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Protect Your Unit Week 2 Picks Thread

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The Cleveland vs Alabama debate.

Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski clearly wants nothing to do with this.
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(DISCLAIMER: This game is for entertainment purposes only. No actual money is being wagered.)

As the owner of a long-running, mostly-functional website devoted to sports gambling, I get a lot of interesting email. One bit today had this headline:

Gronkowski pegs Bama as big underdog vs. Browns, gives Super Bowl pick

An active NFL player, with a history of outrageousness, handicaps an NFL team and makes a Super Bowl pick for a gambling website? I am intrigued.

In a Q&A session with Glenn Gronkowski, a former NFL fullback and three-year starter at Kansas State, he said that he would “make the Browns 21-point favorites” against Alabama. The middle brother of the Gronkowski family, Chris, took it one step further and said that Cleveland’s backups would be favored by two touchdowns over the Crimson Tide.

Well, there you go. They certainly are Gronkowskis, but probably not the ones that interest most sports fans.

As for the Browns vs. Tide debate, it seems to me you could settle this using video games. Alabama sends maybe a dozen players to the NFL each year, ranging from first-round draft picks to to bottom-rung practice squad players. Build a team out of them, and fill in the roster with even worse players (representing those not good enough to even get a training camp look), and let the computer play it out. Sounds like a job for Jon Bois.

And even that’s being optimistic, since college/pro comparisons underestimate the differences of age; any NFL lineman will dwarf almost any college lineman. So yeah, I’d probably take the Browns -21. And I’d certainly take the Browns backups -14, since the Browns’ backups aren’t much worse than their starters. That’s what makes them the Browns.

We move now from imaginary bets on imaginary football games to imaginary bets on real football games:

Week Wager Result Units Result Payoff
andrewpina Texas Christian -21.5 points over Southern Methodist TBD 113.18 TBD 0.00
andrewpina South Florida +150.0 money line to beat Georgia Tech TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin South Florida +150.0 money line to beat Georgia Tech TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin Buffalo +175.0 money line to beat Temple TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin Cincinnati +2.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin Pittsburgh +9.0 points over Penn State TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BullsOnParade96 Temple -4.0 points over Buffalo TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
BullsOnParade96 Cincinnati +2.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Hawaii -17.0 points over Rice TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Texas Christian -21.5 points over Southern Methodist TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Iowa State +155.0 money line to beat Iowa TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Duke +3.5 points over Northwestern TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Buffalo +180.0 money line to beat Temple TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Florida -13.5 points over Kentucky TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 North Carolina -15.5 points over East Carolina TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 72.0 points in the Rice-Hawaii game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Over 62.5 points in the South Alabama-Oklahoma State game TBD 13.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 South Florida +3.5 points over Georgia Tech TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Michigan State -6.0 points over Arizona State TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 54.5 points in the Michigan State-Arizona State game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Clemson -12.0 points over Texas A&M TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Texas A&M +13.0 points over Clemson TBD 9.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 56.5 points in the Penn State-Pittsburgh game TBD 9.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Nebraska -4.5 points over Colorado TBD 8.00 TBD 0.00
E-DOGG42 Under 49.5 points in the Kentucky-Florida game TBD 8.00 TBD 0.00
E-DOGG42 Michigan State -5.5 points over Arizona State TBD 8.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Temple -4.0 points over Buffalo TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Cincinnati +2.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
E-DOGG42 South Carolina +10.5 points over Georgia TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Texas Christian -21.5 points over Southern Methodist TBD 75.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Cincinnati +100.0 money line to beat Miami (OH) TBD 75.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Washington State -34.0 points over San Jose State TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Florida -13.5 points over Kentucky TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Cincinnati +2.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Over 58.5 points in the Texas Christian-Southern Methodist game TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Houston -4.0 points over Arizona TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Buffalo +5.0 points over Temple TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Memphis -4.5 points over Navy TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Under 60.0 points in the North Carolina-East Carolina game TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Cincinnati +2.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Tulsa +23.0 points over Texas TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Connecticut +33.5 points over Boise State TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
Gibbsak Under 52.5 points in the Kansas-Central Michigan game TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Memphis -4.5 points over Navy TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Clemson -12.0 points over Texas A&M TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Michigan State -6.0 points over Arizona State TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Mississippi State -8.5 points over Kansas State TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Under 54.5 points in the Mississippi State-Kansas State game TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Iowa State +4.0 points over Iowa TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Ball State +35.5 points over Notre Dame TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
gym399 Iowa State +165.0 money line to beat Iowa TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 58.5 points in the Texas Christian-Southern Methodist game TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Utah -10.0 points over Northern Illinois TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs North Carolina -15.5 points over East Carolina TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Texas Christian -21.5 points over Southern Methodist TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 47.5 points in the Appalachian State-Charlotte game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Boise State -31.0 points over Connecticut TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Hawaii -17.0 points over Rice TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 61.5 points in the Georgia Tech-South Florida game TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs South Florida +155.0 money line to beat Georgia Tech TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Mississippi State -8.5 points over Kansas State TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Appalachian State -13.5 points over Charlotte TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Cincinnati +2.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Under 72.0 points in the Rice-Hawaii game TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Fresno State +120.0 money line to beat Minnesota TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Tulsa +1300.0 money line to beat Texas TBD 1.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Houston -4.0 points over Arizona TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 South Florida +3.5 points over Georgia Tech TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Cincinnati +2.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Tulsa +23.0 points over Texas TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 South Florida +150.0 money line to beat Georgia Tech TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Over 63.5 points in the Rutgers-Ohio State game TBD 110.00 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Navy +240.0 money line to beat Memphis TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Navy +7.0 points over Memphis TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Miami (OH) pick 'em points over Cincinnati TBD 1.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts Florida Atlantic -8.5 points over Air Force TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts Over 61.5 points in the Georgia Tech-South Florida game TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts Navy +240.0 money line to beat Memphis TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Penn State -7.5 points over Pittsburgh TBD 55.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Florida -13.5 points over Kentucky TBD 55.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Mississippi State -8.5 points over Kansas State TBD 55.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Houston -205.0 money line to beat Arizona TBD 1.00 TBD 0.00

