“Eureka (I have found it),” is reportedly what Greek math whiz Archimedes said when he figured out the purity of gold. It is also the state motto of California and, starting this week, the secret sauce slogan for Rankman’s weekly picks. After groveling to a 4-8 start and embarrassed to show his face in private, Rankman punted back to the punters and established a new strategy. He eschewed (gesundheit) the brand names and picked “Little Guy” games only the depraved and smart guys care about. The result was a 4-2 mark and a new lease on, if not life, a new car with white side walls. This could be the start of something big, or small, but it’s definitely not time to stop. So here, sticking with the theme, are this week’s picks.

 

The Games

Army getting 2 at TULANE

Georgia State giving 2.5 at CHARLOTTE

UAB getting 11 at NORTH TEXAS

LATE FRIDAY BONUS: UTEP getting 17 at NEW MEXICO STATE

OVER\UNDER

Hawaii at WYOMING (57)

Idaho at SOUTH ALABAMA (54)

Florida International at RICE (54)  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.