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Once again, football games are cancelled.

News: Hurricane Florence
Here we go again.
Ken Ruinard/Greenville News-USA TODAY NETWORK

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

Once again, we have seen college football games moved or cancelled due to an impending hurricane. East Carolina-Virginia Tech, West Virginia-North Carolina State, Central Florida-North Carolina, Marshall-South Carolina, Southern Miss-Appalachian State, and Norfolk State-Liberty were all cancelled. Ohio-Virginia was moved to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. Several other games in the region had their times and days moved up.

Campbell-Coastal Carolina was moved up to Wednesday, and played in Campbell’s stadium in tiny Buies Creek, North Carolina. This means an FBS team played a road game against an FCS team. As far as I know, this hasn’t happened since 1997, when Kent State visited Youngstown State. And it was a small FCS team to boot, from the limited-scholarship Big South Conference. Coastal won, 58-21. I really tried to you get a line for this game, but the line of Coastal -30 wasn’t published until after my PYU Wednesday morning update.

Some of you made bets on these games before they were cancelled. If you made a single bet, and want to get the money back to bet a different game, please send an email and I will take care of it. If you don’t want to re-bet, it will remain in the system as a VOID bet, and you will get your fake money back. Bets on cancelled games still count towards weekly requirements, so you don’t have to re-bet to fulfill them.

If you bet on one of these games as part of a parlay, the cancelled game will be removed from the parlay, and it will be evaluated as a 1- or 2-way parlay. This is per official rules 7.3.3 and 7.3.3.1. This situation came up in 2016, that was the ruling I made at the time, and I want to be consistent. I have since added this to the official rules.

So why do I allow single bets to re-bet, but not parlays? Here’s what I said at the time:

If [cancelled games in a parlay bet] were to occur, we would apply the rule whereby pushes are removed from the parlay, and the results are re-calculated as a 2-way parlay, or a single wager without vigorish.

I feel that the game being cancelled is part of the risk that is taken when a bet on a game is placed. You don’t get to revise your bet when other events occur, such as player injury, or adverse weather conditions. And I think being able to change one of the components of a parlay wager would go against the nature of a parlay.

This may prove to be advantageous or disadvantageous to [people who made a parlay wager that has a cancelled game in it]. But I don’t think it’s fair to let players change how that money is allocated. It opens a can of worms whereby some players will want to re-wager and others won’t; potentially ambiguous situations may arise; and I’ll have to manually keep track of it all. I am comfortable treating these games as cancelled or non-completed games are treated.

In other words, because a parlay is part of a larger bet, it doesn’t seem right to allow you to change it. Single bets have no further impact, so I don’t mind giving you the fake money back to re-bet if desired. I hope everyone understands this ruling.

Next news item: apparently the ol’ Gambletron 2000 had a quite a thing for the Memphis-Navy game. It offered it an ordinate number of times, including after the game had ended, and well into week 3. You know how old video games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Sinistar malfunctioned when some counter reached 255? Well, Memphis-Navy was game #127 in my database, and an error in the Gambletron 2000 treated any game number above 127 as 127. This has since been fixed.

So you can stop on betting on last week’s games now, you freaking degenerates. I won’t name names, but I will award everyone who exploited this bug the Floyd’s Money Team Degenerate Bet of the Week. And a nice big “VOID” in your list of results. Fake money doesn’t grow on trees, dammit.

Speaking of which, if you didn’t see my comments in last week’s Results thread: I heartily encourage bug exploitation. Two reasons: one, it tests the site for robustness, and brings errors to my attention so I can fix them.

More importantly: gamblers should be looking for every edge they can find. If a line looks off, go ahead and bet it. I can always cancel your bet if there’s a legit error. More often than not, errors reported to me have been by the real sports books we use, and stand up as valid PYU offerings. See last year’s Marshall-Pittsburgh game for further discussion of that.

Having said that, please do drop me a line if anything looks hinky. I work hard to keep the game fair and competitive for all.

