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

Welcome to the official Week 1 of the Protect Your Unit season! We have a lot of information to go over, so let’s get right to it.

Week 1 included all the Thursday night games, and last week’s Florida-Miami and Arizona-Hawaii games. So we’ve already had some winners, which I’ll talk about in a bit.

NEW PLAYERS

First order of business: greetings and introductions. We have several new players this season. Please give a friendly welcome to: brian19, camweed12, JulmisteForHeisman, Nuck, Oak1787, RadicalRacer34, rocky_creeker, and speruche. Welcome everyone, and have fun! Feel free to introduce yourselves in the thread below.

Also, longtime degenerate BullsOnParade96 is back in the game, after having to exit during last season. We are delighted to have him back as well.

For the rest of you, welcome back and thanks for playing again! 20 different players have already made bets, so this may be one of the biggest fields we’ve ever had.

FUTURES UPDATE

We added a new feature this season: futures betting! From August 1 until the first game of the season, players were allowed to wager up to $100 of their annual $1,000 bankroll on season-long propositions. The over/under wins was most popular, but there were also bets on national champions, playoff teams, conference champions, and Heisman winners.

14 different players made a total of 72 futures bets. Here’s the complete list:

BullsOnParade96 Cincinnati at +450 to win Conference Championship game $50.00
BullsOnParade96 Oregon at +800 to qualify for 4-team playoff $50.00
camweed12 South Florida to win more than 6.5 games at -165 $25.00
camweed12 Houston to win more than 7.0 games at -170 $15.00
camweed12 Central Florida to win fewer than 9.5 games at -130 $10.00
camweed12 South Florida at +1200 to win Conference Championship game $5.00
camweed12 Cincinnati to win more than 7.5 games at +120 $5.00
camweed12 Tulane to win more than 5.5 games at -165 $5.00
camweed12 Tulsa to win fewer than 4.5 games at -130 $5.00
camweed12 Connecticut to win fewer than 2.5 games at -140 $5.00
camweed12 Temple to win fewer than 6.5 games at +125 $5.00
camweed12 Memphis to win fewer than 9.5 games at +110 $5.00
camweed12 Navy to win fewer than 5.0 games at +110 $5.00
camweed12 Southern Methodist to win more than 6.0 games at +120 $5.00
camweed12 East Carolina to win fewer than 4.5 games at -160 $5.00
carlzee Cincinnati to win more than 7.5 games at +120 $50.00
carlzee Tulane to win more than 5.5 games at -165 $25.00
carlzee Miami (FL) to win more than 8.5 games at -140 $25.00
Danj725 South Florida to win more than 6.5 games at -165 $60.00
Danj725 Florida State to win more than 7.0 games at -140 $20.00
Danj725 Cincinnati at +450 to win Conference Championship game $20.00
Defdans Oregon State to win more than 2.0 games at -200 $24.00
Defdans South Florida to win more than 6.5 games at -165 $19.00
Defdans Oklahoma at +350 to qualify for 4-team playoff $19.00
Defdans South Florida at +1200 to win Conference Championship game $17.00
Defdans Florida State at +1400 to win Conference Championship game $7.00
Defdans Florida State to win more than 7.0 games at -140 $5.00
Defdans Old Dominion to win more than 4.5 games at +165 $5.00
Defdans Southern Methodist at +2500 to win Conference Championship game $4.00
dsidwell31 Cincinnati to win more than 7.5 games at +120 $100.00
E-Dogg42 Ohio State at +300 to qualify for 4-team playoff $25.00
E-Dogg42 Connecticut to win more than 2.5 games at +120 $25.00
E-Dogg42 Clemson at +250 to have one of its players win Heisman Trophy $15.00
E-Dogg42 Ohio State at +850 to have one of its players win Heisman Trophy $15.00
E-Dogg42 South Florida at +1200 to win Conference Championship game $10.00
E-Dogg42 Virginia Tech at +1600 to win Conference Championship game $10.00
GaryStephen Cincinnati to win more than 7.5 games at +120 $50.00
GaryStephen Miami (FL) at +1200 to win Conference Championship game $8.33
GaryStephen Florida State at +1400 to win Conference Championship game $7.14
GaryStephen Virginia at +1600 to win Conference Championship game $6.25
GaryStephen Virginia Tech at +1600 to win Conference Championship game $6.25
GaryStephen Syracuse at +2000 to win Conference Championship game $5.00
GaryStephen North Carolina State at +4000 to win Conference Championship game $2.50
GaryStephen North Carolina at +6000 to win Conference Championship game $1.66
GaryStephen Pittsburgh at +6000 to win Conference Championship game $1.66
GaryStephen Georgia Tech at +30000 to win Conference Championship game $1.00
GaryStephen Louisville at +30000 to win Conference Championship game $1.00
GaryStephen Wake Forest at +10000 to win Conference Championship game $1.00
GaryStephen Duke at +10000 to win Conference Championship game $1.00
GaryStephen Boston College at +10000 to win Conference Championship game $1.00
Gibbsak South Florida to win more than 6.5 games at -165 $50.00
Gibbsak Florida to win more than 9.0 games at +110 $25.00
gym399 Virginia to win more than 7.5 games at -120 $50.00
gym399 Georgia at +300 to win Conference Championship game $50.00
HerdCountry941 Marshall to win more than 7.5 games at -110 $50.00
HerdCountry941 Houston to win fewer than 7.0 games at +140 $20.00
HerdCountry941 Navy to win fewer than 5.0 games at +110 $20.00
HerdCountry941 Texas to win fewer than 9.5 games at -160 $10.00
jrjs Utah at +300 to win Conference Championship game $10.00
jrjs Memphis to win more than 9.5 games at -130 $10.00
jrjs Memphis at +300 to win Conference Championship game $10.00
jrjs South Florida at +1200 to win Conference Championship game $10.00
jrjs South Florida to win more than 6.5 games at -165 $10.00
jrjs Central Florida to win more than 9.5 games at +110 $10.00
jrjs Cincinnati at +450 to win Conference Championship game $10.00
jrjs Cincinnati to win more than 7.5 games at +120 $10.00
Julmisteforheisman South Florida to win more than 6.5 games at -165 $100.00
LrdNorman South Florida to win more than 6.5 games at -165 $50.00
LrdNorman South Florida at +1200 to win Conference Championship game $50.00
undercoverbull South Florida to win more than 6.5 games at -165 $80.00
undercoverbull UCLA to win more than 5.5 games at -135 $10.00
undercoverbull Army to win fewer than 10.0 games at +170 $10.00

