What can you say? Son of Rankman had another stellar week in the trenches, going 3-0 against the spread to run his season record to 10-3-2. At this rate, if he was not using Monopoly money, son would be a leg up on the Feds shaking him down right now for his student loans.
As it stands he has upgraded to a "previously owned" BMW and handed down to Father the 2001 Volvo that is being held together with that water-proof tape you've seen on late-night commercials. It's the one where the guy cuts his boat in half and then seals it with this super tape and then drives it across the lake.
Rankman, in the meantime, is looking for a bounce-back after a winless week that had him over-thinking, over-guessing and even over-dressing. Son's picks have kept the family record this season well above .500 but a certain someone in this relationship needs to pick up the pace.
Last week: Rankman (0-3) Son (3-0)
Season total: 16-12-2
Father Knows Bets
Oklahoma vs. Texas (60)
Florida State at Miami (-13.5)
Louisiana (-3.5) at Texas State
California at Arizona (57)
Notre Dame (-7) at Virginia Tech
Colorado (-2.5) at Arizona State
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Texas vs. Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl during the State Fair was always one of Rankman's favorite road trips. There is nothing like the "carny folk" atmosphere of gimp-legged mechanics, behind the scenes, trying to tighten the bolts on dangerous chain-linked whirl-around rides, surrounded by the dank, rain-infused smell of saw dust, chicken manure, turkey legs, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Once, during the game, I even imagined what Bevo might taste like with a side of deep fried butter.
Florida State vs. Miami, once a game you circled on your calendar, has been reduced to well, this. Rankman can't believe FSU has been reduced nationally to nearly a two-touchdown underdog. Rankman thinks this is the week FSU rises up to, at least, cover the spread.
Pick: Florida State
Score: Miami, 30-21
Louisiana outscored Alabama in the fourth quarter last week, 14-0, which should give the Ragin' Cajuns a momentum boost as they travel to Texas State. After feeling the power of the Crimson Tide, facing TSU should feel like a 7-on-7 drill.
Score: ULL 35-17
Son is confident any game featuring a Pac 12 game not involving Washington's defense will topple the "over" line. He's biting on the 57 despite the uncertain state of Arizona QB Khalil Tate, a preseason Heisman favorite who has been reduced to statue in the pocket because of a lingering ankle injury.
Son is not backing off Notre Dame despite the line moving from -1.5 to -7. Son thinks the move from Brandon Wimbush to Ian Book at quarterback gives the Irish the power to cover a touchdown in Blacksburg.
Pick: Notre Dame
Score: Notre Dame, 35-21
Son is all aboard the 4-0 Boulder train despite the fact CU opponents are 1-16 this year. Never mind that this is a much improved Arizona State team that has already defeated Michigan State in Tempe.
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