You know it's bad beat when the sons of guys you covered in college start ruining your weekly picks, but that's exactly what happened last week in Minnesota when DB Antoine Winfield JUNIOR intercepted a game-tying pass against Fresno State.
Not just an interception, but one of the greatest picks you'll see all season. Just my luck. Fresno State, getting 2.5 points on the road, appeared ready to send the game to OT before Winfield's circus-act INT. I frankly never saw Antoine Sr., make a better play than that for Ohio State in the John Cooper 1990s.
Is there another father's son out there that's ready to ruin our Rankman & Son family side business? Does Orlando Pace have a kid ready to scoop and score the fumble that ruins my over-under? What about a Ron Dayne Jr. out there ready to wreck my line?
W.C. Fields was once asked if he liked children: He responded, "I do if they're properly cooked."
That said I'll move forward with one of mine, who also went 1-2 last week partly because Northwestern went sunny-side up at home against Duke in the Smart Money Bowl.
We'll do better this week, we promise, with renewed vim and vigor (with a splash of lime)
Here are the games we are playing:
Father Knows Bets
USC at Texas (-3.5)
Fresno State (-1.5) at UCLA
Rutgers at Kansas at Kansas (O\U 44.5)
Son of Rankman
Boise State at Oklahoma State (O\U 64.5)
LSU at Auburn (-10)
Florida State (-3) at Syracuse
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Reigning Pac 12 champion USC goes on the road, as a three-and-a-half point dog, against a team that's lost two straight years to Maryland? Rankman actually thought USC could have beaten Stanford last week with the right game plan. I know it's hard to win on the road with at true frosh at QB, but remember Matt Barkley did it at USC, against Ohio State, in 2009.
Score: USC, 26-24
Fresno at UCLA. Wait a minute, the Bruins are under Bulldogs at home against Fresno State? That's just not right. Think of the desperation factor here. If UCLA loses to Fresno, Chip Kelly's heroes are looking at a possible 0-6 start with upcoming games: at Colorado, Washington, and at California. UCLA's Bruins are a soap opera in that they are young AND restless and these are the days of their lives.
Score: UCLA, 27-24
Rutgers at Kansas is what happens when two athletic directors try to out-drink each other in the hotel bar during the NCAA convention. We like the over in this game with all the scoring coming off kick returns or turnovers.
Son of Rankman's picks
One of Boise's better teams has a chance to turn a hostile crowd into Blue Pickens Stadium. The great part is this is a home-and-home series with Oklahoma State returning the game at Boise in 2021.
Auburn will be bent for revenge after blowing a 20-point lead at LSU last season, but if this series has been anything it's been unpredictable. So has Coach O, who led the Geaux Tigers to wins last year at Florida, at Ole Miss and at Tennessee but lost at home to Troy. This year, in the Plains, LSU loses but covers.
Score: Auburn, 27-24
Son of Rankman was going to take favorite Florida State by three at Syracuse until he saw the tape of last week's game against Samford & Son. Now he knows why Willie Taggert left Oregon after one year. It was to enter witness protection. Syracuse covers but loses on a last-second field goal.
Score: FSU, 25-24
Last week: Rankman (1-2), Son (1-2)