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Lee Corso's most-picked 'College GameDay' teams

  • Lee Corso's most-picked 'College GameDay' teams

    Lee Corso has been a staple on ESPN’s “College GameDay” since it first aired in 1987, making more than 1,700 correct predictions in his 30-plus years on the broadcast. It wasn’t until Oct. 5, 1996, though, that a college football tradition was born when Corso got the idea to wear the Brutus Buckeye head while delivering his pick of Ohio State.

    Since that fateful day, Corso has successfully donned the winning mascot head 224 times while losing just 120 through Nov. 7, 2019. Stacker compiled a list of the teams Lee Corso has picked the most on “College GameDay” using data from GamedayCole.com. Colleges are ranked by the number of picks, and ties are broken by the most recent pick.

    Along with each team, you’ll find information about Corso’s overall record when selecting that team, as well as the last time he picked them, and how they did in that game. Each slide also contains a little history about each college program, as well as more significant times Corso has picked them.

    Corso, who played quarterback for Florida State in the 1950s and was college roommates with Burt Reynolds, suffered a stroke in 2009. Despite needing help from his friends to get through broadcasts, the 84-year-old doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon. “I go to the best game of the weekend and talk football—and they pay me... Why the hell would I leave something like this?” he said, per the AP, on the eve of the 2017 season.

    Keep reading to find out Lee Corso’s most-picked “College GameDay” teams.

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  • #25. Michigan State

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 4
    - Record picking team to win: 3-1
    - Most recent pick: Dec. 5, 2015 vs. Iowa
    - Most recent result: Michigan State 16 - Iowa 13

    The only loss on Corso’s record when picking Michigan State to win came at the hands of Ohio State near the end of the 2014 season. Ten months prior, Corso scored a win when he donned the Spartan head before their 24-20 victory over Stanford at the 2014 Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. Corso is 0-3 since 2014 when picking against the Spartans, who have been led by head coach Mark Dantonio since 2007, who became the school’s all-time winningest coach in 2019.

  • #24. Oklahoma State

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 4
    - Record picking team to win: 1-3
    - Most recent pick: Nov. 4, 2017 vs. Oklahoma
    - Most recent result: Oklahoma 62 - Oklahoma State 52

    Corso has had a tough time picking Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Series, going 0-3 in the Cowboys’ annual game against in-state rival Oklahoma. Future Heisman Trophy winner and #1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield threw for 598 yards to spoil Corso’s most recent pick of the Cowboys in a record-setting meeting between the two in 2017. A 2013 victory over Baylor was Oklahoma State’s lone win on Corso’s behalf.

  • #23. Nebraska

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 5
    - Record picking team to win: 3-2
    - Most recent pick: Oct. 1, 2011 vs. Wisconsin
    - Most recent result: Wisconsin 48 - Nebraska 17

    Nebraska, led by head coach Tom Osborne, captured three national titles in four years from 1994 to 1997 and is considered among the best teams ever. Corso started well picking the Cornhuskers, going 3-0 from 1998 until the end of 2001, including a pair of victories over Notre Dame. Miami spoiled his perfect start by crushing Nebraska, 37-14, in the 2002 BCS National Championship Game, and Wisconsin put him on a two-game losing street nine years later with a 48-17 drubbing of the Huskers in 2011.

  • #22. Kansas State

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 5
    - Record picking team to win: 1-4
    - Most recent pick: Dec. 6, 2014 vs. Baylor
    - Most recent result: Baylor 38 - Kansas State 27

    Corso’s lone victory picking Kansas State came on Nov. 14, 1998, when the Wildcats beat Nebraska, 40-30, to end their 29-game losing streak against the Cornhuskers. Four straight Corso losses have ensued since “College GameDay” first visited Manhattan, Kan., including a 27-24 loss to eventual national champion Oklahoma in the 2000 Big 12 Championship game. Most recently, Baylor dispatched K-State, 38-27, in the final week of the 2014 regular season.

