ESPN College GameDay hosts make their Syracuse-N.C. State picks, and Pat McAfee takes a few jabs – syracuse.com

ESPN College GameDay hosts make their Syracuse-N.C. State picks, and Pat McAfee takes a few jabs – syracuse.com

In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, ESPN College GameDay hosts Lee Corso, left, and Kirk Herbstreit confer during the telecast from The Junction prior to Mississippi State playing Auburn in an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss. The iconic college football pregame show has never been to the Syracuse University campus for a football game.AP
Syracuse, N.Y. — ESPN’s popular traveling college football pregame show leaned into Syracuse’s Top-20 matchup with North Carolina State on Saturday morning.
ESPN’s “College GameDay” hosts made their game picks toward the end of the show.
And one analyst took a few jabs at the Orange.
Lee Corso was back on set after missing the previous two shows as a result of an illness. He rejoined show regulars Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Pat McAfee and host Rece Davis.
Early in the show, McAfee hit on the quarterback news: N.C. State starter Devin Leary will not play.
McAfee then mentioned the historical rarity of a ranked matchup in Syracuse. It hadn’t happened since 2001.
“Syracuse has been irrelevant for that long,” McAfee said.
Later in the show, McAfee teased his thoughts on Syracuse’s chances next week at Clemson: The Tigers will “win by 50 points.”
When the GameDay crew dug into the matchup with the Wolfpack, it highlighted an SU defense ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
McAfee stood on his own when giving game predictions, calling out the Syracuse alums who work in television, including GameDay producer Jim Gaiero.
“Jimmy G has never been more excited about Syracuse not sucking for the first time,” McAfee quipped. “Give me N.C. State.”
He then howled like a wolf.
Syracuse’s Top-20 matchup with N.C. State is part of a mega-slate of games on Saturday.
Three involve 5-0 teams for the first time in the AP poll era: No. 3 Alabama at No. 6 Tennessee; No. 10 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan and No. 8 Oklahoma State at No. 13 Texas Christian.
Syracuse is 5-0 for the first time since 1987. It’s plus-122 point differential through five games is the highest since the 1959 national championship season.
Here are the picks from the GameDay panel:
Lee Corso: Syracuse
Kirk Herbstreit: Syracuse
Desmond Howard: Syracuse
Pat McAfee: N.C. State
Peyton Manning: Syracuse
Fan vote: N.C. State
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