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PYU Week 4 Results: The Marshall Plan

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NCAA Football: Marshall at Appalachian State
Nobody got this close to him.
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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

That Fawlty Towers comparison was a little more on the nose than I intended.

Due to a database issue with my website host, the database functions that do most of the work of letting you enter bets and view results all stopped working. It wasn’t sorted out until Sunday morning. Which means you weren’t able to make bets during Saturday until kickoff time, which I endeavor to permit. Sorry about that. I did receive one late bet via email, which has since been entered. (It lost.)

That aside, this week’s story was underdog money line wins. There were several hits:

E-dogg42 Southern Methodist +325.0 money line to beat Texas Christian Southern Methodist 42-34 50.00 WIN 162.50
mcgies852 North Carolina State +335.0 money line to beat Clemson North Carolina State 27-21 25.00 WIN 83.75
speruche Southern Methodist +310.0 money line to beat Texas Christian Southern Methodist 42-34 15.00 WIN 46.50
GaryStephen Southern Methodist +310.0 money line to beat Texas Christian Southern Methodist 42-34 5.00 WIN 15.50

Some near-misses:

GaryStephen Arkansas State +460.0 money line to beat Tulsa Tulsa 41-34 5.00 LOSS -5.00
GaryStephen Nevada-Las Vegas +3285.0 money line to beat Fresno State Fresno State 38-30 1.01 LOSS -1.01
HerdCountry941 Marshall +250.0 money line to beat Appalachian State Appalachian State 31-30 20.00 LOSS -20.00
McIntyre2K7 Connecticut +2500.0 money line to beat Wyoming Wyoming 24-22 15.00 LOSS -15.00

And a lot of homer plays that had a real shot at coming in:

bullsonparade96 South Florida +1360.0 money line to beat Brigham Young Brigham Young 35-27 50.00 LOSS -50.00
LrdNorman South Florida +1270.0 money line to beat Brigham Young Brigham Young 35-27 30.00 LOSS -30.00
undercoverbull South Florida +1350.0 money line to beat Brigham Young Brigham Young 35-27 27.23 LOSS -27.23
Julmisteforheisman South Florida +1240.0 money line to beat Brigham Young Brigham Young 35-27 25.00 LOSS -25.00
mcgies852 South Florida +1360.0 money line to beat Brigham Young Brigham Young 35-27 25.00 LOSS -25.00
McIntyre2K7 South Florida +1300.0 money line to beat Brigham Young Brigham Young 35-27 20.00 LOSS -20.00
E-dogg42 South Florida +1240.0 money line to beat Brigham Young Brigham Young 35-27 20.00 LOSS -20.00

Yeah, you guys didn’t buy a lottery ticket on USF, either. You went for it. A little better defense or a little faster start, and that game might have won you a lot of units.

The bad luck continues for BullsOnParade96, who has now lost back everything he won in Weeks 1 and 2, and is at 1018.12 for the season (not including 250 pending bets on futures).

Here’s a novel way to lose a sports bet. Or win one:

Marshall was trailing by 1 point late in the game, and was trying to let Appalachian State score a touchdown, so they could get the ball back with a chance to tie. But running back Nate Noel wasn’t taking the bait, and fell down in play. This allowed Appalachian State to run off the rest of the clock and win 31-30. This flipped the results of two parlays:

HerdCountry941 Over 59.0 points in the Marshall-Appalachian State game; Marshall +7.0 points over Appalachian State(WIN,WIN) Appalachian State 31-30; Appalachian State 31-30 30.00 WIN 78.00
E-dogg42 Over 59.0 points in the Marshall-Appalachian State game; Appalachian State -7.0 points over Marshall (WIN,LOSS) Appalachian State 31-30; Appalachian State 31-30 15.00 LOSS -15.00

Even more maddening was the Michigan State-Nebraska game. Sparty rallied from a late 20-13 deficit to win 23-20 in overtime. But they had two real opportunities to score a touchdown instead, which would have covered the point spread. And for anyone who took Nebraska outright, the Huskers managed to blow a lead without allowing a single first down in the second half.

So Michigan State wanted to score a touchdown but didn’t, and Marshall tried to let Appalachian State score but failed. Fortunately, nobody parlayed Appy State and MSU to cover. That would have cracked most people.

Standings in the money race:

speruche 1949.61 (0)
mcgies852 1592.82 (150)
E-dogg42 1575.28 (185)
Lrdnorman 1268.41 (0)
Gibbsak 1117.73 (0)
GaryStephen 1114.66 (0)
mmmmsnouts 1114.55 (150)
bullsonparade96 1018.12 (250)
anthonyvito 1015.91 (100)
ElliotMoore 999.47 (150)
Danj725 974.16 (0)
Andrewpina 958.18 (250)
jjlovecub 928.00 (0)
Gym399 843.63 (0)
jrjs 841.45 (0)
HerdCountry941 816.03 (0)
ULhothot 746.18 (250)
Julmisteforheisman 739.51 (0)
McIntyre2K7 708.32 (110)
undercoverbull 653.76 (250)
camweed12 624.55 (0)
briank19 622.02 (0)
dsidwell31 538.64 (0)
Defdans 306.73 (220)

speruche moves into first place! Again, his lead isn’t as big as it looks, because trailing players have money invested in season-long futures bets (indicated in parentheses) while he does not.

Standings in the points race:

PLAYERS TOTAL WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4
speruche 32 7 15 10
bullsonparade96 30 15 15
e-dogg42 24 3 3 3 15
mcgies852 14 4 10
LrdNorman 11 5 1 5
McIntyre2K7 10 10
undercoverbull 10 10
anthonyvito 8 1 7
ElliotMoore 8 5 1 2
Gibbsak 8 1 5 2
Ulhothot 8 1 7
mmmmsnouts 7 7
danj725 5 2 3
GaryStephen 5 1 4
HerdCountry941 5 1 4
Andrewpina 4 4
camweed12 2 2
jrjs 2 1 1
briank19 1 1
jjlovecub 1 1

speruche moves past BullsOnParade96 in the points race as well! He has three top-three finishes, while BOP has two first-places but nothing else. E-Dogg42 is the only player to score in all four weeks so far, and that will keep him in the race. LrdNorman, ElliotMoore, GibbsAK, and speruche are the only players to score 3 out of 4 weeks. Briank19 gets on the board for the first time.

In Week 5, Cincinnati at Notre Dame may be the biggest national game. There is also Mississippi-Alabama, Arkansas-Georgia, and Michigan-Wisconsin. AAC conference play starts in earnest with Houston-Tulsa on Friday; Memphis-Temple; Tulane-East Carolina; Central Florida-Navy; and of course USF goes to SMU. Lines should be up by the time you read this. Happy fake gambling!