Let’s take a look at how the experts on the ever-popular ESPN College GameDay show have fared with their weekly game predictions this year. With the help of Cole’s Gameday Blog, we have compiled all the picks of Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, and Desmond Howard.
We then calculated each pundit’s Hit Rate, which is the percentage of picks that were correct, and Yield, which is the average payout had you bet $1 on each of the expert’s picks at Moneyline odds. The Yield awards pundits more credit for out-of-consensus picks and is the core metric we use for grading pundits at PunditTracker.
Here are the results:
Pundit Record Hit Rate Yield
Desmond Howard 29-10 74% $1.10
Kirk Herbstreit 51-23 69% $1.00
Lee Corso 44-25 64% $0.89
Note that Corso, Herbstreit, and Howard do not all pick the same games each week. Howard, who had made the fewest picks thus far, has turned in the best performance, hitting on 74% of his predictions with a superb $1.10 Yield. Herbstreit has not added or subtracted value with his picks, generating an even $1.00 Yield, while Corso has struggled, posting a meager $0.89 Yield.
Here are the 10 Best & Worst picks of the group. We define Best as the picks with the highest Yield and Worst as the incorrect picks with the highest point differential.
Best Predictions (Through Week 6)
Pundit Prediction Yield
Lee Corso UCF to defeat Penn St $2.78
Kirk Herbstreit Indiana to defeat Penn St $2.63
Kirk Herbstreit Ball St to defeat Virginia $2.56
Lee Corso Virginia to defeat BYU $2.27
Lee Corso Auburn to defeat Ole Miss $2.27
Kirk Herbstreit N. Illinois to defeat Iowa $2.27
Desmond Howard N. Illinois to defeat Iowa $2.27
Kirk Herbstreit Ole Miss to defeat Texas $2.17
Desmond Howard Ole Miss to defeat Texas $2.17
Kirk Herbstreit UCLA to defeat Nebraska $2.08
Worst Predictions (Through Week 6)
Pundit Prediction Pt Differential
Lee Corso West Virginia to defeat Maryland 37
Desmond Howard Boise St to defeat Washington 32
Kirk Herbstreit Purdue to defeat Northern Illinois 31
Desmond Howard Purdue to defeat Northern Illinois 31
Kirk Herbstreit Boston College to defeat USC 28
Desmond Howard Ole Miss to defeat Alabama 25
Kirk Herbstreit Vanderbilt to defeat Missouri 23
Lee Corso Texas to defeat Ole Miss 21
Lee Corso USC to defeat Arizona St 21
Kirk Herbstreit USC to defeat Arizona St 21
For the Best and Worst picks for each of the pundits, click here.
Finally, here is a look at how Lee Corso has done with his “headgear” picks:
Lee Corso “Headgear” Picks
Week 1: Georgia to defeat Clemson WRONG
Week 2: Notre Dame to defeat Michigan WRONG
Week 3: Alabama to defeat Texas A&M RIGHT
Week 4: North Dakota St to defeat Delaware St RIGHT
Week 5: LSU to defeat Georgia WRONG
Week 6: Ohio St to defeat Northwestern RIGHT
Corso is an even .500 this year with his Headgear Picks; since 2010, his record is 38-18 (68% Hit Rate).
We will continue to track all three pundits throughout the year. Meanwhile, start building your own track record for everyone to see by making picks on all the big games this weekend as well as predictions on the BCS Title, Heisman Trophy, and next USC coach. Just head over to our NCAA Football section to do so – use the ‘Vote Now’ buttons to make your selections. You can also see a full breakdown of all the picks of Corso, Herbstreit, and Howard there.