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Coming Soon: PYU 2!

I am rebuilding the game into something much bigger, better, and more ambitious. The features of the new game will include:

PYU Version 3.0: coming in 2023

As hinted at in the Week 12 post, I am planning some radical changes to the PYU format for the 2023 season. This includes:

All Futures Bets Posted

Click "Futures" to see all futures bets that were made for the 2022 season. Bets on USF to win more/fewer than 4.5 games have been voided and the bet returned. because the location of the East Carolina game moved.

New USF First Half Bet

Now you can bet on how well or poorly USF starts the game! The bets page has both a regular and a "halftime" option for USF-Tulane. The halftime option is for the point spread at halftime. You can take Tulane -20.5 (Tulane leads by 3 TDs at halftime), or USF +0.5 (USF is tied or leading at halftime). Only point spread is offered. It counts as an AAC bet if played, and pays the usual -110. It's an all new way to love and/or hate your 2022 USF team!

More Stuff Is Fixed!

Still to do:

Gambletron 3000 Is Improved!

Now, some games on the Make Picks page will have a gold color. These are Gambletron games, which means you get -102 instead of the usual -110. A win pays $98.04, instead of the usual $90.01. This is an incentive from the house to drive more action on other games. Previously, only one line in one game was offered.

These are randomly chosen games, except that they will never involve USF, UCF, Florida, or Florida State (because those are the most played teams by far). They may involve other Florida teams and/or AAC teams. You may bet either team's pointspread, the over or under. The moneyline wager has no additional premium. Parlaying has no effect on the parlay payout.

New Bets Page Functionality

The bets page has some new features: you can view or hide games by type. The types are:

Games may belong to two or three categories; if so, the color will be a gradient reflecting both colors. (The USF game is always just green, though.)

If you're not sure what category a game belongs to, or you don't want to go by color, you can click the Hide All button and then click the categories you want to use. Only games of that type will be visible.

New CSV File For 2013-2021 Data Available

Download here

2022 Season About To Start

We are prepping for the 2022 season! The only major rule change will be that FAU, UAB. UTSA, Rice, Charlotte, and North Texas will count as AAC teams for purposes of fulfilling the "1 AAC bet" rule. Houston, Cincinnati, and UCF will NOT count as AAC teams. Either team in a game can be AAC for the game to qualify as AAC, so this will affect few games. The money and points races will both be back. We'll have Futures bets to make soon.

2021 Season About To Start

The major change for 2021 will be the new points system, which will award a co-championship based on who accumulates the most points each week of the competition. The most fake money won in a week will earn 15 points, then 10, then 7-5-4-3-2-1. You must profit $1 or more in a week to be eligible for points. So some weeks will not see all of these points awarded. For example, if only three players are in the black in a week, the points awarded will be 20-15-10 and then stop. If more than 9 players earn points in a week, all remaining players who qualified will earn 1 point. Whoever has most points at season's end will be co-champion along with the traditional money leader.

Futures bets will be back for 2021. You can preview the list of available bets here. You may bet up to $250 on futures. There is no minimum bet, or any requirement to bet on AAC teams. Futures bets are entirely optional.

2021 Season To Get Underway Soon

And we're back. I am planning to have the site open for business on Saturday, August 1. There will be some season-long prop bets offered. I earnestly hope that last year's "number of games cancelled" bet will not be back. Ever.

Prop Bet: Cancelled Games

Starting with Week 5, there will be a new prop bet:

how many games will be cancelled this week? It appears as "COVID 19 vs college football" and is an over/under for the number of games that will be cancelled. Details:

Picks For Week 1 Games

I still haven't fixed the Review Picks page - I basically have to rebuild the whole thing from scratch, while my server support can't even tell me what changed - so you'll have to email them for now. Here are the lines for Week 1 games:

S Alabama +16 S Miss -16 O/U 58.5

Ark St +16 Memphis -16 O/U 69.5

SMU -17 Texas St +17 O/U 71.5

MTSU 5.5 Army -5.5 O/U 54.5

BYU +2.5 Navy -2.5 O/U 53.5

Send your picks to me via email. I'm sorry for this very retrograde method, but it's all I can do at the moment. 2020, am I right?

Oops! Broken Website.

We are currently working on fixes that are currently preventing bets from being placed.

2020 Season To Start Soon. Maybe.

We are making preparations for the 2020 college football season! Due to all the uncertainty, we have to be a little more flexible than usual. Official Rules have be en updated; the major changes are no Futures bets this year, and "weeks" are not set in stone.

If you need to recover your username/password from last year, or want to join for this year, please send an email to the Contact link above.

PYU Still Has A Twitter Account

What Is Protect Your Unit?

Protect Your Unit is the college football pick'em contest operated by Voodoo Five SouthFlorida.247sports.com The Daily Stampede. 2019 will be our seventh season on this website, and our 10th season overall.

This contest combines our love of two of life's greatest gifts: college football and degenerate gambling. It also proves that beating the spread, no matter how much college football you watch, is often tougher than it looks. The greatness of this contest is, besides proving how wealthy you would really be if you just bet all your net worth on college football like you want to, when you're wrong there are no pawn shops or payday loans involved. We're doing this for fun, and to see who's the best college football gambler of them all. That guy should move to Vegas and just shop lines all day... because why not??

Why is it called "Protect Your Unit?"

The contest takes its name from the sage advice often given by legendary broadcaster Chris Thomas of sports radio WDAE in Tampa. CT was our role model for balancing a fulfilling professional career with openly being a true degenerate (and usually a profitable one).

We miss him for so many reasons (our favorite being how he would annually broadcast the Outback Bowl with Jack Harris and a raging hangover), but one of the biggest was every Friday during football season he ran a picks contest with his listeners on air. People would call in and give and the reasons why they were picking the games they chose. We want you to do the same: participate in the weekly thread saying why you chose the picks you did. This is where the comedy ensues. RIP Chris.

Can I play?

The contest is open to all Daily Stampede readers as well as our friends throughout the college football blogosphere. Email GarySJ with your SBNation member name, desired password, team you support, and your blog/Twitter (if any). We'll get you squared away faster than your bookie finds you after going 0-6 and not covering your double-down on Monday Night Football, or the WNBA parlay that was just ohsoclose and oh God 1-888-Admit-it and do you know how to get a cash advance on an Old Navy gift card?

How do I Play?

You will begin the college football season with $1,000 of fake money. Each week, you will have to make at least three different bets, one of them involving an American Athletic Conference team. You must bet between $50 and $250, or 5% and 25% of your total, each week. You get one bye week per season. The Make Picks page will show all of the upcoming week's games, and the wagers you can make on them.