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Protect Your Unit Week 5 Picks Thread

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In which we review the record book.

Savannah State v Georgia Southern
Savannah State, a team that figures prominently in the PYU record book.
Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images

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

You know, I used to put a lot more effort into this.

I used to write big, complicated stories for each week’s post. But lately work has intruded, and I’ve already dug up all the great old stories and pop culture references I know about, like the Houston-Tulsa 100-point game that Dr. Phil played in. So nowadays, I pretty much just get to the picks.

But, since people enjoyed the historical data from last week, I’ve compiled another set. What are some of the superlative bets in PYU history? This goes back to 2013, when I began managing the game via protectyouru.net. I still have all the old data, so I can look up certain interesting things. Here’s a list:

POINT SPREAD BETS

Biggest pointspead/Biggest cover (favorite): -57. dsidwell31, Florida State-Idaho, 2013. It covered; FSU won 80-14.

Biggest pointspread (underdog): +60. jthoma11, Savannah State-Miami, 2013. (Excluding the infamous “Tulane +99.9” cockup.) Miami won 77-7 in a game that was shortened by mutual consent.

Biggest cover (underdog): +52.5. dsidwell31 and LrdNorman, South Carolina State-Clemson, 2013. Clemson won 52-13.

Biggest outright upset in terms of point spread: zls44, Texas A&M +23.5 at Auburn, 2014. A&M won 41-38, upsetting the #3 Tigers.

OVER UNDER BETS

Biggest over/Biggest over win: 87.5, mmmmsnouts, Texas Tech-Baylor, 2015. Baylor won 63-35.

Smallest under/Smallest under win: 36.5, GaryStephen (hey, that’s me), Virginia Tech-Boston College, 2015. Virginia Tech won 26-10.

MONEY LINE BETS

Biggest underdog ever: +433333. ulhothot and GaryStephen, Savannah State to beat Georgia Southern, 2016. Georgia Southern won 54-0. And that was their best performance; they also lost 83-9 and 77-9 games in Statesboro. We haven’t mentioned their games with Troy (66-3), Colorado State (65-13), and Oklahoma State (84-0), and several other ugly blowouts. Perhaps as a result, Savannah State has decided to drop back to Division II.

Biggest underdog ever (FBS team): +100000. zls44 and GaryStephen, Southern Mississippi to beat Alabama, 2014. Bama won 52-12.

Biggest underdog who won: +2300. ulhothot, Kentucky to beat Louisville, 2016. They did, 41-38. I bet he took no joy from it.

Biggest favorite ever: -899999. zls44, Alabama to beat Georgia State, 2013. The Tide won a mere 45-3 in Georgia State’s fourth season of football, and first at the FBS level. Way to stick your neck out.

Biggest favorite who lost: -1650. kendom took Auburn in the aforementioned Texas A&M-Auburn game in 2014.

Let me know if there’s any more of these you’re curious about. I can do a query.

This week’s picks, as of 6:45 AM Friday 10:45 AM Saturday:

