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Protect Your Unit Week 9 Results Thread

The power of the parlay comes through again.

Michigan v Michigan State
Jabrill Peppers can do it all.
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

(DISCLAIMER: This contest is for entertainment purposes only. No actual money is being wagered.)

You’re not going to believe this:

bullmartin 4716.80 1950
lrdnorman 3619.43 -185.45

Lrdnorman, who hit a massive parlay win just a couple weeks ago, has been knocked from the top spot by an even more massive parlay hit. Which was:

What’s interesting is that second one. Michigan led 30-10 well into the fourth quarter, and it looked like the over would miss. Michigan State scored a touchdown midway through the fourth, and another touchdown with one second left on the clock, to make the score 30-23. One point short of the needed amount, with a conversion pending.

That one second of time is crucial. The NCAA Football Rule Book, Rule 8, Section 3(a) says:

This happened in the Navy-USF game. Navy’s final touchdown came with no time left on the clock. No conversion was attempted, leaving the final score at 52-45, infuriating people who took Navy +6.5. (I suspect this rule exists so coaches can’t play to the point spread in a game that is already decided.)

But there was one second left, which meant Michigan State could try the conversion. They chose to go for two. This happened:

By the rarest of plays - a defensive PAT, on a two-point conversion called out of spite, where the ball landed in the hands of the one player with a need to boost his Heisman Trophy bona fides - the final score was Michigan 32, Michigan State 23. The over 54 bet wins. Combined with the high-scoring Navy-USF and Clemson-FSU games, the parlay paid off $2100 fake dollars, and vaulted Bullmartin into first place.

The rest of the standings:

diddybull32 1742.75 -236.36
bullbard 1604.90 -204.55
mmmmsnouts 1551.78 -62.27
ucscott 1460.03 221.82
eastcoastbull 1456.17 108.93
Snafu13 1353.19 -50
AndrewPina 1310.88 0
USFalum7 1063.64 0
collin 1057.25 -201
BullsOnParade96 939.67 0
GaryStephen 920.59 -202
ElliotMoore 884.64 -106.36
DaGata 877.06 54.55
jjlovecub 855 0
Gibbsak 841.85 68.18
dsidwell31 821.17 -114.55
MC3443 788.64 0
ULhothot 710.27 -201.10
gym399 666.73 -250
defdans 467.80 -117.32

There aren’t as many players in the black now, as many are making big parlay wagers to try and get back into the race. (Not me. I just made a bad bunch of picks this week.)

Floyd’s Money Team Degenerate Bet of the Week goes to Jamie/mmmmsnouts for betting on Fresno State in light of the dead cat bounce theory discussed in the Picks Thread. Unfortunately, he didn’t read the fine print, which said that such teams are good at covering the spread, not at winning outright. Jamie took Fresno to win outright and lost, though a point spread bet would have won.

Randolph and Mortimer Spite Bet of the Week goes to all the USF fans who were so quick to bet on Navy to win that game. This includes bullbard, BullMartin, disidwell31, lrdnorman, mmmmsnouts, snafu13, and myself. I’ll also honor UCScott, who bet on Temple to cover against UC (which they did). But you know what? I’ll take Navy at +269 against a questionable run defense every time it’s offered.

This week: we have games every night of the week, starting Tuesday. Western Michigan, perhaps now in the driver’s seat for the NY6 bowl with Boise State’s loss, travels to Ball State. Nebraska-Ohio State, Florida-Arkansas, and Alabama-LSU are key national games.

USF and Houston are off this week, but all other AAC teams are in action. Temple is at UConn Friday; Tulane visits C. Florida to play a game that was postponed by Hurricane Matthew; Memphis is at SMU; and East Carolina at Tulsa. There are two non-conference games: Navy at Notre Dame, and Brigham Young at Cincinnati.