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Protect Your Unit, Week 12 Results: Backfire

Well, that wasn't in the script.

Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

(DISCLAIMER: This contest is for entertainment purposes only. No actual money is being wagered. Which is good, or we'd be even more depressed.)

The story of this week's picks was a large number of bets on USF to beat Memphis, or at least cover. And we all know how that turned out. Combined, our players lost a total of $2,159.32 this week, most of it on USF-Memphis. Only two players were in the black this week: ulismyhothotsex ($197.76), and snafu13 ($48.13). $100 of ULHothot's winnings came on the most ridiculous backdoor cover of the season, a 4th-and-4 jump pass from Vanderbilt's backup quarterback.

Let's assess the damage:

Collin 1566.01
leavitttown 1514.20
ucscott 1379.86
iwaswrongabouthowell 1368.87
jthoma11 1296.53
chuckycrater 1216.22
ULismyhothotsex 1123.86
Danj725 1077.01
JLLoughren 1050.91
SenatorGiggity 1005.82
CedSaidZed 980.37
LrdNorman 978.62
Snafu13 962.05
fusionpower 956.82
MikeNascarella 940.65
JeffNusser 904.07
zls44 864.96
andrewp 849.06
CBulls08 838.18
jasonloughren 697.51
dsidwell31 437.92
AndrewPorter 302.83
GarySJ 246.73
RyanTSmith 227.76
diddybull32 202.28

Well, look who's back in the lead. Early season leader Collin has reclaimed the top spot, closely followed by LeavittTown, who put a whopping $400 on USF to beat Memphis - the largest single-game bet, and loss, of the season so far. Remember, you can wager up to 25% of your total stack each week, so if you have more than $1,000 fake dollars you can exceed the standard $250.

On the other hand, if you have less than $250, you can only wager up to the amount you have. And if you lose all your fake money, we do allow an one-time all-in bet to gain some additional scratch. Here's the rules:

10. SUDDEN DEATH BET: If you burn through your entire $1000, you will have one (1) chance to stay in the game.

The week after you run out of money, you must successfully pick one game from your school's conference against the spread. If you win the bet, you get $500 to continue playing in future weeks (although you are still in the books as -$1000 for the season). If you push the bet or lose, you are out of the game. Only one sudden death bet per customer. If you lose the entire extra $500, you are out of the game. Also, if you run out of money at the end of the regular season, your sudden death bet will be on the first game of bowl season.

There's still three weeks of regular-season play left, so manage your fake bankroll accordingly. This week's big games are Baylor-Oklahoma State, Texas A&M-LSU, and some MACtion between Northern Illinois and Toledo.