Beermanís Picks
by Ben Shapiro, 10/24/01

Each week this season, I will be posting a column previewing the upcoming weekend's Big East and Top-25 match-ups. All rankings are from the Bowl Championship Series Poll. I don't pick winners (that's too easy), I pick against the spread.  All picks are for entertainment purposes only.  For the most current TV information, click on over to TV Guide

Last Week: Oregon? Dead.  Fresno State? Dead.  Niedermeyer...

This Week: Makes up for last week, and in spades!  Someone above Tech will lose. The Pac-Ten is about to sort itself out. We find out if two top-15's (Maryland, South Carolina) are for real.  Good times.  Good times...

Not in Action: #18 Illinois, #22 North Carolina

Thursday 10/25
#4 MIAMI (FL) (5-0) vs. West Virginia (2-4)
Line: Miami (-34)

7:00 pm EST

Because if you're West Virginia, and struggling through a season like they are, the thing you want more than anything else is to give Miami an unopposed national stage on which to strut around looking for votes.


Pick: WVU
Friday 10/26
#21 Fresno State (6-1) @ HAWAII (4-2)
Line: FSU(-4.5) 10:00 pm EST
Watch David Carr throw the football.  Now imagine him in a Redskins uniform.  It's gonna happen.
Pick: Fresno
Saturday 10/27
#1 Oklahoma (7-0) @ #2 NEBRASKA (8-0)
Line: UNL(-4) 12:00 pm EST
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand they're off!

In this corner, in red and white, you've got Oklahoma.  Great team, sketchy on the quarterback.

In the other corner, in white and red, you've got Nebraska.   Great quarterback, sketchy on the rest of the offense.  But they've got a monster home field advantage. For the record, I think the Huskers were playing the possum a bit against Texas Tech last week.

Boom baby boom!  And then there were four...

Pick: Nebraska
#3 UCLA (6-0) @ #14 STANFORD (4-1)
Line: UCLA (-7) 3:30 pm EST
(ABC, GamePlan)
I've got to hand it to the Pac Ten schedulers. They've either got a terrific sense of precognition, or they're darn lucky.  I don't know which it is, but they've managed to set up their quality matchups well.

Stanford will test UCLA's much ballyhooed defense like no one to date.   Should be a fun game.  Stanford QB Randy Fasini is out for a month, but he's not the one who led the comeback last week.

But I do know UCLA's defense is miles ahead of Oregon's.

I'd pick this as my upset game, except that that I couldn't be more wrong lately with those.  And it's too important to us that Stanford have a chance.  If I pick them, UCLA will roll. I have that power.   Sometimes I frighten myself.

Pick: Stanford
#5 VIRGINIA TECH (6-0) vs. Syracuse (6-2)
Line: VT (-18) 12:00 PM EST
(GamePlan, ESPN+)
"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and a finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."

Time to pulp an orange!

Pick: Hokies
#6 Texas (6-1) @ MISSOURI (3-3)
Line: Texas (-21.5) 2:00 pm EST
Apparently Mack Brown missed the memo re:RUTS

He is positioning his Horns nicely for an at-large BCS bid, however.  If the OU-Nebraska loser is swept in the B-12 Title Game rematch, Texas may easily find themselves sitting in the top-4. Heck, there's even a shot they could make the Rose Bowl without winning the B-12. I guess the coaches would have to vote BYU champ then, eh?

Pick: Texas
#7 Michigan (5-1) @ IOWA (4-2)
Line: Michigan (-5) 12:00 pm EST
(ABC, GamePlan)
I'm not convinced that Michigan is really all that much better than anyone else in the Big Ten, they simply have not lost yet.
Pick: Maize and Blue
#8 Maryland (7-0) @ #23 FLORIDA STATE (4-2)
Line: FSU (-8)

3:30 pm EST
(ABC, GamePlan)

Tick ... tock ... tick ... tock ...

Someone's season is about to change in a BIG way...

Pick: Maryland
#9 TENNESSEE (4-1) vs. #15 South Carolina (6-1)
Line: Tennessee (-7.5) 6:30 pm EST
In deference to Lou Holtz' wishes, the Tennessee crowd promises to be extra quiet this Saturday.
Pick: USC-SE
#10 WASHINGTON STATE (7-0) vs. #13 Oregon (6-1)
Line: WSU(-2.5) 7:00 pm EST
(ABC, GamePlan)
I think Joey Harrington just intercepted himself right on out of the Heisman race.
Pick: Wazzou

#11 Florida (5-1) @ #17 GEORGIA (5-1)

Line: U of F (-19)

3:30 pm EST

Ah the Great Cocktail Party. One of the finest traditions in college football.

It's a win-win really.  The booze helps the Gator fans tolerate Steve Spurrier, and helps the Georgia fans to think their team has a chance :O)

Pick: Florida
#12 Washington (5-1) @ ARIZONA STATE (4-2)
Line: ASU (-3) 10:15 pm EST
We'll go with the cop out on the upset pick this week.  Top-15 teams are not supposed to be underdogs to unranked opposition...even on the road.
Pick: Washington
#16 Brigham Young (7-0) @ SAN DIEGO STATE (2-5)
Line: BYU (-14)

9:00 pm EST

Over/under on number of comparisons between BYU RB Luke Staley and (former Aztec) Marshall Faulk: 6

My money says the announcers drop the first one before kickoff.

Pick: BYU
#19 Auburn (6-1) @ ARKANSAS (3-3)
Line: Auburn (-1.5) 12:30 pm EST
(JP Sports, GamePlan)
Pick: Auburn
#20 PURDUE (4-1) vs. Northwestern (4-2)
Line: Purdue (-6)

12:00 pm EST

So if Northwestern wins, does that mean Michigan would be the only Big Ten team in the top-25?  Interesting...
Pick: Boilermakers
#24 Colorado (5-2) @ OKLAHOMA STATE (2-5)
Line: Buffs (-9.5)

7:00 pm EST

With Kansas State's implosion, Colorado is now the de facto #2 team in the B-12 North. I mean who else is there...Iowa State?
Pick: Colorado
#25 TEXAS A&M (6-1) vs. Iowa State (5-1)
Line: aTm (-6.5)

2:00 pm EST

At Texas A&M, they live football. In Ames, Iowa football is just something to tide the fans over until hoop season. There really is only one logical outcome here.
Pick: aTm
BOSTON COLLEGE (5-2) vs. Notre Dame (3-3)
Line: BC (-3.5)

7:45 pm EST

And the "BC for #25" campaign rolls on.  It's the annual Catholics vs. Catholics grudge match, and it doesn't figure to be pretty.  Especially when Notre Dame has the ball on offense.
Pick: Eagles
Pittsburgh (1-5) @ TEMPLE (2-4)
Line: Temple(-2.5)

12:00 pm EST

This line opened at UPitt (-1).   That means the betting moved it 3.5 point in Temple's favor.  It's a sad, sad day in Pittsburgh...
Pick: Temple

Game of the Week to Watch:
Like you need me to tell you this?

Last Week: 11-11

Season To Date: 83-75-1

Upset Special: Washington over Arizona State (2-6)


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