Parlays:

Week Wager Result Units Result Payoff
andrewpina Over 61.5 points in the South Alabama-Oklahoma State game Hawaii -17.0 points over Rice (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BullsOnParade96 Army -9.0 points over Liberty Houston -4.0 points over Arizona Texas Christian -21.5 points over Southern Methodist (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Wyoming +19.5 points over Missouri Missouri -16.5 points over Wyoming (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Over 63.5 points in the UCLA-Oklahoma game Central Michigan -4.5 points over Kansas Over 63.5 points in the Rutgers-Ohio State game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Utah -10.0 points over Northern Illinois North Carolina -15.5 points over East Carolina Over 58.5 points in the Texas Christian-Southern Methodist game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Tulsa +23.0 points over Texas South Florida +3.5 points over Georgia Tech Houston -4.0 points over Arizona (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 75.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Houston -4.0 points over Arizona South Florida +3.5 points over Georgia Tech Cincinnati +2.5 points over Miami (OH) (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Over 48.0 points in the Duke-Northwestern game Over 71.0 points in the Arizona-Houston game Over 58.5 points in the Texas Christian-Southern Methodist game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Florida -13.5 points over Kentucky Penn State -7.5 points over Pittsburgh (TBD,TBD) TBD TBD 63.58 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Arkansas -13.0 points over Colorado State Florida International +1.0 points over Old Dominion Utah -10.0 points over Northern Illinois (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Memphis -4.5 points over Navy Southern Mississippi -5.0 points over Louisiana-Monroe Florida -13.5 points over Kentucky (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00

That’s as of 7:30 AM Friday. I will update later.

Still a couple minor website glitches: I didn’t re-calclulate the totals after the Florida State-Virginia Tech game, so some of your weekly bet limits may have been off as a result. Also, the limit might have appeared lower than $250 for those of us, but it will still let you bet up to $250. Let me know if you encounter any problems.

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