Rankman's picks: Week 14

This is championship week in college football and Last Chance Reno Ranch for Rankman & Son, the father and child team of game pickers that lost momentum last week with a series of missed opportunities, bloopers and bad beats. Dad had his finger on the Oregon-Oregon State "over" trigger but then thought there was no way the Ducks would try to embarrass the beaten-up Beavers by piling up the score. Isn't this called the "civil" war? That kind of stuff. "Child 2" got roughed up for the first time, screaming all the way through a 2-4 weekend as he drank and moped and cursed his way through piles of broken wishbones and Thanksgiving leftovers. These "teachable moments" should add gristle to his mental makeup as he forges into championship week with a short memory. No rest for the wagering weary, however, as Team TMG plans to shower and shave, gas up the car and roll out our 2017 Bowl Picks Contest. Stay tuned.

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Child Locks

Fresno State getting 9 1\2 vs. BOISE STATE

Stanford getting 4 vs. USC

Wisconsin getting 6 1\2 vs. Ohio State

Memphis vs CENTRAL FLORIDA (81)

North Texas vs. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (73 1\2)

Louisiana Lafayette vs. Appalachian State (58 1\2)

Father Knows Bets

Louisiana Monroe getting 27 vs. FLORIDA STATE

Troy vs. ARKANSAS STATE (60)

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Child Locks

Fresno State getting 9 1\2 vs. BOISE STATE

Kid says, "excuse me," didn't Fresno State just beat Boise six days ago?

Pick: Fresno State

Score: Boise State, 35-32

Stanford getting 4 vs. USC

Kid says Stanford on short rest is unfair but notes USC hasn't beaten same team twice in same season since 1945.

Pick: Stanford

Score: Stanford, 38-31

Wisconsin getting 6 1\2 vs. Ohio State

Kid says Wisconsin getting no respect against team whose quarterback just had knee surgery last...SUNDAY.

Pick: Wisconsin

Score: Wisconsin, 28-24

Memphis vs CENTRAL FLORIDA (81)

Kid says this is the shootout at the AAF Coral.

Take: Over

North Texas vs. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (73 1\2)

Kid notes last game between teams hit the 100-point mark.

Take: Over

Louisiana Lafayette vs. APPALACHIAN STATE (58 1\2)

Kid says even though weather expected to be cold, the Sun Belt offenses will be HOT, HOT, HOT

Take: Over

Father Knows Bets

Louisiana Monroe getting 27 vs. FLORIDA STATE

Pops says FSU will have a giant, Jimbo letdown and then rally too late to cover nearly four-TD betting line advantage.

Pick: Louisiana Monroe

Score: FSU, 45-30

Troy vs. ARKANSAS STATE (60)

Pops says Arky State, which scored 67 last week, has enough offense to push this total over the line

Take: Over

Last week\season: Child locks (2-4, 15-13), Rankman (0-2, 26-41)[/membership]

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