  • #21. Stanford

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 5
    - Record picking team to win: 4-1
    - Most recent pick: Jan. 1, 2016 vs. Iowa
    - Most recent result: Stanford 45 - Iowa 16

    Future NFL star Christian McCaffrey amassed 368 all-purpose yards as Stanford throttled Iowa in the 2016 Rose Bowl to prove Corso correct in his most recent selection. The lone blemish on Corso’s Cardinal record came at the hands of Oregon in 2011, 10 months after correctly picking them over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. The Cardinal have won two national championships in their history, long before Corso’s time, most recently in 1940, and also 1926 under the leadership of legendary coach Pop Warner.

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  • #20. Tennessee

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 5
    - Record picking team to win: 3-2
    - Most recent pick: Sept. 10, 2016 vs. Virginia Tech
    - Most recent result: Tennessee 45 - Virginia Tech 24

    Tennessee claims six national titles on its resume, including the undefeated 1998 team, which defeated Florida State 23-16 in the Fiesta Bowl. Corso incorrectly picked the Seminoles in that game, with Vols quarterback Tee Martin tossing two touchdown passes for Tennessee’s first crown since 1951. Corso moved over the .500 mark while picking Tennessee thanks to a 45-24 whitewashing of Virginia Tech early in the 2016 season. That game, at Bristol Motor Speedway, set an NCAA attendance record, with 156,990 fans watching the Vols respond from a 14-0 deficit for the convincing victory.

  • #19. TCU

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 5
    - Record picking team to win: 5-0
    - Most recent pick: Oct. 7, 2017 vs. West Virginia
    - Most recent result: TCU 31 - West Virginia 24

    Corso is unbeaten when he pulls the Horned Frog over his head, going 5-0 since first picking Texas Christian over BYU in 2009. TCU would crush Utah three weeks later, and again less than a year later to keep Corso unblemished when choosing the private college in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to defeat West Virginia in 2014 on Corso’s behalf, and in 2017, victimized the Mountaineers once again to remain one of only two teams Corso has picked at least five times without a loss.

  • #18. Georgia

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 5
    - Record picking team to win: 1-4
    - Most recent pick: Sept. 21, 2019 vs. Notre Dame
    - Most recent result: Georgia 23 - Notre Dame 17

    Despite three SEC Championship Game victories on its resume, Georgia didn’t reward Corso with his first victory until the 2019 season, a 23-17 win over Notre Dame. The University of Georgia football traces back to the mid-1890s and was the first job for legendary coach Glenn “Pop” Warner, who simultaneously served as a co-coach at Iowa State. The Dawgs have claimed two national titles, in 1942 and the unexpectedly undefeated 1980 team, led by freshman and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker.

  • #17. Auburn

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 6
    - Record picking team to win: 4-2
    - Most recent pick: Sept. 18, 2010 vs. Clemson
    - Most recent result: Auburn 27 - Clemson 24

    Auburn kicker Wes Byrum booted a field goal in overtime to give the Tigers a 27-24 overtime victory over Clemson the last time Corso picked them. A few months later, Byrum and Auburn would deal Corso a loss, with the kicker nailing a game-winner as time expired in the BCS National Championship Game against the Corso-picked Oregon Ducks. That team, led by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, went unbeaten to earn the Tigers their second national championship, with the first in 1957.

  • #16. Navy

    - Number of times Corso picked to win: 6
    - Record picking team to win: 2-4
    - Most recent pick: Dec. 8, 2018 vs. Army
    - Most recent result: Army 17 - Navy 10

    The Navy-Army rivalry is among the oldest in college football, with Navy leading the overall series 60-52-7. While the 120th meeting will take place in December 2019, Corso has chosen the Midshipmen each of the past five years, winning the first two before Army’s current three-game win streak sent his record below .500 when picking Navy. Navy defeated Air Force early in the 2019 season, giving them the inside track to the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, awarded annually (usually by the president) to the best team of the three military academies.

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