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Protect Your Unit Week 1 Picks Thread: 2020, Amirite?

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We’re not better at getting this season started than the NCAA is.

Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff - Austin Peay v Central Arkansas
Look! Actual football!
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(DISCLAIMER: This game is for entertainment purposes only. No real money is being wagered.)

Howdy, folks! I got some explainin’ to do.

To make a story short, ProtectYourU.net significantly broke. The page code I’ve used for several seasons suddenly starting throwing a ton of errors, which requires me to basically rebuild a lot of things. Apparently my hosting company changed something and didn’t tell me. Nor did they hire any tech support people who can be bothered.

So this week, players have had to use the stone age method of emailing me their picks. I apologize for that, but I have time to focus on it this weekend, and should have things back to normal by Monday. Go to the Picks page, review your choices, and click the link there to submit.

By the way, the Gambletron 2000 does work. So you can submit a play using that if you want. The usual rules apply.

Week 1 will be an optional week. I’m going to be lenient about the weekly requirements this season, because half the games are missing and so much is still being moved around. It hasn’t been a problem in the past; everyone who was ever in the running for the season title has fastidiously adhered to this rule. Please don’t try to sit on a lead if you get one. But please do try to make 3 bets/1 AAC bet for 5-25% of your bankroll each each week.

In the meantime, here is an updated list of bets you can make this week. Send me an angerthespy@gmail.com with your choices of the following:

Bets made so far:

Danj725 Southern Mississippi -16.0 points over South Alabama South Alabama 32-21 50.00 LOSS -50.00
E-dogg42 Under 58.5 points in the South Alabama-Southern Mississippi game; Under 69.5 points in the Arkansas State-Memphis game; Southern Methodist -17.0 points over Texas State (WIN,TBD,TBD) South Alabama 32-21; TBD; TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Army -5.5 points over Middle Tennessee State; Navy -2.5 points over Brigham Young (TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD 20.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Under 71.5 points in the Southern Methodist-Texas State game; Under 58.5 points in the South Alabama-Southern Mississippi game (TBD,WIN) TBD; South Alabama 32-21 15.00 TBD 0.00
E-dogg42 Over 58.5 points in the South Alabama-Southern Mississippi game South Alabama 32-21 10.00 LOSS -10.00
ElliotMoore South Alabama +16.0 points over Southern Mississippi South Alabama 32-21 40.00 WIN 39.22
jrjs South Alabama +16.0 points over Southern Mississippi South Alabama 32-21 20.00 WIN 19.61
ulhothot Southern Mississippi -16.0 points over South Alabama South Alabama 32-21 110.00 LOSS -110.00
ulhothot Arkansas State +16.0 points over Memphis; Brigham Young +2.5 points over Navy (TBD,TBD) TBD; TBD 50.00 TBD 0.00

I’m entering picks manually, so please review the above and make sure I have you down right. If not, let me know.

And hey, college football, how about that! UAB beat Central Arkansas 45-35, and South Alabama beat Southern Miss 32-21. Bit of an upset, that one, since USM was favored by 16. As you can see, we already have some winners and losers on that one. We’ve got four remaining FCS games, and three FCS vs FBS games. Memphis, SMU, and Navy all play, so you’ve got plenty of AAC games to choose from. There’s even a Monday night game, so Week 1 results will not be announced until Tuesday morning.

As always, use this space to talk about this week’s games, or the contest! And as ever: