ESPN’s Lee Corso picks UCLA in the national championship game

Several ESPN analysts have the UCLA Bruins winning big this season: Pac-12 championship, national championship and the Heisman Trophy to boot.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

USC fans, cover your ears.

The Trojans don’t play their opener against Fresno State until next Saturday, but the season picks are in for ESPN’s College GameDay crew.

And you’re not going to like what they said.

Analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard unanimously chose UCLA to win the Pac-12 Conference championship.

Corso and Howard also picked UCLA over Florida State in the national championship game.

The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner?

A Bruin too. Corso and Herbstreit picked quarterback Brett Hundley to win.

Herbstreit chose Florida State to beat Alabama in the championship game. Howard said Georgia running back Todd Gurley would win the Heisman.


Corso did deliver some good news for Pac-12 fans. After years in the shadows of the Southeastern Conference, he said the Pac-12 is this season’s best conference.

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