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GameDay’s Corso to make 250th headgear pick Saturday at West Virginia

GameDay welcomes Brad Paisley as guest picker

West Virginia native and country music superstar Brad Paisley stops by the ESPN College GameDay set in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday to be the show’s celebrity guest picker. A fan of West Virginia University’s football team, Paisley joins Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney among the musicians who have visited the show this season. For details, visit ESPNMediaZone.

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot (9 a.m.-noon ET, ESPN) will visit West Virginia on Saturday – the site of the No. 20 Mountaineers game against No. 7 TCU (3:30 p.m., ABC) – where analyst Lee Corso will be making his 250th headgear selection on college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show.

Known for his infectious personality, as well as his knowledgeable, opinionated and entertaining analysis, Corso has become known for ending every show with his mascot headgear prediction, choosing which team he thinks will win GameDay’s featured matchup by donning the headpiece of the school’s mascot.

“Coach Corso is a legend. There are very few must-see moments in television, and we are lucky enough to have one every Saturday morning,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “Regardless of what Coach does at the end of the show, it brings a smile to your face – what more could you want?”

Corso joined ESPN in 1987 and is the only original GameDay on-air personality (he was a contributor in 1987-88 and joined as an analyst in 1989).

Dating back to his first official headgear pick on Oct. 5, 1996, Corso is 171-78 in headgear picks. He is 7-2 this season.

GameDay’s Lee Corso seemingly has seen and done it all when it comes to making college football game selections. Consider:

Nifty Fifty: Corso has donned the headgear of 50 different teams, and a West Virginia pick this weekend would be his 51st.

Fight On: When can we get to another USC game? Corso has never lost a USC headgear selection, and is 16-0 when picking USC and 5-0 when picking against the Trojans.

From The Heart: Corso has picked his alma mater Florida State 19 times and is 13-6 in those selections. He has picked against FSU five times – and has been correct on three of those occasions

Bowling, Anyone?: In 23 bowl headgear games, Corso is 13-10. But he correctly picked underdog Michigan State to win the 2014 Rose Bowl; seven-point underdog Florida to beat Ohio State in the 2006 Championship game; seven-point underdog Texas to beat USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl; and seven-point underdog LSU to win the 2004 Sugar Bowl, which decided the national championship.

Dog Days: Corso has picked 55 underdogs and is 26-29 in those games, but has won the last five times he has picked the underdog to win.

Roll Tide: Corso has put on Alabama headgear more than any other team (20 times), and is 13-7 when picking the Tide. Florida State is next with 19, followed by Florida and Ohio State at 18.

Irish Eyes are Cryin’: Corso has picked against Notre Dame more times than any other team (14), and is 9-5 when picking against the Irish.

Pickin’ In Your City: Corso has put on headgear in 67 different cities.

Don’t Pick Us!!: Corso has picked Georgia four times – and Georgia has lost all four games. The Bulldogs are the only team he has picked more than twice and failed to win any of them. Corso is 7-4 when picking against the Bulldogs.

We’re No. 1: Corso has picked a game involving a No. 1-ranked team 68 times, and is 44-24 in those games.

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