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What’s new and exciting in Protect Your Unit this week?
Two games have been cancelled so far: Coastal Carolina at Louisiana was called off due to Hurricane Delta, but it still counts as a cancellation (COVID-19 doesn’t have to be the cause of it). FAU-Southern Miss was postponed for more 2020-specific reasons. Bets on those games have been set to VOID as per rules. The “number of cancellations” over-under can be bet until noon Eastern time on Saturday.
Also, we had a game move to a different site. The Missouri-LSU game has been moved from LSU’s Tiger Stadium to Missouri’s Faurot Field, also to avoid Hurricane Delta. I was surprised to discover PYU had no official rule covering this, though it is implied in a couple places. Real sportsbook rules typically say that a game “must be played on the scheduled date and site unless otherwise specified” for a bet to be valid. This is because home field advantage is a big factor in sports betting; in football, home field advantage is typically worth 3 points to the point spread. The LSU-Missouri point spread dropped from 20 to 14, which matches this perfectly.
It wouldn’t be fair to hold players to a bet when the game conditions changed this much. At the same time, they did enter a bet on the game, and may want to keep it despite this change. Parlays further complicate things, since PYU does not allow modifying parlays after they are entered. So I have added a new rule to the official rules:
14.6.4. If the site of a game changes, players will be given the choice of keeping an existing bet, or having the bet voided as per rule 14.6.1. If the player does not choose, it will be voided.
Two players this week had bet on Missouri-LSU before it was moved, and were given this option. One opted to keep the bet (as part of a three-way parlay) and the other let it be voided.
bullsonparade96 started the week at 3.77, and is already down to 2.77 after losing the Tulane-Houston over. By the way, if your bankroll gets that low, you can bet it all on one game - you don’t have to do the three bets. This is an official rule:
9.4.1. If you have less than $250 fake dollars remaining, you may bet it all on one wager, if desired.
With the season schedule now coming into focus, it looks like there will be 17 weeks of PYU. Sixteen regular season weeks, plus one “week” for all the bowl and post-season games. There may also be some overlap of bowl games and regular season games. According to fbschedules.com (which is the go-to source for this kind of intel), the Big Ten and Pac-12 both have divisional crossover games scheduled for December 19. The Cure Bowl and Camellia Bowl, as far as I know, are also scheduled for that day. If those bowl games are played then, they will be treated as Week 16 games, but they will still count towards “bowl season” minimums.
This week’s picks, as of about noon Eastern time today, are:
|bullsonparade96||South Florida -4.0 points over East Carolina||TBD||1.77||TBD||0.00|
|bullsonparade96||Under 59.5 points in the Tulane-Houston game||Houston 49-31||1.00||LOSS||-1.00|
|bullsonparade96||Temple -2.5 points over Navy||TBD||1.00||TBD||0.00|
|Danj725||Over 64.0 points in the Miami (FL)-Clemson game||TBD||100.00||TBD||0.00|
|Danj725||Over 56.0 points in the East Carolina-South Florida game; South Florida -4.0 points over East Carolina (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||50.00||TBD||0.00|
|Danj725||Over 48.5 points in the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game; South Carolina -11.5 points over Vanderbilt (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||25.00||TBD||0.00|
|Danj725||Over 53.0 points in the Kansas State-Texas Christian game||TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|Danj725||Over 45.0 points in the Tennessee-Georgia game||TBD||10.00||TBD||0.00|
|Danj725||Over 2.5 points in the COVID-19-Number of Games Cancelled game||TBD||5.00||TBD||0.00|
|Danj725||Florida Atlantic -3.5 points over Southern Mississippi||Southern Mississippi 0-0||0.00||VOID||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Under 74.5 points in the Alabama-Mississippi game; Under 64.0 points in the Miami (FL)-Clemson game; Under 68.5 points in the Charlotte-North Texas game (TBD,TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD; TBD||30.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Miami (FL) +600.0 money line to beat Clemson||TBD||25.25||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Under 66.0 points in the Central Arkansas-Arkansas State game; Florida International -3.5 points over Middle Tennessee State; Under 71.0 points in the Alabama-Mississippi game (TBD,TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD; TBD||20.75||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Under 59.5 points in the Tulane-Houston game; Houston -5.0 points over Tulane (LOSS,WIN)||Houston 49-31; Houston 49-31||16.00||LOSS||-16.00|
