Beermanís Picks
by Ben Shapiro, 12/7/01

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.  If you actually bet based on what I think...well...don't say you weren't warned!.  For the most current TV information, click on over to TV Guide

Last Week: Sooooooooooooooooooooo close!

This Week: Nothing.  Well not nothing, but just about.  There's the SEC title game, an upset brewing in Hawaii, and a CUSA game that the less is said about, the better.

Not in Action: My ability to pick football.

Friday 12/7
Line: USM (-10)

7:00 pm EST

No team that loses to a I-AA opponent should go bowling.  Sorry Froggies, that's just the way it is.
Pick: USM
Saturday 12/8
#2 Tennessee (10-1) vs. #20 LSU (8-3)
Line: Tennessee (-7)

8:00 pm EST

To date the BCS has been fairly lucky.  Two undefeateds in '99...OU beat FSU last year somewhat diminishing Miami's complaints...but if LSU scores the upset here, it's going to be ugly.

Really though, I expect Tennessee to make the whole argument moot.  LSU is a fine team, but Tennessee is flying high after FINALLY defeating Florida in the Swamp.  Fullmer is a terrific coach with as much big game experience as anyone out there.

Pick: UT
#12 Brigham Young (12-0) @ HAWAII (8-3)
Line: BYU (-3)

4:00 pm EST

For the record, I'd be picking this upset even if Luke Staley was 100% healthy.  As he is out, I'd almost be willing to put real money on it.
Pick: Hawaii
Game of the Week to Watch: LSU-UT

Last Week: 4-9-1

Season To Date: 131-140-2

Upset Special: Hawaii over BYU (7-7)


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