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ESPN GameDay Crew Picks OSU over Arizona State, Except for Joe Namath

“It’s not always going to be pretty, but they’re going to keep winning football games.”



ESPN’s GameDay crew was in Tuscaloosa on Saturday to commemorate Texas at Alabama. But as the panel went through their picks for Saturday’s slate they landed on another matchup of future conference foes in Oklahoma State at Arizona State.

The ESPN crew was unanimous in picking the Cowboys over the Sun Devils, except for celebrity guest picker, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath.

Desmond Howard got things started say he was going with the Cowboys. Pat McAfee shared initial concern over OSU dividing QB reps in a close win over an FCS opponent in Week 1 (he’s got a direct line to Cowboy nation).

“So I was thinking about Arizona State because Oklahoma State played three quarterbacks last week in a very close game,” McAfee said. “I thought they maybe had no clue what they were doing, but then Kirk Herbstreit told me ‘Don’t you worry about that. Gundy’s got it figured out.’

“So give me Oklahoma State cause I’ve got faith in the guy that’s been there for 18 years.”

Joe Namath, in true celebrity guest picker fashion, went with sentiment over the actual matchup on the field.

“Well Arizona State recruited me,” he said. “That’s the first call I got, visited when I was a senior in high school. So I’m gonna pull for Arizona State.”

But that earned Namath the “Not so fast” treatment from Lee Corso. He even added his new (this week) catch phrase. “No cover.”

As always, Herbie brought it back to football with some analysis.

Herbstreit picked OSU.

“It’s just going to be one of those teams that’s going to kind of be bumping off guard rails,” Herbstreit said. “It’s not always going to be pretty, but they’re going to keep winning football games. They’re’ going to 4-0 and 5-0 and not going to have a lot of superstars. Just sound on defense. Do enough on offense. That will be a game like this today.”

The Cowboys and Sun Devils kick things off in the desert for late one at 9:30 p.m. CST on FS1.

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