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Celebrity Brackets: LL Cool J, Florida Georgia Line tied for early lead

By J. Darin Darst | CBSSports.com Staff

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line like Michigan State to win it all. (Getty)
Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line like Michigan State to win it all. (Getty)

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Award winning country duo Florida Georgia Line and actor/singer LL Cool J are tied for first place after the first weekend of tournament action in the CBSSports.com Celebrity Brackets contest.

Florida Georgia Line, which is composed of singers Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, is nominated for Duo of the Year, Album of the Year (Here's To The Good Times), Single of the Year (Cruise), and Event of the Year (with Nelly) at the Academy of Country Music Awards (April 6, CBS at 8 p.m. ET). They went 38-10 with 49 points and have all their Final Four teams remaining, including Michigan State to beat Louisville in the final.

Celebrity Standings
Florida Georgia Line4938-10Mich. State
LL Cool J4937-11Kentucky
Charlie Rose4636-12Duke
Boomer Esiason4635-13Florida
Peter Kostis4635-13Arizona
Rich Gannon4535-13Louisville
Chris O'Donnell4435-13Arizona
Amy Trask4434-14Arizona
Eric Christian Olsen4434-14Florida
Miguel Ferrer4434-14Florida
Tony Gonzalez4433-15Arizona

LL Cool J, who currently stars on CBS' hit drama NCIS: Los Angeles and is also a two-time Grammy Award-winner, went 37-11 and also has 49 points. He has Kentucky beating Florida in the title game.

Three other members of the cast from NCIS: Los Angeles are are in the Top 10 -- Chris O'Donnell, who is a Golden Globe Award nominee, has 44 points with Arizona beating UCLA. Eric Christian Olsen and Miguel Ferrer also have 44 points with Olsen picking Florida to beat Louisville, while Ferrer also has the Gators to win the championship.

A trio of sports broadcasters are right behind and in striking distance of first place.

Boomer Esiason, who is currently an analyst for the NFL Today and co-hosts the Boomer and Carton Radio Show, is tied for third place wtih 46 points. Esiason is picking Florida to win it all.

Peter Kostis, who has been with CBS since 1992 and currently in the on-course golf reporter, has 46 points and has Arizona to beat Florida in the final.

Rich Gannon, who is also a game analyst for CBS' NFL coverage, is right behind with 45 points. Gannon has Louisville to defend its title, beating Michigan State in the championship game.

CBS This Morning co-anchor Charlie Rose had a great first week going 36-12 and is tied for third place with 46 points, but with Duke as his projected champion, he will most likely fall down the rankings after this weekend.

Not everybody is enjoying the success of the first weekend as a handful of celebrites saw their brackets go up in flames.

Members of CBS' soap The Bold and the Beautiful took the biggest beating. Jacob Young, who plays Rick Forrester on the hit soap, went 19-29 and lost all four of his Final Four teams, including his champion Oregon. Lawrence Saint-Victor, who plays lawyer Carter Walton, also saw his bracket blow up, losing Oklahoma State, Texas and Stephen F. Austin from his Final Four. Scott Clifton, who plays William Spencer III, picked Harvard to beat Manahattan in the final, but still has two Final Four teams remaining.

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