Cincinnati to win more than 7.5 games was the most popular play. That number does seem low for a team that went 10-2 last season, and the bet pays as an underdog to boot. We’ll see if they can do it.

My betting pattern requires some explanation. This was an idea we discussed in chat; I decided to go for it.

I bet on every team except Clemson to win the ACC. Because they were all large underdogs, it only cost me $43.79 to place a bet on every team that pays $100 if it comes in. I’m effectively betting $43.79 to win $100 that Clemson doesn’t win the ACC. That’s about +228, which is a good payout for a “field” bet.

And, I may be able to hedge on Clemson later. If Clemson goes to the ACC Championship Game, I may be able to place a bet on Clemson to win that game, and create a win-win situation where I win either the single-game bet on Clemson, or the pre-season futures bet on their opponent.

FLORIDA STATE-BOISE STATE

The Florida State-Boise State game is being moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee. This affects two bets, and one futures bet. We don’t have a standing rule on what happens when a game location is moved. Today, I will allow those players to keep the bet, or cancel it if they wish. Going forward, I will add a rule that this voids the bet, as per standard Las Vegas sports book rules.

WEBSITE UPDATES

The Dashboard has been improved, and some other minor changes have been made. And as you’ve probably noticed, I’ve done some tweaking to the overall look of the website. I think the color scheme is a lot better now. Some of the messages are still a little off; I plan to have this all fixed by the end of Week 1. Due to work, illness, and other commitments, I haven’t had much time to work on it. So I apologize for that.

TWITTER

PYU now has a Twitter account. Give us a follow at @Protectyouru. I use the account for game announcements and other commentary.

