Rankman's picks: Week 9

After a one-week trial period of mediocre picking we're ready to put out a shingle and start billing ourselves Rankman & Son. Last week's 3-3 combined record revealed enough cosmic karma to convince Senior to add "Child 2" as a Junior partner. "Child 2" had to pass a basic proficiency test to prove he understood the fundamentals. What's the difference between "getting" and "giving" points? What do you know about the point-shaving scandal at CCNY in the 1950s? That's right, Father & Son is more than a Cat Stevens song. Becoming a synchronized swimming team required "quality" time watching the "Bad Beats" segment of Scott Van Pelt's nightly show on Sports Center, maybe the best show ESPN has commissioned since "Cheap Seats." Dads need to pass certain things along to the children. The other night I was telling "Child 2" a story about the old days, before the internet, when book makers in Las Vegas had to be creative to get information about games. Assessing the "over-under" line required calling airports in each city to get readings on the weather and the wind. Then I blew my own advice last week and bet the "over" on Colorado at Washington State not realizing the game was going to be played in a freezing rain. This cost me a winning week. We've only got a few weeks left to get this right.

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The Games

USC giving 3 1\2 vs. ARIZONA STATE

Penn State getting 6 1\2 vs. OHIO STATE

Oklahoma State giving 7 1\2 vs WEST VIRGINIA

OVER\UNDER

Washington State vs. ARIZONA (64 1\2)

Utah vs OREGON (50)

UNLV vs FRESNO STATE (57 1\2)

Child Locks

Florida State giving 3 1\2 vs. BOSTON COLLEGE (Friday)

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USC giving 3 1\2 vs. ARIZONA STATE

I'm really surprised this number has held given all the injuries that are mounting on USC's campus. Maybe the Trojans do rally back after last week's debacle at South Bend, but I don't see it. Arizona State is coming off an impressive, two-game blitz in which it allowed Washington and Utah a combined 10 points.

The pick: Arizona State

Score: ASU, 30-27

Penn State getting 6 1\2 vs. OHIO STATE

I smell blood in in the water as Urban's outfitters seek revenge for last year's loss at Happy Valley and set out to convince the selection committee this year's home loss to Oklahoma was a one-game aberration.

The Pick: Ohio State

Score: Ohio State, 35-25

Oklahoma State giving 7 1\2 vs WEST VIRGINIA

The Big 12 is about to start devouring itself with wild, shootout games like this.

The pick: West Virginia

Score: West Virginia, 42-38

OVER\UNDER

Washington State vs. ARIZONA (64 1\2)

Take: OVER

Utah at OREGON (50)

Take: UNDER

UNLV at FRESNO STATE (57 1\2)

Take: OVER

Child "Locks":

Florida State giving 3 1\2 vs. BOSTON COLLEGE (Friday)

Child Lock doesn't understand how BC can be an underdog at home coming off two straight impressive road wins against Louisville and Virginia. It's a valid point.

The pick: Boston College

The score: BC, 24-20

Houston vs SOUTH FLORIDA (56 1\2)

Child Lock loves "over" in this one after calling the Tampa airport tower to learn the weather is going be clear. Atta boy.

Take: OVER

Last week: 2-2

Child locks: 1-1

Season: Rankman: 21-28[/membership]

Child locks: 1-1

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