DiNardo (BTN)

6-0

45-17 (73%)

Desmond Howard (ESPN)

7-0

56-22 (72%)

Chris Martin (BTN)

4-2

36-15 (71%)

Lou Holtz (ESPN)

3-2

38-18 (68%)

Bruce Feldman (CBS)

5-3

60-29 (67%)

Matt Hayes (TSN)

6-2

54-29 (65%)

Teddy Greenstein (BTN)

4-2

33-18 (65%)

Stewart Mandel (SI)

7-2

56-31 (64%)

Mark May (ESPN)

4-1

35-20 (64%)

Lee Corso (ESPN)

8-2

63-37 (63%)

Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN)

6-4

54-42 (56%)

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