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Protect Your Unit Week 7 Picks Thread

NCAA Football: Appalachian State at North Carolina
This picture isn’t from Wednesday’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette, but it’s too cool not to use.
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(DISCLAIMER: This game is for entertainment purposes only. No actual money is being wagered.)

Well, this week is off to a good start:

andrewpina Appalachian State +2.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette (WIN) Appalachian State 17-7 50.00 TBD 0.00
briank19 Appalachian State +1.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette Appalachian State 17-7 50.00 WIN 45.45
E-dogg42 Under 69.5 points in the Appalachian State-Louisiana-Lafayette game Appalachian State 17-7 10.00 WIN 9.09
E-dogg42 Appalachian State +2.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette; Under 69.0 points in the Appalachian State-Louisiana-Lafayette game (WIN,WIN) Appalachian State 17-7; Appalachian State 17-7 5.00 WIN 13.00
jrjs Appalachian State +2.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette Appalachian State 17-7 15.00 WIN 13.64
speruche Under 69.5 points in the Appalachian State-Louisiana-Lafayette game (WIN) Appalachian State 17-7 40.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Appalachian State +1.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette (WIN) Appalachian State 17-7 50.00 TBD 0.00

In the first Wednesday Fun Belt game of the season, everyone got Appalachian State and the under right. Three of you need further results to win a parlay, but you can’t win a parlay if you lose the first game. Well done to everyone there.

You’ll notice I root for the players to win. It’s more fun that way. I’m like a game show host: I have to enforce the rules, but I do like it when people win, and it doesn’t cost me anything if you do. I have a bank vault full of fake money.

But I’m not above trying to trick you. This week’s lines had some examples of sucker bets - bets no one should ever take. I don’t do this intentionally; PYU lines are a composite of real-life sports book offerings, and sometimes these situations arise. Here’s an example:

Team Point Spread Money Line
Visitor Pick 'em -107 (ML)
Home +1 -110

Can you spot the sucker bet? Take a moment and try to locate it.

Okay. The answer is... there are actually two. Possibly three.

First, look at the visiting team. You can bet them as a pick’em, (plus or minus no points), or you can take them to win the game outright for -107. The pick’em bet, being a point spread bet, pays -110 as all point spread bets do in PYU. A pick’em bet is essentially the same as a money line bet, so you’ve got two identical bets, one paying -110 and one paying a more favorable -107. The pick’em bet is the sucker bet. An effectively identical bet is available, in which you pay a lower fee to the house.

By the same token, the home team has -110 on the money line, and +1 for the point spread. The point spread also pays -110. So the house is giving you a free point to bet on the point spread instead of the money line. If the home team loses by 1, you push the bet instead of losing it. A small edge, you might say, but doing well in gambling is all about finding small edges.

What’s the third sucker bet? Remember, the Gambletron 2000 offers a random point spread at -102. If one of these plays is available, you could get it at the lower cost of -102.

By the way, if you do any real-life gambling, look for this phenomenon. Casinos will put out rows of identical video poker machines with identical rules, but significant differences in payout. I’ve seen it. Why get paid 6 for a full house if you can get paid 8? People don’t notice it. They won’t even listen if you try tell them. Gambling brings out weird things in people. So always be careful with it.

Okay, enough of today’s lesson. On to this week’s selections. I have to post these early Friday morning because of work, but you can always see a full list at http://protectyouru.net/pyu/weekly_picks.php.