USER WAGER UNITS
andrewpina Florida International -12.0 points over Charlotte 75.00
andrewpina Louisiana-Monroe -10.5 points over Coastal Carolina 75.00
andrewpina Brigham Young -3.0 points over Utah State 50.00
andrewpina Southern Methodist -18.0 points over Connecticut 50.00
BrianMartin South Florida -23.0 points over East Carolina 100.00
BrianMartin Iowa State +210.0 money line to beat Texas 100.00
BrianMartin Penn State -17.0 points over Indiana 50.00
BrianMartin Northern Illinois +350.0 money line to beat San Diego State 25.00
CarlZee South Florida -22.0 points over East Carolina 40.00
CarlZee Duke +220.0 money line to beat Miami (FL) 30.00
CarlZee Memphis +170.0 money line to beat Central Florida 30.00
CarlZee Over 48.0 points in the Northwestern-Wisconsin game 30.00
CarlZee Northwestern +500.0 money line to beat Wisconsin 20.00
collin Under 76.5 points in the South Florida-East Carolina game 338.00
collin Cincinnati -3.5 points over Marshall 1.00
collin Memphis +5.0 points over Central Florida 1.00
Defdans Over 66.5 points in the California-Oregon game 50.00
Defdans Over 44.5 points in the Houston-Temple game 50.00
Defdans Memphis +5.0 points over Central Florida 35.00
dsidwell31 Over 81.0 points in the Oklahoma State-Texas Tech game 100.00
dsidwell31 Under 80.5 points in the South Florida-East Carolina game 50.00
dsidwell31 Miami (FL) -6.0 points over Duke 25.00
dsidwell31 Texas -6.0 points over Iowa State 25.00
dsidwell31 California +14.0 points over Oregon 24.25
Eastcoastbull South Florida -23.0 points over East Carolina 99.00
Eastcoastbull Miami (FL) -6.0 points over Duke 50.00
Eastcoastbull Houston -13.0 points over Temple 50.00
Eastcoastbull Navy -5.0 points over Tulsa 20.00
Eastcoastbull Memphis +4.0 points over Central Florida 12.00
ElliotMoore South Florida -23.0 points over East Carolina 60.00
ElliotMoore Washington State +4.0 points over Southern California 60.00
ElliotMoore Mississippi +28.0 points over Alabama 60.00
ElliotMoore Duke +220.0 money line to beat Miami (FL) 50.00
ElliotMoore Houston -13.0 points over Temple 50.00
GaryStephen Ohio State -28.5 points over Rutgers 50.00
GaryStephen Under 79.5 points in the South Florida-East Carolina game 40.00
GaryStephen Louisiana-Monroe -7.5 points over Coastal Carolina 25.00
GaryStephen Coastal Carolina +11.0 points over Louisiana-Monroe 25.00
GaryStephen Middle Tennessee State +3.0 points over Florida Atlantic 20.00
GaryStephen Mississippi State +9.5 points over Auburn 20.00
GaryStephen New Mexico State +17.0 points over Arkansas 15.00
GaryStephen San Jose State +475.0 money line to beat Nevada-Las Vegas 10.00
GaryStephen Mississippi +2500.0 money line to beat Alabama 5.00
Gibbsak Bowling Green State +125.0 money line to beat Akron 25.00
Gibbsak Maryland +14.0 points over Minnesota 24.00
Gibbsak Virginia Tech +260.0 money line to beat Clemson 1.00
Gibbsak New Mexico +120.0 money line to beat Air Force 1.00
Gibbsak Texas Tech +340.0 money line to beat Oklahoma State 1.00
Gibbsak Hawaii +230.0 money line to beat Colorado State 1.00
Gibbsak Memphis +165.0 money line to beat Central Florida 1.00
Gibbsak Bowling Green State +125.0 money line to beat Akron 1.00
Gibbsak Kent State +265.0 money line to beat Buffalo 1.00
Gibbsak Washington State +170.0 money line to beat Southern California 1.00
Gibbsak Wake Forest +250.0 money line to beat Florida State 1.00
Gibbsak Tennessee +290.0 money line to beat Georgia 1.00
Gibbsak Tulsa +270.0 money line to beat Navy 1.00
gym399 Under 50.5 points in the Mississippi State-Auburn game 40.00
gym399 Oklahoma State -9.5 points over Texas Tech 40.00
gym399 Michigan State -3.5 points over Iowa 40.00
gym399 Vanderbilt +10.5 points over Florida 40.00
gym399 Over 64.5 points in the Southern California-Washington State game 40.00
