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Protect Your Unit Week 3 Picks Thread

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A list you don’t want to be on.

NCAA Football: Fresno State at Southern California
Since beating Fresno State and Stanford, Clay Helton is a better kind of #1.
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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

In the Week 2 picks thread, UndercoverBull asked if we could have a futures bet on coaches being fired.

Funny thing is, I almost included this in the game.

Just before the season started, I got an email from a gambling information site - running PYU gets me a lot of email like this - that offered a list of props, including First Coach To Be Fired. The odds it offered were:

  • Clay Helton, USC: +600
  • Randy Edsall, UConn: +800
  • Brent Brennan, San Jose State: +1200
  • Chris Ash, Rutgers: +1500
  • Gus Malzahn, Auburn: +1800
  • Willie Taggart, Florida State: +1900
  • Lovie Smith, Illinois: +1900
  • Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech: +3500
  • Chad Morris, Arkansas: +4000
  • Kalani Sitake, BYU: +7500
  • Steve Addazio, Boston College: +9000
  • Chip Kelly, UCLA: +15000
  • Jim Harbaugh, Michigan: +20000
  • Ryan Day, Ohio State: +100000

So, before the season, you could have gotten +1900 on Willie Taggart being the first coach fired in 2019. The odds on that look a lot better, although he has competition. Other than Helton and Malzahn, none of the top candidates have won their way off the hot seat. And as we all know, a darkhorse candidate has emerged in Tampa.

The one I would have picked? Kalani Sitake. BYU has done nothing to suggest major improvement this year; opened the season with another drubbing by their hated rival; play other tough opponents early; and have an administration that’s relatively unrestrained by finances or oversight.

I decided not to add the “first coach fired” prop to the list of Futures bets, because it was kind of late to make a change, and I didn’t know how much interest the Futures bets in general would attract. I may do it next year, though.

Who would you bet on? What odds would you lay, knowing what we know after 2 weeks?

On to the actual games, here are everyone’s selections as of 7:45 AM:

