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Protect Your Unit Week 6 Picks Thread

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In which we pay tribute to the late Tom Petty.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour - Nashville, Tennessee
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour - April 25, 2017
Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sacks & Co

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

I don't often acknowledge this, but: I was once a Florida Gator.

I went to the University of Florida out of high school in 1990, and transferred to USF later. I wished I'd gone to USF initially; it was a much better fit for me. In fact, my first day at USF in 1995 (I took some time off), I moved into the old "Village" housing that was on the northeast part of campus. As I pulled up to the place for the first time, I saw there was a chipping green in front of it... and students using it. Seriously, I pull up to my new dorm, and there were some guys out there with clubs, working on their short game. I was initially unsure about USF, but this was the moment that made me say to myself "Yeah, I'm in the right place now." And I was.

But I'm here today to talk about something that happened when I was at UF. In the pre-Nirvana 1990s, Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever was the biggest album out there. Petty booked a concert at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville - his hometown - and sold it out instantly. In a rare but awesome move, the concert was broadcast live on a local radio station. This was long before streaming Internet content was even imagined, so this was a big deal. It's one of the last times I ever listened to the radio, and definitely the last radio event I would ever call "appointment listening."

Like a lot of UF students that night, we got a bunch of beer, and invited some friends over to listen to the concert. About halfway through, Tom Petty says "to everyone listening at home: none of us have any pants on."

25 years later, I still remember that joke. Which was pretty funny. And an amazing show. So thank you, Tom Petty, for a good laugh, and for letting me enjoy your concert for free. Not many artists would do that. I wish you were still with us.

Okay, on to this week's picks, as of 6:50 AM:

USER WAGER UNITS
andrewpina Ohio -11.5 points over Central Michigan 100.00
andrewpina Southern Methodist +215.0 money line to beat Houston 25.00
andrewpina Marshall -15.0 points over Charlotte 25.00
andrewpina North Carolina State +160.0 money line to beat Louisville 25.00
andrewpina Kentucky -10.0 points over Missouri 25.00
andrewpina San Diego State -10.5 points over Nevada-Las Vegas 25.00
andrewpina Utah +205.0 money line to beat Stanford 25.00
BrianMartin Georgia -16.0 points over Vanderbilt 100.00
BrianMartin Penn State -14.0 points over Northwestern 100.00
BrianMartin East Carolina +3.0 points over Temple 50.00
carlzee Northwestern +15.0 points over Penn State 50.00
carlzee Over 68.0 points in the West Virginia-Texas Christian game 50.00
carlzee Duke +120.0 money line to beat Virginia 40.00
carlzee Northwestern +475.0 money line to beat Penn State 20.00
carlzee Temple -2.0 points over East Carolina 20.00
carlzee West Virginia +14.0 points over Texas Christian 15.00
dsidwell31 Under 73.5 points in the Memphis-Connecticut game 50.00
dsidwell31 Cincinnati +16.5 points over Central Florida 25.00
dsidwell31 Georgia -16.0 points over Vanderbilt 25.00
dsidwell31 Louisville -2.5 points over North Carolina State 25.00
dsidwell31 Florida -5.5 points over Louisiana State 25.00
dsidwell31 Washington State +2.5 points over Oregon 24.25
ElliotMoore Cincinnati +16.5 points over Central Florida 50.00
ElliotMoore Oregon +2.0 points over Washington State 40.00
ElliotMoore Washington State +2.5 points over Oregon 40.00
ElliotMoore Cincinnati +18.0 points over Central Florida 40.00
ElliotMoore Michigan State +14.0 points over Michigan 40.00
ElliotMoore Michigan -10.0 points over Michigan State 40.00
GaryStephen Louisville -3.5 points over North Carolina State 50.00
GaryStephen Vanderbilt +18.0 points over Georgia 50.00
GaryStephen Memphis -13.5 points over Connecticut 50.00
GaryStephen Tulsa +190.0 money line to beat Tulane 30.00
Gibbsak Memphis -13.5 points over Connecticut 10.00
Gibbsak Michigan State +14.0 points over Michigan 10.00
Gibbsak Michigan -10.5 points over Michigan State 10.00
Gibbsak Washington State +2.5 points over Oregon 10.00
Gibbsak Georgia -17.0 points over Vanderbilt 10.00
gym399 Kansas State +4.0 points over Texas 50.00
gym399 Texas Christian -13.0 points over West Virginia 50.00
gym399 Over 60.5 points in the Washington State-Oregon game 50.00
gym399 East Carolina +120.0 money line to beat Temple 50.00
gym399 East Carolina +2.5 points over Temple 50.00
lrdnorman Navy -7.5 points over Air Force 50.00
lrdnorman Cincinnati +18.5 points over Central Florida 50.00
lrdnorman Nevada-Las Vegas +11.5 points over San Diego State 25.00
lrdnorman Oregon +3.0 points over Washington State 25.00
lrdnorman Oregon +120.0 money line to beat Washington State 15.00
lrdnorman Cincinnati +675.0 money line to beat Central Florida 10.00
McIntyre2K7 Oklahoma -7500.0 money line to beat Iowa State 50.00
McIntyre2K7 Clemson -2000.0 money line to beat Wake Forest 50.00
McIntyre2K7 Georgia -800.0 money line to beat Vanderbilt 50.00
McIntyre2K7 Florida State +130.0 money line to beat Miami (FL) 30.00
McIntyre2K7 Central Florida -800.0 money line to beat Cincinnati 20.00
McIntyre2K7 Louisiana State +130.0 money line to beat Florida 10.00
McIntyre2K7 East Carolina +120.0 money line to beat Temple 10.00
McIntyre2K7 Kansas +675.0 money line to beat Texas Tech 10.00
McIntyre2K7 Maryland +4000.0 money line to beat Ohio State 1.00
ucscott Louisville -3.0 points over North Carolina State 30.00
ULhothot Over 66.5 points in the Pittsburgh-Syracuse game 110.00
ULhothot Navy -7.5 points over Air Force 55.00
ULhothot Cincinnati +16.5 points over Central Florida 22.00
ULhothot Missouri +14.0 points over Kentucky 11.00
ULhothot Texas A&M +2000.0 money line to beat Alabama 2.00

As always, you can use this thread to discuss this week’s picks. Though if you have any Tom Petty stories, I’d love to hear them. I leave you with a live performance of what is probably my favorite TP song: “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, from 1991.