WEEK 1 PICKS

Okay, here’s who everyone has picked so far:

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briank19 Over 64.5 points in the Florida A&M-Central Florida game Central Florida 62-0 25.00 LOSS -25.00
briank19 Miami (FL) +7.5 points over Florida Florida 24-20 10.00 WIN 9.09
briank19 Hawaii +11.5 points over Arizona Hawaii 45-38 10.00 WIN 9.09
briank19 South Florida +13.5 points over Wisconsin TBD 10.00 TBD .00
bullsonparade96 Memphis -6.5 points over Mississippi Tulane -2.5 points over Florida International Cincinnati -3.5 points over UCLA (TBD,WIN,WIN) TBD Tulane 42-14 Cincinnati 24-14 100.00 N/A .00
bullsonparade96 Memphis -5.5 points over Mississippi Syracuse +17.5 points over Liberty (TBD,TBD) TBD 50.00 TBD .00
bullsonparade96 Tulane -2.5 points over Florida International Memphis -6.5 points over Mississippi (WIN,TBD) Tulane 42-14 TBD 50.00 TBD .00
camweed12 Cincinnati -3.0 points over UCLA Cincinnati 24-14 50.00 WIN 45.45
camweed12 South Florida +13.5 points over Wisconsin TBD 50.00 TBD .00
camweed12 Houston +23.5 points over Oklahoma TBD 30.00 TBD .00
camweed12 Central Florida -47.5 points over Florida A&M Central Florida 62-0 20.00 WIN 18.18
camweed12 Tulane -2.5 points over Florida International Tulane 42-14 20.00 WIN 18.18
camweed12 Maryland -29.5 points over Howard TBD 20.00 TBD .00
camweed12 Memphis -5.5 points over Mississippi TBD 20.00 TBD .00
camweed12 Over 73.5 points in the Arizona-Hawaii game Under 48.0 points in the Florida-Miami (FL) game (WIN,WIN) Hawaii 45-38 Florida 24-20 15.00 WIN 39.00
carlzee Under 47.0 points in the Northwestern-Stanford game TBD 25.00 TBD .00
carlzee Boise State +185.0 money line to beat Florida State TBD 25.00 TBD .00
carlzee Vanderbilt +21.5 points over Georgia TBD 25.00 TBD .00
carlzee Tulane -125.0 money line to beat Florida International Tulane 42-14 25.00 WIN 20.00
Danj725 Ohio State -27.5 points over Florida Atlantic TBD 50.00 TBD .00
Danj725 Over 64.5 points in the Florida A&M-Central Florida game Central Florida 62-0 25.00 LOSS -25.00
Danj725 South Florida +13.5 points over Wisconsin TBD 15.00 TBD .00
Danj725 Florida -7.5 points over Miami (FL) Florida 24-20 10.00 LOSS -10.00
Defdans Oregon +155.0 money line to beat Auburn TBD 20.00 TBD .00
Defdans Over 51.5 points in the Boise State-Florida State game Northern Illinois -2.5 points over Illinois State Oregon +3.5 points over Auburn (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD 20.00 TBD .00
Defdans Under 59.5 points in the Wisconsin-South Florida game TBD 15.00 TBD .00
Defdans South Florida +400.0 money line to beat Wisconsin TBD 15.00 TBD .00
Defdans Mississippi +6.5 points over Memphis TBD 10.00 TBD .00
Defdans Houston +1000.0 money line to beat Oklahoma TBD 7.00 TBD .00
dsidwell31 Cincinnati -3.5 points over UCLA Cincinnati 24-14 50.00 WIN 45.45
dsidwell31 Under 70.5 points in the Wagner-Connecticut game Connecticut 24-21 50.00 WIN 45.45
dsidwell31 Georgia Tech +35.5 points over Clemson Clemson 52-14 10.00 LOSS -10.00
dsidwell31 Under 57.5 points in the Wisconsin-South Florida game TBD 10.00 TBD .00
E-dogg42 Kent State +24.5 points over Arizona State Robert Morris +48.5 points over Buffalo Cincinnati -2.5 points over UCLA (WIN,WIN,WIN) Arizona State 30-7 Buffalo 38-10 Cincinnati 24-14 25.00 WIN 150.00
