This might shock you, but Auburn alum Charles Barkley picked the Tigers to take down Alabama on Saturday.
Barkley swapped out the Inside the NBA studio for the wilds of Auburn to be the guest picker on College GameDay this week. And, though Lee Corso donned an elephant’s head and picked the Crimson Tide to win, his guest was on the side of the many Auburn fans who were behind the GameDay set screaming for an upset.
Wearing a “We Want Bama” shirt, it was obvious who Barkley was going to pick. But he made his choice with authority. As Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit, and Corso all picked Alabama to win, Barkley was alone in his upset prediction.
“A few years ago it was the kick six,” Barkley said, referencing one of the greatest moments in Auburn history. “Today, it’s gonna be the kick ass.”
Beyond predicting an Auburn blowout, Barkley didn’t exactly do anything crazy. Though he did cringingly describe Florida/Florida State game as “two ugly girls fighting” when he picked the Gators.
Chuck did get the home crowd going, though, and he was the only one to pick the upset. ESPN always knows what it is getting when Barkley is the GameDay guest picker, and he certainly delivered on Saturday morning.