Welcome back friends, high rollers and low lifers to another season of Pick Six Friday with Rankman & Son.
We’d like to thank the U.S. Supreme Court for legitimizing your competitive joy and weaknesses with its Murphy v. NCAA decision of 2018, which maintained individual states had no right to deny human beings the right to bet the in-game action on Wagner at Connecticut.
It was a 7-2 majority decision, which was a shame because I heavily bet the “under” at six.
Lib justices Breyer AND Kagan, however, joined the five conservative judges…who saw that coming?
States are now figuring this out one-by-one, which means California should be up and running in 2025.
Until then, for entertainment purposes only, we offer our thoughts and insights to a selection of first-weekend games.
Son of Rankman
Boise State at FLORIDA STATE (-6.5)
Kid sticking to the blue despite this being changed to “at” FSU because Hurricane Dorian, not to be confused with UCLA’s Hurricane Dorian Thompson-Robinson. The game has been switched from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, which USED to be a tough place to play.
The Pick: Boise State
Utah State at Wake Forest (-3.5)
Kid really loves the return of Gary Andersen to Utah State (I’m making that up.). Kid really loves USU’s special teams (nope, not true). Kid likes West teams going East (that can’t be right).
The Pick: Utah State
Oregon vs. Auburn (56)
Kid notes these two schools are coming off bowl wins in which they combined for 70 total points. Um, Auburn scored 63 and Oregon scored 7, but...still?
The Pick: Over
Father Knows Bets
Oklahoma State (-16) at OREGON STATE
The a truly strange matchup on Labor Day weekend features OSU vs. OSU in Corvallis. We figure it will take Oklahoma State a quarter to figure out where they are and that will be enough for the Beavers to easily cover those 16 points at home. And maybe even pull off the upset?
The Pick: Oregon State to cover.
Missouri (-17.5) at WYOMING
Rankman has covered a game at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie and can tell you, at 7,215 feet above sea level, it is not only a difficult place to play. It is a difficult place to breathe. Missouri is visiting at the right time of year. This is an interesting place for quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant to kick-start his second act. Thought bubble as he runs through tunnel: “I left Clemson for this?”
The Pick: Wyoming to cover.
Syracuse at LIBERTY (66)
Rankman just finished a fine article in the L.A. Times about Liberty’s quest to become an evangelical football version of Notre Dame and Brigham Young. School president Jerry Falwell Jr. hired repented Ole Miss heathen Hugh Freeze to breathe fire and brimstone into the program. This is in contrast to the NCAA sanctions Freeze breathed into Mississippi. What we see here, football wise, is an over-under that was one “6” short of 666. That has to be some sort of sign of apocalyptic offensive firepower to which we say: “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.”
The Pick: Over