gym399 Iowa State +6.5 points over Texas 40.00
gym399 Washington State +4.0 points over Southern California 40.00
gym399 Connecticut +800.0 money line to beat Southern Methodist 10.00
HerdCountry941 Over 58.0 points in the Mississippi-Alabama game 75.00
HerdCountry941 Over 53.0 points in the Ohio State-Rutgers game 75.00
HerdCountry941 Ohio -6.0 points over Massachusetts 35.00
HerdCountry941 Navy -7.0 points over Tulsa 35.00
HerdCountry941 Over 67.5 points in the Memphis-Central Florida game 30.00
jjlovecub Georgia -7.5 points over Tennessee 75.00
jjlovecub Houston -12.0 points over Temple 75.00
jjlovecub Washington State +4.5 points over Southern California 75.00
lrdnorman South Florida -22.0 points over East Carolina 63.18
lrdnorman Over 61.5 points in the Arizona State-Stanford game 50.00
lrdnorman Memphis +170.0 money line to beat Central Florida 50.00
lrdnorman Indiana +18.5 points over Penn State 25.00
lrdnorman Mississippi State +9.5 points over Auburn 25.00
lrdnorman Mississippi State +300.0 money line to beat Auburn 25.00
lrdnorman Memphis +5.0 points over Central Florida 25.00
mcgies852 Northern Illinois +11.0 points over San Diego State 50.00
mcgies852 Central Florida -3.5 points over Memphis 50.00
mcgies852 Mississippi State +9.5 points over Auburn 50.00
mcgies852 Virginia Tech +8.0 points over Clemson 50.00
mcgies852 Texas Tech +10.5 points over Oklahoma State 50.00
mcgies852 Northern Illinois +350.0 money line to beat San Diego State 50.00
McIntyre2K7 Ohio State -29.0 points over Rutgers 100.00
McIntyre2K7 South Florida -2400.0 money line to beat East Carolina 100.00
McIntyre2K7 Over 45.0 points in the Houston-Temple game 50.00
McIntyre2K7 Vanderbilt +310.0 money line to beat Florida 10.00
McIntyre2K7 Rice +1100.0 money line to beat Pittsburgh 1.00
mmmmsnouts San Diego State -10.5 points over Northern Illinois 50.00
mmmmsnouts Memphis +170.0 money line to beat Central Florida 25.00
mmmmsnouts Under 76.5 points in the South Florida-East Carolina game 25.00
mmmmsnouts Under 76.5 points in the South Florida-East Carolina game 25.00
mmmmsnouts Vanderbilt +9.5 points over Florida 25.00
Snafu13 Houston -12.0 points over Temple 25.00
Snafu13 Georgia -7.5 points over Tennessee 25.00
Snafu13 Under 75.0 points in the South Florida-East Carolina game 25.00
Snafu13 Memphis +175.0 money line to beat Central Florida 20.00
Snafu13 Clemson -7.0 points over Virginia Tech 20.00
Snafu13 Northern Illinois +330.0 money line to beat San Diego State 10.00
ucscott Cincinnati -3.5 points over Marshall 120.00
ucscott Louisville -47.5 points over Murray State 40.00
ucscott Tennessee +8.5 points over Georgia 40.00
ucscott North Carolina +300.0 money line to beat Georgia Tech 30.00
ucscott Over 73.0 points in the South Florida-East Carolina game 20.00
ucscott Virginia Tech +260.0 money line to beat Clemson 20.00
ucscott Ball State +500.0 money line to beat Western Michigan 10.00
ULhothot Stanford -15.5 points over Arizona State 55.00
ULhothot New Mexico State +17.0 points over Arkansas 44.00
ULhothot Oklahoma State -8.5 points over Texas Tech 33.00
ULhothot Navy -5.0 points over Tulsa 33.00
ULhothot Oklahoma State -8.5 points over Texas Tech 22.00
ULhothot North Carolina +300.0 money line to beat Georgia Tech 18.00
ULhothot New Mexico State +625.0 money line to beat Arkansas 15.00
ULhothot Ball State +500.0 money line to beat Western Michigan 12.00
ULhothot Temple +475.0 money line to beat Houston 7.00
ULhothot San Jose State +475.0 money line to beat Nevada-Las Vegas 6.00
ULhothot Oregon State +2000.0 money line to beat Washington 5.00

As always, use this thread to discuss this week’s action, lobby for awards, talk up your picks, or discuss whatever’s on your mind college football wise.