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

This Week: Part one of my picks. Busy and lazy make for a bad mix, and frankly I'm not even going to try to pick games that aren't kicking off for another two weeks.

Not in Action: Hawaii.  And it's a shame...but Cincinnati fans are happy, and isn't that what's most important?

Tuesday 12/18
New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, LA
North Texas (5-6) vs. Colorado State (6-5)
Line: CSU (-12.5)

8:00 PM
(ESPN2)

And this years bowl season kicks off with a hearty ... sigh.

I mean seriously.  How are we supposed to be expected to watch this?  So North Texas won the Sun Belt conference.  Big whoop.  They had to call it the Sun Belt, because "No one else will take us so we're getting together and hoping to sucker some bowl game" was too big to fit on the letterhead.  (Aside: How bad must Utah State feel, as the only former Big West team not let into the Sun Belt.  Ouch!)

On the other hand, should UNT win this one it would render both participants retroactively bowl-ineligible.  Viva la New Orleans!

Pick: UNT
Wednesday 12/19
GMAC Bowl
Mobile, AL
East Carolina (6-5) vs. Marshall (10-2)
Line: ECU (-2)

8:00 PM
(ESPN2)

Marshall didn't make it back out of the locker room for the second half of the MAC Championship game.  East Carolina didn't make it back out for the second half of any game this season.

Advantage: Herd

Pick: Marshall
Thursday 12/20
Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl
Orlando, FL
N.C. State (7-4) vs. Pittsburgh (6-5)
Line: pick'em

7:30 PM
(ESPN2)

I kinda dig this exciting new trend in corporate marketing.  Today it's the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl.  Tomorrow it's the Eat Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, or the Avoid Detroit Motor City Bowl.  Otherwise we, the ignorant consumer, will continue unabated with our rampant misuse of their fine products.
Pick: UPitt
Tuesday 12/25
Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl
Las Vegas, NV
Utah (7-4) vs. Southern Cal (6-5)
Line: USC (-3.5)

3:30 PM
(ABC)

Well, it should at least be close...
Pick: Opening presents, finding a Sega, and hooking it up to avoid having to watch this snoozefest.
Thursday 12/27
Seattle Bowl
Seattle, WA
Stanford (9-2) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5)
Line: Stanford (-3.5)

4:00 PM
(ESPN)

With Friedgen and O'Leary off coaching elsewhere ... sort of ... Georgia Tech is basically reduced to drawing up plays in the dirt.  Why Stanford is favored only by what amounts to home field advantage, I have no idea.  Maybe the bookies figure Stanford's players actually study at the end of the semester.  I dunno.  But at least it makes my pick easy!
Pick: Stanford
Mainstay Independence Bowl
Shreveport, LA
Iowa State (7-4) vs. Alabama (6-5)
Line: Bama (-7)

7:30 PM
(ESPN)

It isn't as if Iowa State is not used to playing heavyweights.  They are in the Big Twelve after all.  And they won their bowl game last year (over UPitt).  And Alabama is staring NCAA sanctions in the face.  And Dennis Franchione has been making goo-goo eyes at Kansas.  And Alabama hasn't really been a heavyweight for a few years now.  Nope, we like the Cyclones here.
Pick: Iowa State
Friday 12/28
GalleryFurniture.Com Bowl
Houston, TX
Texas A&M (7-4) vs. TCU (6-5)
Line: aTm (-6.5)

1:30 PM
(ESPN)

[Dottie answers the phone.]
Dottie: Hello?
Pee Wee: Hi, Dottie, it's Pee Wee!
Dottie: Pee Wee? Where are you calling from?
Pee Wee: Texas!
Dottie: Huh?
Pee Wee: Honest! I'll prove it! [singing] The stars at night are big and bright...
Passersby: [singing and clapping] ...deep in the heart of Texas!
Pick: aTm
Music City Bowl
Nashville, TN
Boston College (7-4) vs. Georgia (8-3)
Line: Georgia (-4.5)

5:00 PM
(ESPN)

This game needs to flip flop with the Peach Bowl.  I'd really like to see if BC can take down the mighty Georgia Bulldogs (or so they claim to be), but holiday travel plans likely prevent this.  Alas!
Pick: Boston College
Culligan Holiday Bowl
San Diego, CA
Texas (10-2) vs. Washington (8-3)
Line: Texas (-12.5)

8:30 PM
(ESPN)

Congrats Mack Brown, it took you only eleven and a half games to figure out what every armchair quarterback in the country knew from day one.
Pick: Texas
Saturday 12/29
Motor City Bowl
Detroit, MI
Toledo (10-2) vs. Cincinnati (7-4)
Line: Toledo (-3.5)

12:00 PM
(ESPN)

Now Toledo's a fun story, and I'm glad to see a second MAC team in a bowl game for a change.  It woulda been nicer if they got to play ... I dunno ... Michigan State or Purdue instead.  But hey, when you're in the MAC you pretty much take what you can get.
Pick: Toledo
Sylvania Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX
Texas Tech (7-4) vs. Iowa (6-5)
Line: Tech (-2)

3:30 PM
(ESPN)

For their halftime entertainment, fans at the Alamo Bowl will be treated to a fifteen minute steel cage match featuring Herky the Hawkeye and Bobby Knight.
Pick: Red Radiuhs
Insight.Com Bowl
Phoenix, AZ
Syracuse (9-3) vs. Kansas State (6-5)
Line: KSU (-5.5)

5:30 PM
(ESPN2)

Gotta love the Cuse baby! Nothing says "we'll show you!" to the Gator Bowl like bringing several _hundred_ die hard fans to Arizona.
Pick: The Notorious B.O.G.
Miscellanea...

Season To Date: 131-140-2

Upset Special: (7-7) It's a bowl week twofer!

  • Marshall over East Carolina
  • Iowa State over Alabama

          

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