User Wager Final Score Units Result Payoff
andrewpina Brigham Young -5.0 points over South Florida TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
andrewpina Virginia +1.5 points over Miami (FL); Louisiana-Monroe -3.0 points over Texas State; Appalachian State +2.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette (TBD,WIN,WIN) TBD; Louisiana-Monroe 24-14; Appalachian State 17-7 50.00 TBD 0.00
andrewpina San Jose State +105.0 money line to beat Nevada TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
andrewpina Virginia +1.5 points over Miami (FL) TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
anthonyvito Wisconsin -10.0 points over Michigan State TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
anthonyvito Army -4.0 points over Western Kentucky TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
anthonyvito Over 49.5 points in the Memphis-Temple game TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
briank19 Appalachian State +1.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette Appalachian State 17-7 50.00 WIN 45.45
briank19 Alabama-Birmingham -11.0 points over Texas-San Antonio; Indiana -28.0 points over Rutgers; Louisiana-Monroe -3.5 points over Texas State (TBD,TBD,WIN) TBD; TBD; Louisiana-Monroe 24-14 15.00 TBD 0.00
briank19 Memphis -5.5 points over Temple TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
briank19 Western Michigan -12.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
briank19 Eastern Michigan +1.0 points over Ball State TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
briank19 Cincinnati -7.5 points over Houston TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
briank19 Wisconsin -10.0 points over Michigan State TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
briank19 Tulsa +1.0 points over Navy TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
bullsonparade96 Memphis -4.0 points over Temple; Army -5.5 points over Western Kentucky; Wake Forest -6.5 points over Louisville (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 240.00 TBD 0.00
bullsonparade96 South Florida +4.0 points over Brigham Young TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
bullsonparade96 Cincinnati -5.5 points over Houston TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Oklahoma -10.5 points over Texas; Mississippi State -6.5 points over Tennessee; Memphis -4.0 points over Temple (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Over 54.0 points in the South Carolina-Georgia game; Over 61.0 points in the Alabama-Texas A&M game; Over 61.5 points in the Florida State-Clemson game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Penn State -4.0 points over Iowa; Florida +13.5 points over Louisiana State; Over 39.0 points in the Wyoming-San Diego State game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Army -3.5 points over Western Kentucky TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Over 55.0 points in the Mississippi-Missouri game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Under 63.5 points in the Charlotte-Florida International game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 58.5 points in the Ball State-Eastern Michigan game; Under 57.0 points in the New Mexico State-Central Michigan game (TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD 45.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 67.0 points in the Georgia State-Coastal Carolina game; Army -3.5 points over Western Kentucky; Penn State -4.0 points over Iowa (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Over 41.0 points in the Michigan State-Wisconsin game; Over 43.5 points in the Penn State-Iowa game; Over 39.0 points in the Wyoming-San Diego State game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Florida +375.0 money line to beat Louisiana State TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Arizona State -2.0 points over Washington State; Connecticut +35.0 points over Tulane (TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 69.5 points in the Appalachian State-Louisiana-Lafayette game Appalachian State 17-7 10.00 WIN 9.09
E-dogg42 Under 63.5 points in the Louisiana-Monroe-Texas State game Louisiana-Monroe 24-14 10.00 WIN 9.09
E-dogg42 Under 68.0 points in the Colorado State-New Mexico game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Over 42.5 points in the Virginia-Miami (FL) game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Oklahoma -10.0 points over Texas TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Florida State +26.0 points over Clemson TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Over 42.5 points in the Michigan State-Wisconsin game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 68.0 points in the Georgia State-Coastal Carolina game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Army -5.5 points over Western Kentucky TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Florida +13.5 points over Louisiana State TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Over 38.5 points in the Wyoming-San Diego State game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 69.0 points in the Appalachian State-Louisiana-Lafayette game; Appalachian State +2.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette (WIN,WIN) Appalachian State 17-7; Appalachian State 17-7 5.00 WIN 13.00
ElliotMoore South Florida +4.0 points over Brigham Young TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore Wisconsin -10.0 points over Michigan State TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore Ohio -6.5 points over Northern Illinois TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore Air Force -3.5 points over Fresno State TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore Iowa +160.0 money line to beat Penn State TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore Marshall -14.5 points over Old Dominion TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen South Florida +6.5 points over Brigham Young TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Nebraska +8.0 points over Minnesota TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Florida +13.5 points over Louisiana State TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Over 37.5 points in the Wyoming-San Diego State game TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
jjlovecub Houston +7.5 points over Cincinnati TBD 77.00 TBD 0.00
jjlovecub Florida State +27.5 points over Clemson TBD 77.00 TBD 0.00
jjlovecub Utah -14.0 points over Oregon State TBD 77.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Under 68.0 points in the Colorado State-New Mexico game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 42.5 points in the Virginia-Miami (FL) game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 41.5 points in the Army-Western Kentucky game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Missouri -8.5 points over Mississippi TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs North Texas +5.5 points over Southern Mississippi TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Appalachian State +2.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette Appalachian State 17-7 15.00 WIN 13.64
jrjs New Mexico +4.5 points over Colorado State TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Eastern Michigan +2.5 points over Ball State TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs New Mexico State +12.0 points over Central Michigan TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Georgia State +6.5 points over Coastal Carolina TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Louisville +7.0 points over Wake Forest TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Syracuse +5.0 points over North Carolina State North Carolina State 16-10 15.00 LOSS -15.00
