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Louisiana-Monroe, a 30-point underdog at home against Liberty, scored 28 points in the third quarter, and then won the game on a 53-yard field goal.
This is relevant to our story because the weekly point winners are:
There’s not an extra digit there. The once-again first-place bullsonparade96 won 4,011.50 units this week. This was this the big play:
|bullsonparade96||Louisiana-Monroe +8423.0 money line to beat Liberty||Louisiana-Monroe 31-28||50.00||WIN||4211.50|
Only twice in PYU’s modern era (since 2013), has a player ended a season with a grand total of 4,000 units (lrdnorman and bullmartin in 2016). With one bet, bullsonparade96 won that amount in a week. And he’s done this twice now. Late in 2020, a combination of large parlay wins resulted in a week where he won 4,098.53. His total for this week was actually 4,011.50, because he lost 200 on two other plays. So he didn’t quite break his own record. And guess whose fault that was?
|bullsonparade96||South Florida +290.0 money line to beat Tulsa||Tulsa 32-31||25.00||LOSS||-25.00|
If USF had beaten Tulsa outright, this would have been a win of 72.50 instead of a loss of 25, which would made his weekly total big enough to break his own record.
But it could have been worse. We could have lost to Tulsa like this:
The quarterback of Division III Wisconsin-Platteville took a knee, when he meant to spike the ball so his team could kick a last-second field goal. Oops.
It was a week for backdoor covers:
- ULhothot had a parlay wrecked by a meaningless 50-yard touchdown pass, with 31 seconds to go, in the Akron-Miami of Ohio game. He had under 54, and this made the final score 34-21.
- On the flip side, Kentucky went on a 22-play, 75-yard, 11-plus minute drive to score a meaningless last-second touchdown against Georgia. The game ended 30-13. Maybe they just wanted to prove they could do it: Georgia’s defense has given up 3, 7, 13, 0, 0, and 10 points in its first six games. This touchdown affected several plays, and turned a parlay loss into a win for Gym399:
|Gym399||Michigan State -4.0 points over Indiana; Baylor -5.0 points over Brigham Young; Kentucky +21.5 points over Georgia (WIN,WIN,WIN)||Michigan State 20-15; Baylor 38-24; Georgia 30-13||15.00||WIN||90.00|
- Several people had the Under 66 in the Marshall-North Texas game. Marshall led 42-7 into the fourth quarter, but three cheap late touchdowns made it 49-21. This broke another three-way parlay, this time for e-dogg42.
As you can see from the list of weekly winners above, a lot of players had big weeks. Here’s the list of all the 50-unit or more wins, other than those already mentioned:
|danj725||Alabama -17.0 points over Mississippi State; Over 57.0 points in the Alabama-Mississippi State game; Mississippi -2.5 points over Tennessee (WIN,WIN,WIN)||Alabama 49-9; Alabama 49-9; Mississippi 31-26||100.00||WIN||600.00|
|speruche||Over 55.5 points in the Tulsa-South Florida game; South Florida +8.5 points over Tulsa; Colorado -6.0 points over Arizona (WIN,WIN,WIN)||Tulsa 32-31; Tulsa 32-31; Colorado 34-0||45.00||WIN||270.00|
|ULhothot||California +14.0 points over Oregon; Over 62.0 points in the Miami (FL)-North Carolina game; Under 67.5 points in the Texas Tech-Kansas game (WIN,WIN,WIN)||Oregon 24-17; North Carolina 45-42; Texas Tech 41-14||40.00||WIN||240.00|
|ULhothot||Michigan State -3.5 points over Indiana; Minnesota +2.5 points over Nebraska; North Carolina State -2.5 points over Boston College (WIN,WIN,WIN)||Michigan State 20-15; Minnesota 30-23; North Carolina State 33-7||40.00||WIN||240.00|
|ElliotMoore||Akron +20.5 points over Miami (OH); Ball State -2.0 points over Eastern Michigan (WIN,WIN)||Miami (OH) 34-21; Ball State 38-31||130.00||WIN||338.00|