BrianMartin Houston +280.0 money line to beat Washington State TBD 150.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin East Carolina +240.0 money line to beat Navy TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
BrianMartin Murray State +38.5 points over Toledo TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
bullsonparade96 Under 57.5 points in the North Texas-California game; Under 45.5 points in the Arizona State-Michigan State game; Under 54.5 points in the Nevada-Las Vegas-Northwestern game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 225.00 TBD 0.00
bullsonparade96 Under 55.0 points in the East Carolina-Navy game; Over 63.0 points in the Oklahoma State-Tulsa game; Over 59.5 points in the Hawaii-Washington game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
bullsonparade96 Memphis -19.5 points over South Alabama TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
bullsonparade96 Stanford +7.5 points over Central Florida TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
camweed12 Over 75.0 points in the Washington State-Houston game; Maryland -7.5 points over Temple; Memphis -19.5 points over South Alabama (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 75.00 TBD 0.00
camweed12 Over 59.0 points in the Clemson-Syracuse game; Over 49.5 points in the South Carolina State-South Florida game; Iowa -1.5 points over Iowa State (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
camweed12 Georgia Southern +16.5 points over Minnesota TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
camweed12 Kentucky +8.5 points over Florida TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
camweed12 Florida State +7.5 points over Virginia TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Maryland -7.5 points over Temple TBD 75.00 TBD 0.00
CarlZee Central Florida -7.5 points over Stanford TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Ohio State -14.5 points over Indiana TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Alabama -25.5 points over South Carolina TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Kentucky +8.5 points over Florida TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
carlzee Iowa State +1.5 points over Iowa TBD 6.66 TBD 0.00
dsidwell31 Florida State +7.5 points over Virginia; Over 48.5 points in the Pittsburgh-Penn State game; North Carolina +3.5 points over Wake Forest (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Maryland -6.5 points over Temple; Florida Atlantic -2.5 points over Ball State; Texas Christian -2.5 points over Purdue (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Texas Tech -2.5 points over Arizona; South Carolina State +24.5 points over South Florida (TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 67.5 points in the North Carolina-Wake Forest game; Houston +8.5 points over Washington State; Under 75.5 points in the Washington State-Houston game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Wake Forest -3.5 points over North Carolina; Colorado -3.5 points over Air Force; Central Florida -7.5 points over Stanford (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 27.71 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore North Carolina +3.5 points over Wake Forest TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore Cincinnati -16.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
ElliotMoore Kent State +34.5 points over Auburn TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
GaryStephen Eastern Michigan +8.5 points over Illinois TBD 40.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Under 57.5 points in the North Texas-California game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 65.0 points in the North Carolina-Wake Forest game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs North Carolina State -6.5 points over West Virginia TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 64.5 points in the Florida Atlantic-Ball State game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Under 61.5 points in the Memphis-South Alabama game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Central Florida -6.5 points over Stanford TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Under 56.0 points in the Western Kentucky-Louisville game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Louisiana Tech -9.5 points over Bowling Green State TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 66.0 points in the Massachusetts-Charlotte game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Duke -5.5 points over Middle Tennessee State TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Oklahoma -21.5 points over UCLA TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 66.5 points in the Oklahoma-UCLA game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 60.5 points in the Texas State-Southern Methodist game TBD 15.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs North Carolina State -6.5 points over West Virginia; Central Florida -6.5 points over Stanford; Duke -5.5 points over Middle Tennessee State (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
jrjs Over 66.5 points in the Oklahoma-UCLA game; Over 60.5 points in the Texas State-Southern Methodist game; Over 65.0 points in the North Carolina-Wake Forest game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
Julmisteforheisman Duke -5.5 points over Middle Tennessee State; Ohio State -14.5 points over Indiana; Maryland -7.5 points over Temple (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
Julmisteforheisman Maryland -7.5 points over Temple TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
Julmisteforheisman Under 76.0 points in the Cal Poly-Oregon State game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
Julmisteforheisman Over 49.5 points in the South Carolina State-South Florida game TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Houston +8.5 points over Washington State; Ohio State -14.5 points over Indiana; Florida State +7.5 points over Virginia (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Houston +8.5 points over Washington State TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Ohio State -14.5 points over Indiana TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
mcgies852 Florida State +7.5 points over Virginia TBD 25.00 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Under 53.0 points in the Kansas-Boston College game; Under 55.0 points in the East Carolina-Navy game; Over 49.5 points in the South Carolina State-South Florida game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 130.01 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Under 65.0 points in the North Carolina-Wake Forest game; Under 53.0 points in the Kansas-Boston College game (TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD 89.99 TBD 0.00
McIntyre2K7 Under 55.0 points in the East Carolina-Navy game; Under 58.0 points in the Arkansas State-Georgia game; Under 53.0 points in the Kansas-Boston College game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 Maryland -6.5 points over Temple TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 Central Florida -7.5 points over Stanford TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 Florida -8.5 points over Kentucky TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 New Mexico +34.5 points over Notre Dame TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
Snafu13 Hawaii +21.5 points over Washington TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Over 47.0 points in the Iowa-Iowa State game; Over 45.5 points in the Arizona State-Michigan State game; Over 46.0 points in the Army-Texas-San Antonio game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Central Florida -7.5 points over Stanford; Florida State +7.5 points over Virginia; Under 73.0 points in the Texas Tech-Arizona game (TBD,TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD; TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Over 57.0 points in the Stanford-Central Florida game; Central Florida -7.5 points over Stanford (TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Kent State +34.5 points over Auburn TBD 10.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Cincinnati -16.5 points over Miami (OH) TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Texas State +650.0 money line to beat Southern Methodist TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche New Mexico State +550.0 money line to beat San Diego State TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Northern Illinois +475.0 money line to beat Nebraska TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Nevada-Las Vegas +800.0 money line to beat Northwestern TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Arizona State +495.0 money line to beat Michigan State TBD 5.00 TBD 0.00
speruche Ohio +5.5 points over Marshall TBD 4.77 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Penn State -16.5 points over Pittsburgh; Southern California -4.5 points over Brigham Young (TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD 100.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Penn State -16.5 points over Pittsburgh TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Southern California -4.5 points over Brigham Young TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Central Florida -6.5 points over Stanford TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Iowa -1.5 points over Iowa State TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00
ULhothot Virginia -7.5 points over Florida State TBD 30.00 TBD 0.00

You can always view a full list of selections at the All Picks page. The Standings page is correct, and kept up-to-date as game results come in. The Gambletron 2000 is back up and running. The Dashboard will now give you a proper account of all your funds for the season, and tell you your weekly limit. So everything at the site should be running correctly; let me know if you see anything funky. I am working to add the Accomplishments I talked about previously. The back end works; I just have to add it to the front end.

Use this space to discuss this week’s games, defend your picks, speculate about fired coaches (a subject know is near and dear to everyone’s hearts), and lobby for weekly awards.