Rankman's picks: Week 7

Two straight weeks of 3-3 against the line makes me a ho-hum 6-6 and looking forward to six of one, and one half-dozen of the other, for the rest of season. Being a 50-50 guy is so wishy-washy. I'd rather win big or lose big. Going 3-3 is like getting a limp, fish handshake from Lumpy Rutherford. I'm North Texas Mean Green with envy over the TMG picking success of Herb Gould, Jersey Guy and mysterious "Locksmith," who have collectively posted a remarkable 48-29-1 record against the Vegas line through six weeks. That's just absurd. If they were using real money they'd all be rich, smoking cigars and losing all that hard-earned cash at the horse races, or some illegal cock-fight operation in Juarez. Rankman and Mr. College Football are definitely bringing down the over-under TMG neighborhood. But never count us over and out. We have improved our picking technique of late with help from corrupt gambling tutors at the University of North Carolina. Don't worry. It's all on the up-and-up and no one is going to lose any championships. I must also confess to getting suckered at least once with phony "inside" information from a certain TMG member that cost me a victory. Keep your friends close, as they say, and your co-founders closer.

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The Games

Rutgers getting 2 at ILLINOIS

Colorado giving 11 at OREGON STATE

Utah getting 12 at USC

Over\Under

Ohio State at Nebraska (56 1\2)

Oregon at Stanford (58)

Arkansas at ALABAMA (55)

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Rutgers getting 2 at ILLINOIS

Only a degenerate would take on this battle of the Big Ten basement but here we go...I like Illinois covering the two points for the simple reason somebody HAS to win this game. Overtime rules now preclude this from ending in a 0-0 tie ala the "Toilet Bowl" between Oregon and Oregon State. Even if this game ends zilch-zilch, Illinois can still cover with a winning FG in overtime. A line-busting "safety" is a remote possibility, given the offense starts OT on the opponent's 25.

Pick: Illinois (Score, 3-0)

Colorado giving 11 at OREGON STATE

Hmmm. This is a tricky one. The devil on my left shoulder says Colorado wins at Corvallis in a slaughter-house against a completely discombobulated program. The devil on my right shoulder says Oregon State players hated departing coach Gary Andersen so much they will respond with a point-spread covering effort to make their parents proud. We're going with the devil on my right shoulder. It's hard to believe the CU that won last year's Pac 12 South is going to pass up this opportunity against an interim coach whose head is likely to be spinning.

Pick: Colorado

Score: Colorado, 35-20

Utah getting 12 at USC

People keep waiting for USC's offense to kick into some other gear it just may not have. Injuries and play-calling dysfunction have turned USC football into Pac 12 mystery meat. People also forget that Utah defeated USC last year, in Salt Lake City, in Sam Darnold's first start. USC wins because the game is at home and Darnold will find a way to avenge that loss. But I expect this to be close enough for Utah to cover the points..

Pick: Utah

Score: USC, 35-28

Over\Under

Ohio State at Nebraska (56 1\2)

Urban's cowboys, hurt by Oklahoma's loss to Iowa State, need to roll up big numbers the rest of the way to impress the selection committee. Take-OVER

Oregon at Stanford (58)

Oregon is reeling at QB but still has play makers. Stanford has Bryce Love. Take-OVER 

Arkansas at ALABAMA (55)

Saban says the media is feeding his team "rat poison." He'll feed running backs at poor Arkansas' defense. Take: OVER

Last week: 3-3

Season: 16-21[/membership]

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