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Welcome to the latest installment of the Coastal Courier’s weekly college football pick-em contest, where pickers are competing to win a $2,500 vacation card and bragging rights.
Among the Coastal Courier’s VIP’s participating are general manager Kathryn Fox, sponsor Tyler Arnold, advertising operations manager Lori McCampbell and absented-minded editor Jeff Whitten.
McCampbell (LM) and Whitten (JW) provide the incisive expert commentary again this week.
LM: Week 10 already? Here’s a look at this week’s top matchups.
JW: But no matchup is bigger or better than the Gamecocks vs. Georgia. Not that we’re going to start with that one.
LM: Clemson will try to boost it’s 7-1 record with a victory Saturday at North Carolina State. I pick Clemson by at least a touchdown. It’s just hard to say which way this will go, especially at this point in the season. It won’t come easy for the Tigers, though. This will be a bloody battle in the Wolves’ den.
JW: I don’t think so, because Clemson is just that good. I thought Georgia Tech would give them trouble last week but the Tigers’ defense is too stout up front. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me at this point if Clemson wasn’t one of the four teams to make the college football “playoff.” So all that to say those orange weirdos win by at least two scores.
LM: Penn State over Michigan State by a touchdown.
This will be another high-octane shootout between two Big Ten teams as the Spartans are coming off a crazy back-and-forth overtime loss to Northwestern and Penn State enters this week after losing a heartbreaker to the Buckeyes... insert sad face here.
Will it be another Lewerke game ending interception? McSorley won’t be enough. The Nittany Lions have lost their opportunity to creep back into the top four with a win over the Spartans even if Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Clemson can’t get it done this week, but they will.
JW: Penn State will win running away. Michigan State is good for two things, cheese and seven-foot-tall assistant editors with vast, round heads.
LM: Georgia wins over South Carolina by four touchdowns. This will be similar to last week’s Gator roast. Sorry Jeff, Muschamp knows what’s coming and there’s nothing he can do to stop it! HAHAHA!!
JW: My head believes you. My heart, however, knows that this game isn’t won on the internet or in this whatever-it-is, but on the football fields.
That said, here’s how South Carolina can win this game.
1. Stop all 30 of Georgia’s Heisman caliber running backs from getting on the field. Get them free passes to Chucky Cheese’s, or something.
2. Kidnap the entire coaching staff and replace them with the cast of “Big Bang Theory.”
3. Change the rules so that teams from Columbia, S.C., playing in Athens on Saturday get to start every offensive possession on the UGA 10-yard-line. And, UGA has to start all their possessions in Macon.
Anyhow, I know it’s an uphill battle for the Gamecocks this Saturday, but I have faith we’re going to either win or lose. By the way, I’m running in the Rock and Roll Marathon that day, hope to finish in time to catch the game.
LM: Onward. Texas Christian beats Texas by 10. Horned Frogs will be having Longhorn’s for dinner Saturday night.
JW: That was pretty good. The mental image is kind of disturbing though. I’m taking Texas.
LM: Iowa State Cyclones are savages! They will give us another dramatic winning performance Saturday and upset the West Virginia Mountaineers. Who are these guys?
JW: They’re the guys in this fight song:
“O we will fight, fight, fight for Iowa State,
And may her colors ever fly.
Yes, we will fight with might for Iowa State,
With a will to do or die,
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Loyal sons forever true,
And we will fight the battle through.
And when we hit that line we’ll hit it hard ev’ry yard for I.S.U.”
That’s how they roll out there in all those cornfields.
LM: Oklahoma will lose Sooner than they will win this match up against Oklahoma State... insert sarcastic laugh. No Boomer this week... Cowboys win by a field goal.
JW: I went to basic training and AIT at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, way back in the 1980s. That makes me an expert on all things Oklahoma, as long as I have the internet to look them up. From 50 fun facts about Oklahoma, I give you a handful.
First, “Oklahoma has the largest Native American population of any state in the U.S. Many of the 250,000 American Indians living in Oklahoma are descended from the 67 tribes who inhabited the Indian Territory. Oklahoma is tribal headquarters for 39 tribes.”
Then, this: “Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water.”
And, this: “Clinton Riggs designed the YIELD sign. It was first used on a trial basis in Tulsa.”
And this, too: “In Guthrie nearly 20,000 lighters and “fire starters” are displayed at the National Lighter Museum. The nation’s only museum devoted to the collection of lighters.”
I could go on all day. Oklahoma is a fascinating place, filled with fascinating facts.
LM: Will LSU finally beat Alabama in the most heated college football rivalry? No, not really. Bama rolls right over the Tigers and keeps the number one spot until the end of time. These boys are unstoppable.
JW: I’m afraid you’re right. But I wish you weren’t. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for LSU. ‘Course, I like Alabama too.
But when it comes right down to it, who’d you rather see in a Larry Culpepper commercial — Saban or Oregon.
I go with either one.