|McIntyre2K7||Alabama -17.0 points over Mississippi State; Over 57.0 points in the Alabama-Mississippi State game (WIN,WIN)||Alabama 49-9; Alabama 49-9||100.00||WIN||260.00|
|Julmisteforheisman||Alabama -17.0 points over Mississippi State; Virginia -10.5 points over Duke; Michigan State -3.5 points over Indiana (WIN,WIN,WIN)||Alabama 49-9; Virginia 48-0; Michigan State 20-15||25.00||WIN||150.00|
|ULhothot||Under 55.5 points in the California-Oregon game; Miami (FL) +7.0 points over North Carolina; Under 80.0 points in the Mississippi-Tennessee game (WIN,WIN,WIN)||Oregon 24-17; North Carolina 45-42; Mississippi 31-26||20.00||WIN||120.00|
|ULhothot||Over 54.0 points in the Appalachian State-Louisiana game; Marshall -10.5 points over North Texas; Pittsburgh -3.5 points over Virginia Tech (PUSH,WIN,WIN)||Louisiana 41-13; Marshall 49-21; Pittsburgh 28-7||40.00||WIN||104.00|
|E-dogg42||Under 54.0 points in the Fresno State-Wyoming game; Under 60.5 points in the Oklahoma State-Texas game (WIN,WIN)||Fresno State 17-0; Oklahoma State 32-24||30.00||WIN||78.00|
|GaryStephen||Texas-El Paso +235.0 money line to beat Louisiana Tech||Texas-El Paso 19-3||30.00||WIN||70.50|
|speruche||Purdue +450.0 money line to beat Iowa||Purdue 24-7||12.00||WIN||54.00|
Bullsonparade96 has been #1 in three weeks, and has 0 points the rest of the season. But that moved him back into the point lead, ahead of speruche who has had more consistent success.
|User||Total||Pending Futures||Grand Total Excluding Futures|
Unsurprisingly, bullsonparade96 jumps back into the lead. But it’s also the time of year when we have to start discussing the Sudden Death bet. defdans nearly made a big comeback this week:
But Army got the cheap late touchdown, not Wisconsin. So he is now below one unit, which means he is technically out of units. I put an extra .09 units in defdans’ account so he would have exactly 1 unit left, and can bet it on an AAC game as per Rule 11:
The week after you run out of money, you must successfully pick one AAC game against the spread. If you win the bet, you get a $500 loan to continue playing in future weeks. If you build this amount to over $1000, you will then “repay” the loan by having the $500 deducted from your new balance. If you push the bet or lose, you are out of the game. Only one sudden death bet per customer. If you lose the entire extra $500, you are out of the game.
Also, anyone else who is under 250 total units may bet it all on one game, if desired. Currently, this is only undercoverbull at 83.76.
Keep in mind that, even if you do run out of units and lose the Sudden Death bet, it is possible to get back into the game through futures bets, if you made any. And both these players have some good ones lined up:
|defdans||Illinois to win over 3.5 games||TBD||100.00||TBD||0.00|
|defdans||Georgia 650.0 to win national championship||TBD||75.00||TBD||0.00|
|defdans||Central Florida to win under 9.5 games||TBD||25.00||TBD||0.00|
|defdans||Oklahoma to win under 11.0 games||TBD||25.00||VOID||0.00|
|defdans||Texas A&M to win under 9.5 games||TBD||20.00||TBD||0.00|
|UndercoverBull||South Florida to win over 2.5 games||TBD||125.00||TBD||0.00|
|UndercoverBull||Southern Methodist to win over 6.5 games||TBD||125.00||TBD||0.00|
Moving on to Week 8: there are no games between nationally ranked teams, though Wisconsin-Purdue, Clemson-Pittsburgh, and LSU-Mississippi are close. The AAC is similarly devoid of major matchups: Cincinnati, now #2 in the country, is at Navy; Tulane is at #21 SMU; Memphis at Central Florida to see whose season goes even further down the tubes; East Carolina plays Houston; Temple goes to USF; and Tulsa is off.