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Protect Your Unit Week 1 Picks Thread

Season 7!

Coastal Carolina v South Carolina
Coastal Carolina, one of the new FCS teams you can bet on this season.
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(DISCLAIMER: This contest is for entertainment purposes only. No actual money is being wagered.)

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 1 of Protect Your Unit!

This is the traditional Friday noon thread, in which everyone's picks are revealed. You can still make picks, if you still have fake money left to do so. You can also use this thread to discuss your picks, explain your spite bets, or anything college-football related.

I haven't published official rules yet, but they're the same as last season. You get $1000 in fake money; you must bet $50 to $250, or 5% to 25%, each week, or take one of your allowed bye weeks; at least one bet must include an AAC game. You don't have to bet on the AAC team - you can bet against them or play an over/under - the game just has to involve them.

Jamie's GAMBOLLLLLL glossary mentions line shopping. In the Protect Your Unit game, we do that for you. My system searches about 20 different sports books, real and online, and selects the best available line for each possible wager. For example, if one sports book has the Michigan-Florida point spread at 4 and another has it at 6, you can bet Florida +6 or Michigan -4. Ditto for over/under and money lines.

Also, we update the lines approximately once per day. This lets you take advantage of line changes. We also charge a vig, or house edge. Typically, you have to bet 110 fake dollars to win 100 fake dollars. All of this makes our game a very realistic simulation of real sports betting.

This season, Week 1 of the competition is actually spread across two weeks; it includes the August 26 games, mainly USF's 42-22 win at San Jose State. So any picks on those five games will also appear below.

One item of note: there were some really dodgy money lines early this week. Now, we reserve the right not to honor bets on lines that are entered incorrectly (infamously, Tulane +99.9 over FAU). But the line history shows that these were all legit offerings from sports books, so wagers on them will stand. The dodgiest of which was Texas at +300 versus Maryland. That's moved all the way to -1500. Wow. Similarly, Auburn (-260) and Nebraska (-250) had pretty soft money lines for being huge favorites over Sun Belt teams. But those were legit offerings also.

Also: two bets were placed on the Houston-UTSA game, which has since been postponed. Those bets will be voided. Meaning, they do not win or lose, but count towards weekly betting requirements.

This week's plays, as of Thursday night noon Saturday:

