Welcome to Rankman’s Last Pick 3 Stand, the end of months of hand-wringing over point spreads and the over-under. Hours of sweating over the foibles of 19 year kids with acne and suspicious line-to-gain spots from Big Ten referees with big beefs against the head coach from Big Blue. So how we doing? Meh. Last week’s 4-6 record brought my season record to 30-32-3, which sounds more like the beauty-pageant measurements of a very unattractive swimsuit model. So this weekend is the last round-up to make it all up before my annual bowl picks. In the NFL they call this bet “Monday Night Football,” a chance to recoup the sins of Sunday Day Football. We’re going all in again, boom or bust, in an effort for this bettor to break .500 or better. Here's my last big bunch of picks: [membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
The game: Western Michigan giving 19 to Ohio
The pick: Western Michigan, 45-20
The comment: Western Michigan needs to run it up in the MAC title game to likely clinch a major-bowl berth in the Cotton.
The game: Washington giving 7 to Colorado
The pick: Washington, 35-24
The comment: Washington may not just need to win Friday’s Pac 12 title game in Santa Clara. It may need to win big to impress the selection committee
The game: Wisconsin giving 3 vs. Penn State
The pick: Wisconsin 21-17
The comment: The Badgers have lost two games, to Ohio State and Michigan by 14 points. Penn State has lost two games by 42 points.
The game: Navy giving 3 vs. Temple
The pick: Navy, 35-28
The comment: How do you stop an offense that scored 75 points against SMU last week?
The game: OKLAHOMA giving 11 vs. Oklahoma State
The pick: Oklahoma, 45-30
The comment: This is Baker Mayfield’s last chance to steal the Heisman from Lamar Jackson.
Baylor at WEST VIRGINIA (66)
Kansas State at TEXAS CHRISTIAN (52 1\2)
Alabama vs. Florida (40)
San Diego State vs. Wyoming (62 1\2)
Wisconsin vs. Penn State (47 1\2)
Last week: 4-6