E-Dogg42 Cincinnati -3.5 points over UCLA Virginia Tech -2.5 points over Boston College Florida State -4.5 points over Boise State (WIN,TBD,TBD) Cincinnati 24-14 TBD TBD 20.00 TBD .00
E-dogg42 Houston +23.5 points over Oklahoma Under 80.0 points in the Houston-Oklahoma game (TBD,TBD) TBD 15.00 TBD .00
E-dogg42 South Florida +11.5 points over Wisconsin Under 59.0 points in the Wisconsin-South Florida game (TBD,TBD) TBD 15.00 TBD .00
E-dogg42 Robert Morris +46.5 points over Buffalo Morgan State +21.5 points over Bowling Green State (WIN,LOSS) Buffalo 38-10 Bowling Green State 46-3 12.00 LOSS -12.00
E-Dogg42 Hawaii +11.5 points over Arizona Over 73.5 points in the Arizona-Hawaii game Miami (FL) +7.5 points over Florida (WIN,WIN,WIN) Hawaii 45-38 Hawaii 45-38 Florida 24-20 12.00 WIN 72.00
E-Dogg42 Auburn -3.5 points over Oregon Over 49.0 points in the Miami (OH)-Iowa game Virginia -2.5 points over Pittsburgh (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD 10.00 TBD .00
E-Dogg42 South Florida +425.0 money line to beat Wisconsin TBD 10.00 TBD .00
ElliotMoore South Florida +425.0 money line to beat Wisconsin TBD 50.00 TBD .00
ElliotMoore Mississippi +6.5 points over Memphis TBD 50.00 TBD .00
ElliotMoore Middle Tennessee State +33.5 points over Michigan TBD 50.00 TBD .00
ElliotMoore Central Michigan -11.5 points over Albany Central Michigan 38-21 30.00 WIN 27.27
GaryStephen Virginia Tech -145.0 money line to beat Boston College TBD 72.50 TBD .00
GaryStephen Boston College +150.0 money line to beat Virginia Tech TBD 50.00 TBD .00
GaryStephen Under 70.5 points in the Wagner-Connecticut game Connecticut 24-21 20.00 WIN 18.18
GaryStephen Central Michigan -7.5 points over Albany Central Michigan 38-21 10.00 WIN 9.09
GaryStephen Eastern Michigan -5.5 points over Coastal Carolina TBD 10.00 TBD .00
GaryStephen Tennessee -25.5 points over Georgia State TBD 10.00 TBD .00
GaryStephen Boise State +5.5 points over Florida State TBD 10.00 TBD .00
Gibbsak Houston +24.5 points over Oklahoma TBD 28.00 TBD .00
Gibbsak Cincinnati -3.0 points over UCLA Cincinnati 24-14 25.00 WIN 22.73
Gibbsak Florida A&M +45.5 points over Central Florida Central Florida 62-0 1.00 LOSS -1.00
gym399 Under 47.5 points in the Tulsa-Michigan State game TBD 25.00 TBD .00
gym399 Under 48.0 points in the Florida-Miami (FL) game Under 61.0 points in the UCLA-Cincinnati game Under 60.5 points in the Georgia Tech-Clemson game (WIN,WIN,LOSS) Florida 24-20 Cincinnati 24-14 Clemson 52-14 25.00 LOSS -25.00
gym399 Utah -4.5 points over Brigham Young Utah 30-12 20.00 WIN 18.18
gym399 Nevada +300.0 money line to beat Purdue TBD 15.00 TBD .00
gym399 Boise State +170.0 money line to beat Florida State TBD 15.00 TBD .00
HerdCountry941 Syracuse -18.5 points over Liberty TBD 50.00 TBD .00
HerdCountry941 Over 79.5 points in the Houston-Oklahoma game TBD 50.00 TBD .00
HerdCountry941 Notre Dame -18.5 points over Louisville TBD 50.00 TBD .00
HerdCountry941 Rutgers -15.5 points over Massachusetts Syracuse -18.5 points over Liberty Under 60.5 points in the Virginia Military Institute-Marshall game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 25.00 TBD .00