Picks as of right now (7:35 AM Friday):

User Wager Final Score Units Result Payoff
BrianMartin Toledo +10.5 points over Miami (FL) TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin Syracuse +145.0 money line to beat Florida State TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin Over 59.0 points in the South Florida-Illinois game TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin Houston pick 'em points over Texas Tech TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin Texas Christian +13.5 points over Ohio State TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin Texas Christian +420.0 money line to beat Ohio State TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BullsOnParade96 South Florida -385.0 money line to beat Illinois TBD 175.00 TBD 0.00
BullsOnParade96 Tulsa +1.5 points over Arkansas State TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BullsOnParade96 Texas Tech +1.5 points over Houston TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee South Florida -9.0 points over Illinois TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Over 63.5 points in the Boise State-Oklahoma State game TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Over 71.0 points in the Houston-Texas Tech game TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Fresno State +2.0 points over UCLA TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 South Florida -10.0 points over Illinois TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Houston pick 'em points over Texas Tech TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Duke +7.0 points over Baylor TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Baylor pick 'em points over Duke TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Over 59.0 points in the South Florida-Illinois game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Over 51.0 points in the Fresno State-UCLA game TBD 9.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Florida State -2.0 points over Syracuse TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Texas-El Paso +30.0 points over Tennessee TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Georgia Tech -3.0 points over Pittsburgh TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Louisiana State +10.5 points over Auburn TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 70.0 points in the North Texas-Arkansas game TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Colorado State +775.0 money line to beat Florida TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 71.5 points in the Houston-Texas Tech game TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore South Florida -9.0 points over Illinois TBD 35.00 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore Southern Methodist +35.5 points over Michigan TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Memphis -24.0 points over Georgia State TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen South Florida -10.0 points over Illinois TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Louisiana State +10.5 points over Auburn TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Army -6.0 points over Hawaii TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Louisiana State +10.0 points over Auburn TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Under 52.0 points in the Ohio-Virginia game TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Eastern Michigan +175.0 money line to beat Buffalo TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Fresno State +2.0 points over UCLA TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Eastern Michigan +4.0 points over Buffalo TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Akron +1100.0 money line to beat Northwestern TBD 9.09 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Kansas -3.0 points over Rutgers TBD 1.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Nebraska -8.0 points over Troy TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak East Carolina +29.0 points over Virginia Tech Virginia Tech 0-0 5.00 VOID 0.00
Gibbsak Georgia Tech -3.0 points over Pittsburgh TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Texas -3.5 points over Southern California TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Over 68.5 points in the Houston-Texas Tech game TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Tulsa +105.0 money line to beat Arkansas State TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak San Diego State +195.0 money line to beat Arizona State TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak UCLA +135.0 money line to beat Fresno State TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Georgia Tech -175.0 money line to beat Pittsburgh TBD 1.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 South Florida -9.0 points over Illinois TBD 150.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Hawaii +200.0 money line to beat Army TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Toledo +290.0 money line to beat Miami (FL) TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Pittsburgh +175.0 money line to beat Georgia Tech TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Boise State +3.0 points over Oklahoma State TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Louisiana State +285.0 money line to beat Auburn TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs South Florida -9.0 points over Illinois TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Syracuse +140.0 money line to beat Florida State TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Boise State +125.0 money line to beat Oklahoma State TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 49.0 points in the Duke-Baylor game TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 53.0 points in the Eastern Michigan-Buffalo game TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 63.5 points in the Boise State-Oklahoma State game TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Miami (OH) +14.5 points over Minnesota TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Duke +7.0 points over Baylor TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Baylor pick 'em points over Duke TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Duke +210.0 money line to beat Baylor TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Under 66.0 points in the Missouri-Purdue game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Under 46.0 points in the Arizona State-San Diego State game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Fresno State -105.0 money line to beat UCLA TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Boise State +3.0 points over Oklahoma State TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Hawaii +205.0 money line to beat Army TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Toledo +320.0 money line to beat Miami (FL) TBD 2.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman South Florida -9.0 points over Illinois TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Syracuse +3.5 points over Florida State TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Syracuse +145.0 money line to beat Florida State TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Duke +7.0 points over Baylor TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Over 59.0 points in the South Florida-Illinois game TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman North Texas +7.5 points over Arkansas TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman North Texas +235.0 money line to beat Arkansas TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Hawaii +7.0 points over Army TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Hawaii +200.0 money line to beat Army TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Tulane -3.5 points over Alabama-Birmingham TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Houston pick 'em points over Texas Tech TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Tulsa +1.5 points over Arkansas State TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 South Florida -10.0 points over Illinois TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Texas Christian +13.5 points over Ohio State TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Texas Christian +420.0 money line to beat Ohio State TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Charlotte +120.0 money line to beat Old Dominion TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts South Florida -9.0 points over Illinois TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts Texas Christian +13.0 points over Ohio State TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts Syracuse +145.0 money line to beat Florida State TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 Boise State +3.5 points over Oklahoma State TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 South Florida -9.0 points over Illinois TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 Louisiana State +10.5 points over Auburn TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 Syracuse +3.5 points over Florida State TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 Georgia Tech -3.5 points over Pittsburgh TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Ohio State -13.0 points over Texas Christian TBD 55.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Washington -5.5 points over Utah TBD 55.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Boston College -4.5 points over Wake Forest TBD 33.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Toledo +320.0 money line to beat Miami (FL) TBD 11.83 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Memphis -26.5 points over Georgia State TBD 11.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Houston pick 'em points over Texas Tech TBD 11.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Central Florida -12.5 points over North Carolina North Carolina 0-0 75.00 VOID 0.00
undercoverbull Hawaii +6.0 points over Army TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Miami (FL) -10.0 points over Toledo TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Over 68.0 points in the Florida State-Syracuse game TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Over 71.0 points in the Houston-Texas Tech game TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Wake Forest +220.0 money line to beat Boston College TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Houston pick 'em points over Texas Tech TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Georgia Tech -3.0 points over Pittsburgh TBD 11.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Georgia Southern +34.5 points over Clemson TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Texas Christian +420.0 money line to beat Ohio State TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
undercoverbull Michigan -35.0 points over Southern Methodist TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00

