The infamous headgear picks on ESPN College GameDay, which is in Tuscaloosa this weekend for the battle between No. 11 Texas football and the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide, had some surprises in store.
Three media personalities on ESPN College GameDay, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, and Pat McAfee, picked the Texas-Alabama game on set on the morning of Sep. 9. The guest picker, legendary Alabama and NFL quarterback Joe Namath, also picked with the ESPN College GameDay crew on Sep. 9.
Howard and Corso picked the Longhorns to upset the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium under the lights in primetime on Sep. 9. Corso put on quite the show to put the Bevo headgear on. He initially had “Sweet Home Alabama” playing through the speakers on the set of College GameDay.
Lee Corso picks the Texas football headgear over Alabama in Tuscaloosa for Week 2
Then, Corso switched up to put on the Bevo headgear.
Howard brought out the white folding chair to pick the Longhorns over the Crimson Tide.
To no one’s surprise, Namath picked the Tide to beat Texas. During his pick segment, he said he would pick Alabama over the Kansas City Chiefs, which just so happened to fall short of the Detroit Lions to open the NFL season on Sep. 7.
McAfee also gave the Tide the edge over Texas with his pick.
According to Cole’s GameDay Blog, Corso has an all-time record of 265-134 (66.42 percentage) with his headgear picks. When the ESPN College GameDay set was in Austin last season for the matchup between Texas and Alabama, Corso picked the Tide to beat the Longhorns.
This is the 13th time Corse has picked the Longhorns on ESPN College GameDay. The previous 12 times he’s picked Texas resulted in seven wins and five losses for the Longhorns.
The last time Corso picked the Longhorns to beat the Tide was in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. Alabama topped Texas 37-20 in the 2010 national title game after star quarterback Colt McCoy left the game due to injury.
Texas has a record of 1-0 (0-0 Big 12) after a win over the Rice Owls at home at DKR in Austin in the season opener. Alabama also has a record of 1-0 (0-0 SEC) after a commanding win in its opener last weekend at home over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns will get the action underway against head coach Nick Saban and the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sep. 9 at 6 p.m. CT.