HerdCountry941 Wisconsin -10.5 points over South Florida TBD 25.00 TBD .00
HerdCountry941 Over 70.5 points in the Oklahoma State-Oregon State game TBD 25.00 TBD .00
HerdCountry941 Kansas -4.5 points over Indiana State TBD 25.00 TBD .00
jrjs Arkansas +135.0 money line to beat Portland State TBD 50.00 TBD .00
jrjs Western Kentucky -8.5 points over Central Arkansas Central Arkansas 35-28 10.00 LOSS -10.00
jrjs Northern Illinois -2.5 points over Illinois State TBD 10.00 TBD .00
jrjs Western Kentucky -8.5 points over Central Arkansas Northern Illinois -2.5 points over Illinois State (LOSS,TBD) Central Arkansas 35-28 TBD 10.00 LOSS -10.00
jrjs Utah State +180.0 money line to beat Wake Forest TBD 10.00 TBD .00
jrjs Texas State +35.5 points over Texas A&M Texas A&M 41-7 10.00 WIN 9.09
jrjs Boise State +225.0 money line to beat Florida State TBD 10.00 TBD .00
jrjs Central Michigan -11.5 points over Albany Central Michigan 38-21 10.00 WIN 9.09
jrjs Memphis -4.5 points over Mississippi TBD 10.00 TBD .00
jrjs Cincinnati -3.0 points over UCLA Cincinnati 24-14 10.00 WIN 9.09
jrjs South Carolina -7.5 points over North Carolina TBD 10.00 TBD .00
jrjs Central Michigan -11.5 points over Albany Cincinnati -3.0 points over UCLA (WIN,WIN) Central Michigan 38-21 Cincinnati 24-14 5.00 WIN 13.00
jrjs Massachusetts +650.0 money line to beat Rutgers TBD 5.00 TBD .00
jrjs Nevada +375.0 money line to beat Purdue TBD 5.00 TBD .00
jrjs Fresno State +475.0 money line to beat Southern California TBD 5.00 TBD .00
Julmisteforheisman Over 57.5 points in the Wisconsin-South Florida game TBD 30.00 TBD .00
Julmisteforheisman Michigan State -21.5 points over Tulsa TBD 30.00 TBD .00
Julmisteforheisman South Florida +12.5 points over Wisconsin Ohio State -27.5 points over Florida Atlantic Georgia -21.5 points over Vanderbilt (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD Cincinnati 24-14 20.00 TBD .00
Julmisteforheisman Over 52.5 points in the Boise State-Florida State game TBD 20.00 TBD .00
LrdNorman Under 70.5 points in the Wagner-Connecticut game Connecticut 24-21 50.00 WIN 45.45
LrdNorman South Florida +13.5 points over Wisconsin TBD 50.00 TBD .00
LrdNorman Cincinnati -2.5 points over UCLA Cincinnati 24-14 25.00 WIN 22.73
LrdNorman Wagner +17.5 points over Connecticut Connecticut 24-21 25.00 WIN 22.73
LrdNorman Over 58.5 points in the Wisconsin-South Florida game TBD 25.00 TBD .00
LrdNorman Brigham Young +6.5 points over Utah Utah 30-12 25.00 LOSS -25.00
LrdNorman Under 48.0 points in the Florida-Miami (FL) game Florida 24-20 25.00 WIN 22.73
LrdNorman South Florida +425.0 money line to beat Wisconsin TBD 25.00 TBD .00
mcgies852 South Florida +425.0 money line to beat Wisconsin TBD 45.00 TBD .00
mcgies852 Houston +23.5 points over Oklahoma South Florida +12.5 points over Wisconsin Cincinnati -2.5 points over UCLA (TBD,TBD,WIN) TBD 25.00 N/A .00
mcgies852 Cincinnati -2.5 points over UCLA Cincinnati 24-14 25.00 WIN 22.73
mcgies852 South Florida +12.5 points over Wisconsin TBD 25.00 TBD .00
mcgies852 Houston +23.5 points over Oklahoma TBD 25.00 TBD .00
mcgies852 Georgia Tech +36.5 points over Clemson Clemson 52-14 25.00 LOSS -25.00