|E-dogg42||Florida Atlantic -2.0 points over Southern Mississippi; Notre Dame -20.5 points over Florida State (VOID,TBD)||Southern Mississippi 0-0; TBD||16.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Louisville -6.0 points over Georgia Tech; Under 65.5 points in the Louisville-Georgia Tech game (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||South Florida -4.0 points over East Carolina; Kentucky -3.0 points over Mississippi State (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Temple -2.5 points over Navy; Duke -1.0 points over Syracuse (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Over 42.5 points in the Pittsburgh-Boston College game; Marshall -5.5 points over Western Kentucky (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Under 56.0 points in the East Carolina-South Florida game; Over 44.5 points in the Marshall-Western Kentucky game (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Oklahoma -2.0 points over Texas; South Florida -4.0 points over East Carolina (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Charlotte -3.0 points over North Texas; Georgia -12.0 points over Tennessee (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Under 2.5 points in the COVID-19-Number of Games Cancelled game||TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Under 60.0 points in the Virginia Tech-North Carolina game; Over 41.5 points in the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||12.00||TBD||0.00|
|E-dogg42||Marshall -5.5 points over Western Kentucky||TBD||10.00||TBD||0.00|
|ElliotMoore||South Florida -4.0 points over East Carolina||TBD||30.00||TBD||0.00|
|ElliotMoore||Georgia -12.0 points over Tennessee||TBD||30.00||TBD||0.00|
|ElliotMoore||North Carolina -5.0 points over Virginia Tech||TBD||20.00||TBD||0.00|
|ElliotMoore||Tulane +165.0 money line to beat Houston||Houston 49-31||15.00||LOSS||-15.00|
|ElliotMoore||Navy +115.0 money line to beat Temple||TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|ElliotMoore||Alabama -24.5 points over Mississippi||TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|ElliotMoore||Pittsburgh -4.5 points over Boston College||TBD||15.00||TBD||0.00|
|ElliotMoore||Over 2.5 points in the COVID-19-Number of Games Cancelled game||TBD||10.00||TBD||0.00|
|ElliotMoore||Louisiana State -19.5 points over Missouri||TBD||0.00||VOID||0.00|
|GaryStephen||Army -28.5 points over Citadel||TBD||25.00||TBD||0.00|
|GaryStephen||Navy +3.5 points over Temple||TBD||25.00||TBD||0.00|
|GaryStephen||Louisiana Tech -14.5 points over Texas-El Paso||TBD||25.00||TBD||0.00|
|GaryStephen||Coastal Carolina +7.5 points over Louisiana||Louisiana 0-0||0.00||VOID||0.00|
|McIntyre2K7||Florida -6.0 points over Texas A&M; Over 57.0 points in the Florida-Texas A&M game (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||170.00||TBD||0.00|
|McIntyre2K7||Over 57.0 points in the Florida-Texas A&M game; Over 42.5 points in the Pittsburgh-Boston College game; Over 53.0 points in the Kansas State-Texas Christian game (TBD,TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD; TBD||30.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||Auburn -16.0 points over Arkansas; South Carolina -11.5 points over Vanderbilt (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||65.13||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||South Carolina -11.5 points over Vanderbilt||TBD||33.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||Auburn -16.0 points over Arkansas||TBD||33.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||North Carolina State +9.5 points over Virginia||TBD||22.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||Louisiana-Monroe +21.0 points over Liberty; South Carolina -11.5 points over Vanderbilt; Auburn -16.0 points over Arkansas (TBD,TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD; TBD||20.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||North Carolina State +9.5 points over Virginia; Virginia Tech +5.0 points over North Carolina; Iowa State -13.0 points over Texas Tech (TBD,TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD; TBD||20.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||North Carolina State +255.0 money line to beat Virginia||TBD||18.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||Louisiana-Monroe +21.0 points over Liberty||TBD||11.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||Virginia Tech +5.0 points over North Carolina||TBD||11.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||Iowa State -13.0 points over Texas Tech||TBD||11.00||TBD||0.00|
|ULhothot||Louisiana-Monroe +800.0 money line to beat Liberty||TBD||9.00||TBD||0.00|
|undercoverbull||Houston -5.0 points over Tulane; Florida -6.0 points over Texas A&M; Louisiana State -19.5 points over Missouri (WIN,TBD,TBD)||Houston 49-31; TBD; TBD||100.00||TBD||0.00|
|undercoverbull||Texas +2.5 points over Oklahoma; South Florida -4.0 points over East Carolina (TBD,TBD)||TBD; TBD||100.00||TBD||0.00|
|undercoverbull||Florida Atlantic -3.5 points over Southern Mississippi; Florida International -5.5 points over Middle Tennessee State (VOID,TBD)||Southern Mississippi 0-0; TBD||50.00||TBD||0.00|
As always, you can get the complete, updated list of picks at http://protectyouru.net/pyu/weekly_picks.php. Use the comments section to talk about your picks, the contest, this week’s games, or whatever you like. Happy fake gambling!