USER WAGER UNITS
andrewpina Colorado State -3.5 points over Oregon State 75.00
andrewpina Over 48.0 points in the Brigham Young-Louisiana State game 50.00
andrewpina Houston -12.0 points over Texas-San Antonio 50.00
andrewpina Louisville -24.5 points over Purdue 50.00
andrewpina Over 54.0 points in the Temple-Notre Dame game 25.00
bullsonparade96 Memphis -27.0 points over Louisiana-Monroe 50.00
bullsonparade96 Over 67.0 points in the Louisiana-Monroe-Memphis game 50.00
bullsonparade96 Oklahoma State -16.5 points over Tulsa 50.00
bullsonparade96 Under 55.0 points in the Florida International-Central Florida game 25.00
CarlZee Michigan -3.5 points over Florida 50.00
CarlZee Under 58.0 points in the Ball State-Illinois game 30.00
CarlZee Oregon State +155.0 money line to beat Colorado State 25.00
CarlZee Houston -12.0 points over Texas-San Antonio 25.00
CarlZee Bowling Green State +18.5 points over Michigan State 10.00
CarlZee Ball State +8.0 points over Illinois 10.00
CarlZee Nevada +24.5 points over Northwestern 10.00
CarlZee Under 69.5 points in the Navy-Florida Atlantic game 10.00
CarlZee Appalachian State +260.0 money line to beat Georgia 10.00
collin Michigan -4.0 points over Florida 248.00
collin Temple +800.0 money line to beat Notre Dame 1.00
collin Georgia Southern +34.5 points over Auburn 1.00
DaGata South Florida -33.0 points over Stony Brook 20.00
DaGata Florida +5.5 points over Michigan 20.00
DaGata Appalachian State +15.0 points over Georgia 19.80
DaGata Florida +205.0 money line to beat Michigan 15.00
Defdans Michigan -3.5 points over Florida 40.00
Defdans Florida State +7.0 points over Alabama 30.00
Defdans Under 71.5 points in the South Florida-San Jose State game 30.00
Defdans Tulsa +17.0 points over Oklahoma State 15.00
dsidwell31 San Jose State +1100.0 money line to beat South Florida 50.00
eastcoastbull South Florida -21.0 points over San Jose State 150.00
eastcoastbull Florida International +17.5 points over Central Florida 20.00
eastcoastbull Over 69.5 points in the South Florida-San Jose State game 20.00
eastcoastbull Tulsa +17.5 points over Oklahoma State 10.00
eastcoastbull South Florida -1500.0 money line to beat San Jose State 10.00
ElliotMoore Florida +160.0 money line to beat Michigan 50.00
ElliotMoore Ohio State -20.0 points over Indiana 40.00
ElliotMoore Over 50.5 points in the Rice-Stanford game 40.00
ElliotMoore South Florida -21.0 points over San Jose State 35.00
ElliotMoore Michigan State -17.5 points over Bowling Green State 30.00
ElliotMoore Florida State +220.0 money line to beat Alabama 30.00
ElliotMoore Florida International +17.0 points over Central Florida 25.00
GaryStephen Auburn -260.0 money line to beat Georgia Southern 200.00
GaryStephen Over 67.0 points in the South Florida-San Jose State game 25.00
GaryStephen South Alabama +1300.0 money line to beat Mississippi 10.00
GaryStephen Georgia Southern +6000.0 money line to beat Auburn 5.00
GaryStephen Western Michigan +2500.0 money line to beat Southern California 2.00
GaryStephen Western Carolina +1000.0 money line to beat Hawaii 2.00
GaryStephen Southeast Missouri State +1000.0 money line to beat Kansas 2.00
GaryStephen Lamar +1000.0 money line to beat North Texas 2.00
GaryStephen Texas-El Paso +5000.0 money line to beat Oklahoma 1.00
GaryStephen Kent State +10000.0 money line to beat Clemson 1.00
Gibbsak Texas +300.0 money line to beat Maryland 100.00
Gibbsak Miami (OH) 0.0 points over Marshall 10.00
Gibbsak Hawaii 0.0 points over Massachusetts 10.00
Gibbsak Florida International +17.5 points over Central Florida 10.00
Gibbsak Temple +800.0 money line to beat Notre Dame 10.00
Gibbsak Navy -12.0 points over Florida Atlantic 10.00
Gibbsak Louisiana State -12.0 points over Brigham Young 10.00
Gibbsak Georgia Tech +145.0 money line to beat Tennessee 10.00
Gibbsak Troy +10.5 points over Boise State 5.00
gym399 Colorado State -3.5 points over Oregon State 50.00
gym399 Under 67.0 points in the South Florida-San Jose State game 50.00
gym399 Under 55.5 points in the Texas A&M-UCLA game 40.00
gym399 Under 47.5 points in the Brigham Young-Louisiana State game 40.00
gym399 Under 45.0 points in the Michigan-Florida game 40.00
gym399 Temple +145.0 money line to beat Notre Dame 20.00
gym399 Under 70.5 points in the Tulsa-Oklahoma State game 10.00
HerdCountry941 Over 62.5 points in the Texas-El Paso-Oklahoma game 75.00
HerdCountry941 Old Dominion -19.5 points over Albany 50.00
HerdCountry941 Over 51.0 points in the Kent State-Clemson game 25.00
HerdCountry941 Maryland +20.5 points over Texas 25.00
HerdCountry941 Under 57.0 points in the Massachusetts-Coastal Carolina game 20.00
HerdCountry941 Duke -26.0 points over North Carolina Central 20.00
HerdCountry941 Under 57.0 points in the Temple-Notre Dame game 15.00
HerdCountry941 Missouri -35.5 points over Missouri State 10.00
HerdCountry941 Under 57.0 points in the Temple-Notre Dame game 10.00
jjlovecub Michigan -4.0 points over Florida 110.00
jjlovecub Navy -9.0 points over Florida Atlantic 110.00
jjlovecub Temple +18.5 points over Notre Dame 30.00
lrdnorman South Florida -20.5 points over San Jose State 100.00
lrdnorman Over 65.0 points in the South Florida-San Jose State game 100.00
lrdnorman Over 61.5 points in the Hawaii-Massachusetts game 50.00
McIntyre2K7 Navy -335.0 money line to beat Florida Atlantic 200.00
mmmmsnouts Michigan -3.5 points over Florida 200.00
mmmmsnouts Colorado -4.5 points over Colorado State 20.00
mmmmsnouts Navy -9.0 points over Florida Atlantic 20.00
mmmmsnouts Florida State +245.0 money line to beat Alabama 10.00
mwllz80 Massachusetts -1.5 points over Hawaii 100.00
mwllz80 South Florida -21.0 points over San Jose State 100.00
Snafu13 Temple +18.5 points over Notre Dame 50.00
Snafu13 Alabama -7.0 points over Florida State 25.00
Snafu13 Boise State -10.0 points over Troy 25.00
Snafu13 Michigan -4.0 points over Florida 25.00
ucscott Penn State -30.0 points over Akron 75.00
ucscott Tennessee -3.0 points over Georgia Tech 60.00
ucscott Texas A&M +160.0 money line to beat UCLA 60.00
ucscott Florida State +245.0 money line to beat Alabama 30.00
ucscott Notre Dame -17.5 points over Temple 15.00
ucscott Miami (OH) +2.5 points over Marshall 10.00
ULhothot Southern Mississippi +340.0 money line to beat Kentucky 60.00
ULhothot Houston 0.0 points over Texas-San Antonio 55.00
ULhothot Under 62.0 points in the Hawaii-Massachusetts game 22.00
ULhothot Under 71.5 points in the South Florida-San Jose State game 22.00
ULhothot Texas +300.0 money line to beat Maryland 21.00
ULhothot Nevada +1250.0 money line to beat Northwestern 20.00
ULhothot Purdue +1500.0 money line to beat Louisville 20.00
ULhothot San Jose State +1200.0 money line to beat South Florida 6.00
ULhothot Rice +2500.0 money line to beat Stanford 4.00

This list will expand as more people enter their fake bets through our state-of-the-art system at protectyouru.net. Have I mentioned I built it myself? Because I did. OK, I know, it sucks, but if anything doesn't work right, let me know, and I'll fix it up right away.

If you don't have a protectyouru.net login, it's not too late to join this season's contest. Send me an email at angerthespy@gmail.com and I'll hook you up. Any questions or problems, email me or post below. As always, the comment section is wide open. Have fun.