jrjs Under 56.0 points in the Mississippi State-Tennessee game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Arizona State +1.0 points over Washington State TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Missouri -8.5 points over Mississippi; Over 41.5 points in the Army-Western Kentucky game (TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Syracuse +180.0 money line to beat North Carolina State North Carolina State 16-10 10.00 LOSS -10.00
jrjs South Florida +220.0 money line to beat Brigham Young TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Texas State +145.0 money line to beat Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana-Monroe 24-14 10.00 LOSS -10.00
Julmisteforheisman South Florida +185.0 money line to beat Brigham Young TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
Julmisteforheisman Cincinnati -7.0 points over Houston; Wisconsin -9.0 points over Michigan State; Army -3.5 points over Western Kentucky (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
Julmisteforheisman Nebraska +8.5 points over Minnesota TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Michigan -21.0 points over Illinois; Georgia -24.0 points over South Carolina; Toledo -25.0 points over Bowling Green State (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 55.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Virginia +2.5 points over Miami (FL) TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Virginia +115.0 money line to beat Miami (FL) TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Texas +11.0 points over Oklahoma TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Alabama -16.0 points over Texas A&M TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman South Florida +6.5 points over Brigham Young TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman South Florida +220.0 money line to beat Brigham Young TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman West Virginia +10.5 points over Iowa State TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Texas Tech +11.0 points over Baylor TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Southern California +11.5 points over Notre Dame TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
LrdNorman Texas +325.0 money line to beat Oklahoma TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 South Florida +6.0 points over Brigham Young TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 South Florida +6.0 points over Brigham Young; Florida State +27.0 points over Clemson; Florida +13.5 points over Louisiana State (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Florida +13.5 points over Louisiana State; Penn State -4.0 points over Iowa; South Florida +6.0 points over Brigham Young (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 South Florida +185.0 money line to beat Brigham Young TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Florida State +27.0 points over Clemson TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Penn State -4.0 points over Iowa TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Florida +13.5 points over Louisiana State TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Florida +375.0 money line to beat Louisiana State TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts Brigham Young -4.0 points over South Florida TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts Missouri -11.5 points over Mississippi TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts Under 75.5 points in the Oklahoma-Texas game TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
mmmmsnouts Baylor -10.0 points over Texas Tech TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Under 66.5 points in the Colorado State-New Mexico game; Under 76.0 points in the Oklahoma-Texas game; Under 66.0 points in the Louisville-Wake Forest game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Miami (FL) -2.0 points over Virginia TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Memphis -5.0 points over Temple TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Mississippi State -6.5 points over Tennessee TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Georgia -23.0 points over South Carolina TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Alabama -17.0 points over Texas A&M TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 South Florida +6.0 points over Brigham Young TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Vanderbilt -14.0 points over Nevada-Las Vegas TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Baylor -10.5 points over Texas Tech TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Army -4.5 points over Western Kentucky TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Louisiana Tech -31.5 points over Massachusetts TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Oak1787 Bowling Green State +26.5 points over Toledo TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Over 42.5 points in the Virginia-Miami (FL) game; Over 41.5 points in the Army-Western Kentucky game; Over 38.5 points in the Wyoming-San Diego State game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 125.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Under 68.0 points in the Georgia State-Coastal Carolina game; Under 75.0 points in the Oklahoma-Texas game; Under 69.5 points in the Appalachian State-Louisiana-Lafayette game (TBD,TBD,WIN) TBD; TBD; Appalachian State 17-7 40.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Bowling Green State +24.5 points over Toledo; Florida State +26.0 points over Clemson; Connecticut +35.0 points over Tulane (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Brigham Young -4.0 points over South Florida; Florida Atlantic -11.5 points over Middle Tennessee State; Nevada-Las Vegas +15.5 points over Vanderbilt (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Boise State -13.0 points over Hawaii; Louisiana State -13.5 points over Florida; Under 75.0 points in the Oklahoma-Texas game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 35.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Texas State +145.0 money line to beat Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana-Monroe 24-14 25.00 LOSS -25.00
speruche South Florida +185.0 money line to beat Brigham Young TBD 14.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Texas +310.0 money line to beat Oklahoma TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Georgia Tech +600.0 money line to beat Duke TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Old Dominion +400.0 money line to beat Marshall TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche New Mexico State +340.0 money line to beat Central Michigan TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Akron +340.0 money line to beat Kent State TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Washington -6.5 points over Arizona; Penn State -4.0 points over Iowa; Mississippi State -6.5 points over Tennessee (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 90.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Appalachian State +1.0 points over Louisiana-Lafayette; Southern California +11.5 points over Notre Dame (WIN,TBD) Appalachian State 17-7; TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Penn State -3.5 points over Iowa; Missouri -11.5 points over Mississippi; Houston +7.5 points over Cincinnati (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 45.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot West Virginia +290.0 money line to beat Iowa State TBD 35.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Oregon State +395.0 money line to beat Utah TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Connecticut +35.0 points over Tulane TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00

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