Remember back in 2008, when the New York Giants despicably despoiled New England's perfect season with a stunning upset in Super Bowl XLII? Unless, that is, you despised the Evil Empire coached by that grump in the hoodie.
Well, that was sort of how Rankman & Son felt last week as we stood 5-0 ATS needing only Cal at Arizona to go "Over" 57 points to cap a 6-0 weekend against Las Vegas. Everyone knows "Pac 12 After Dark" games are most normally high-scoring affairs, with replay booth officiating calls so suspicious they could, until Thursday, be overturned, via phone, by a Pac 12 lawyer named "Woodie" in the home office.
Well, as late-night fate had it, Cal and Arizona only limped to 41 total points, leaving R&Son a very fine 5-1 showing in what is shaping up as a fine season. Last week Dad was 3-0 to Son's 2-1 mark.
Rankman & Son are 21-13-2 for the season, ATS, with Son boasting an ungodly 12-4-2 record. We know in this business you need to stay humble so we will not foolishly prod the gambling gods.
This week's slate:
Father Knows Bets
Hawaii at Brigham Young (-11)
New Mexico State at Louisiana (-7)
Washington at Oregon (57.5)
Central Florida (-4.5) at Memphis
Colorado at USC (-7)
Miami at Virginia (47.5)
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This line is a slap in face for a 6-1 Hawaii team that suffered its only loss this season, by a touchdown, at Army, a trip encompassing 4,893 air miles. Brigham Young won at Wisconsin, yes, but is now 3-3 with two home losses, to Cal and Utah State (last week by 25 points).
Score: Hawaii, 28-27
Rankman has been hot on Louisiana since the Ragin Cajuns outscored Alabama, 14-0, in the fourth quarter a couple weeks ago. Lafayette followed up by easily covering last week and should cover seven points at home against NMS.
Pick: Louisiana, 41-24
Son got burned on " Pac 12 After Dark" last weekend but we think Washington at Oregon during daylight hours will creep past 57.5 with the help of a Pick 6 or a Scoop N Score.
Son says if UCF wants to be taken seriously as a playoff contender it needs to beat Memphis by more than a field goal and two safeties. The over-under on this game, by the way, has soared into the 80s.
Pick: Central Florida
Score: UCF, 45-35
Son says he doesn't care if USC is coming off an open week and is 12-0 all-time against the University of Ralphie. Son is laying his buffalo chips on a 5-0 team getting seven points on road.
Score: Boulder, 28-27
Son says 47.5 points are too few for Miami at Virginia. Shoot, the Canes spotted Florida State a 27-7 lead last week just to make things interesting.