Parlay wagers include:

Week Wager Result Units Result Payoff
BrianMartin Over 59.0 points in the South Florida-Illinois game Houston pick 'em points over Texas Tech (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BullsOnParade96 Miami (FL) -10.0 points over Toledo Temple +16.0 points over Maryland South Florida -10.0 points over Illinois (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
BullsOnParade96 Miami (FL) -10.0 points over Toledo South Florida -10.0 points over Illinois (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee South Florida -10.0 points over Illinois Over 63.5 points in the Boise State-Oklahoma State game Maryland -15.5 points over Temple (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Louisiana State +10.0 points over Auburn Over 63.5 points in the Boise State-Oklahoma State game Florida State -3.0 points over Syracuse (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Central Florida -12.5 points over North Carolina Miami (FL) -10.0 points over Toledo Arkansas State +1.5 points over Tulsa (VOID,TBD,TBD) North Carolina 0-0 TBD TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Washington -6.0 points over Utah Under 72.0 points in the Arkansas State-Tulsa game Over 44.5 points in the Georgia Southern-Clemson game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Ohio State -13.0 points over Texas Christian UCLA +1.5 points over Fresno State (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Florida -18.5 points over Colorado State Florida State -2.0 points over Syracuse Central Florida -12.5 points over North Carolina (TBD,TBD,VOID) TBD TBD North Carolina 0-0 50.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 63.5 points in the Boise State-Oklahoma State game Over 49.0 points in the Duke-Baylor game (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 53.0 points in the Eastern Michigan-Buffalo game Over 49.0 points in the Duke-Baylor game (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Penn State -34.5 points over Kent State Miami (FL) -10.5 points over Toledo (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 32.87 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Hawaii +7.0 points over Army Tulane -3.5 points over Alabama-Birmingham Tulsa +1.5 points over Arkansas State (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Memphis -24.0 points over Georgia State Central Florida -12.5 points over North Carolina South Florida -9.0 points over Illinois (TBD,VOID,TBD) TBD North Carolina 0-0 TBD 130.54 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Over 58.5 points in the Georgia State-Memphis game Over 56.5 points in the Miami (FL)-Toledo game Over 59.0 points in the South Florida-Illinois game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Over 58.5 points in the Georgia State-Memphis game Over 59.0 points in the South Florida-Illinois game (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 South Florida -9.0 points over Illinois Central Florida -12.5 points over North Carolina (TBD,VOID) TBD North Carolina 0-0 25.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Ohio State -13.0 points over Texas Christian Washington -5.5 points over Utah (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Memphis -27.0 points over Georgia State Virginia -3.0 points over Ohio (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Rutgers +2.5 points over Kansas Georgia Tech -3.5 points over Pittsburgh Duke +6.5 points over Baylor (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00

The View All Picks page should display everyone’s picks, and update throughout the weekend. Because of my day job, I have to pre-publish this post - I can’t do it at exactly noon Eastern. So this post is only as current as whenever I can work on it, usually Thursday night or Friday morning. The protectyouru.net website will have the most current list.

So, who ya got? Post your picks, commentary, spite/degenerate bets, and talk about this week’s games below.