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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.