(DISCLAIMER: These picks are for entertainment purposes only. No actual wagers are being performed.)
I asked Collin why he didn't make any fake bets for the first week of the season. He said, "I didn't read nearly enough season previews to accurately prognosticate." That didn't really help most of us, though. Vegas probably read the same things we did and then set some hilariously bad lines that a few people took to the bank.
Like me. The skill early on isn't knowing who's good and who's bad. It's spotting where Vegas screwed up and exploiting it. Seriously, Miami only getting two points at BC? They played horrible defense and still covered easily.
Here are the current standings. I finally got smart and made a Google Docs spreadsheet so you all can follow along with all the individual fake bets:
- Jamie DeVriend, Voodoo Five: $1,162.58
- WVUIE97, The Smoking Musket: $1,040.90
- All idle competitors: $1,000.00
- Kevin Meacham, The UConn Blog: $990.45
- Mike Nascarella, The Bull Rush: $975.18
- Andrew Porter, The UConn Blog: $975.00
- the great gunsby, loyal reader: $897.73
- John Lamb, Owlsblog: $895.45
- ULismyhothotsex, Card Chronicle: $876.00
Each week, I also pick the best bet, the worst bet, and the most degenerate bet. Here are my choices for Week 1:
BEST BET: ULismyhothot rolled with Texas State getting 36.5 points from Houston. And they didn't just cover, they won by 17 points. Too bad there wasn't a money line, or hothot could have ended this contest early if he'd had the guts to pull the trigger on it.
WORST BET: I don't often give this to a bet that actually won, but come on Mike. $10 on the Louisville money line at -$500? If you lose, you lose $10. And if you win, like you did, you win... two dollars! Watch out guys, we're dealing with a badass over here.
MOST DEGENERATE BET: And I don't often give one bet two separate awards, but no one really went off the deep end this week so I'm giving this to hothot again for that Texas State bet. Sure, he has a connection to the Bobcats, but people don't usually line up to lay some wood on a team playing their first game as an FBS member.