mcgies852 Brigham Young +6.5 points over Utah Utah 30-12 25.00 LOSS -25.00
mcgies852 Brigham Young +205.0 money line to beat Utah Utah 30-12 25.00 LOSS -25.00
mcgies852 Houston +1000.0 money line to beat Oklahoma TBD 20.00 TBD .00
mcgies852 Georgia Tech +5000.0 money line to beat Clemson Clemson 52-14 10.00 LOSS -10.00
Oak1787 UCLA +2.5 points over Cincinnati Cincinnati 24-14 50.00 LOSS -50.00
Oak1787 Over 60.0 points in the Georgia Tech-Clemson game Clemson 52-14 50.00 WIN 45.45
Oak1787 Florida -7.5 points over Miami (FL) Florida 24-20 50.00 LOSS -50.00
Oak1787 Central Arkansas +8.5 points over Western Kentucky Central Arkansas 35-28 30.00 WIN 27.27
Oak1787 Alabama State +42.5 points over Alabama-Birmingham Alabama-Birmingham 24-19 30.00 WIN 27.27
Oak1787 Clemson -35.5 points over Georgia Tech Clemson 52-14 18.00 WIN 16.36
Oak1787 Under 74.5 points in the Arizona-Hawaii game Hawaii 45-38 12.00 LOSS -12.00
Oak1787 Under 48.0 points in the Florida-Miami (FL) game Florida 24-20 10.00 WIN 9.09
speruche Under 72.0 points in the Oklahoma State-Oregon State game Under 59.5 points in the Wisconsin-South Florida game Over 47.5 points in the Tulsa-Michigan State game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD TBD TBD 75.00 N/A .00
speruche Oregon State +475.0 money line to beat Oklahoma State TBD 20.00 TBD .00
speruche Under 65.5 points in the Florida A&M-Central Florida game Central Florida 62-0 20.00 WIN 18.18
speruche Under 65.5 points in the Florida A&M-Central Florida game Central Florida 62-0 1.00 WIN .91
ULhothot Toledo +375.0 money line to beat Kentucky TBD 30.00 TBD .00
ULhothot Temple -40.5 points over Bucknell TBD 22.00 TBD .00
ULhothot San Diego State -7.5 points over Weber State TBD 22.00 TBD .00
undercoverbull Oklahoma State -15.5 points over Oregon State Syracuse -17.5 points over Liberty Florida State -4.5 points over Boise State (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD 15.00 TBD .00
undercoverbull Alabama -33.5 points over Duke TBD 10.00 TBD .00
undercoverbull Houston +25.5 points over Oklahoma TBD 10.00 TBD .00
undercoverbull Over 47.0 points in the Florida-Miami (FL) game Florida 24-20 10.00 LOSS -10.00
undercoverbull Hawaii +340.0 money line to beat Arizona Hawaii 45-38 10.00 WIN 34.00
undercoverbull Clemson -35.5 points over Georgia Tech Clemson 52-14 10.00 WIN 9.09
undercoverbull South Florida +13.5 points over Wisconsin TBD 10.00 TBD .00
undercoverbull Ohio State -27.5 points over Florida Atlantic TBD 10.00 TBD .00

As you can see, we’ve already had four parlay hits: E-Dogg42 ($72 and $125), new player camweed12 ($39), and jrjs ($13). Without looking, I suspect E-Dogg is our leader out of the gate, but BullsOnParade is one away from hitting a $600 win on Memphis.

Because there is a Monday night college game, the results will not be posted, and Week 2 will not be open for bets, until Tuesday morning.

THE PICKS THREAD

Use the discussion thread to discuss your picks, college football in general, mingle with your fellow degenerates, or anything else you wish. Due to the Monday night game between Notre Dame and Louisville, the results thread will be posted Tuesday morning, Usually, it appears on Monday morning. Good luck to everyone!