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Black Shoe Degenerates: Big Ten Bowl-a-Palooza

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First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who played along with fake money all season, it was a fun ride. Secondly, I’d like to congratulate MrNoPants, who finished first in the standings by a wide margin. Several people lost nearly everything during championship week, while MrNoPants actually gained by picking on the favorites.*

That said, it’s bowl season, and if you recall from my rant last year, I don’t pick bowl games straight. They’re too unpredictable, save for the few lopsided matchups (looking at you FAU/Akron). What I do, however, is thins thing where I bet on every Big Ten team in their bowl game, all or nothing. And we’re going to do that this year, together!

The rules are simple. Eight Big Ten teams are playing in a bowl game. You get a brand spanking new FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS to spend however you like, with only one caveat:

  • You can only make eight-team parlays that include every single Big Ten game.

That’s it. Spend your newly minted FIVE HUNDRED FAKE DOLLARS which ever way you want. You want five different combinations at 100 dollars a pop? Go for it. Confident you have the exact eight-team winning combination? Sure, why not. Don’t want to do five, but don’t want to do one? Why not two or three? Speaking of, I’ll start wth mine:

First Combination, all teams will cover:

  1. Iowa -2.5
  2. Purdue +3
  3. Michigan State -1.5
  4. Northwestern -7.5
  5. Ohio State -7.5
  6. Penn State -2
  7. Wisconsin -6
  8. Michigan -8

At 250, that would yield 25,000

Second combination, all teams will win:

  1. Iowa -135
  2. Purdue +140
  3. Michigan State -130
  4. Northwestern -300
  5. Ohio State -290
  6. Penn State -130
  7. Wisconsin -250
  8. Michigan -300

At 250, that would yield 10,692

Spread, moneyline, and totals are in play. As long as you pick something from each game, you’re good to go. Let the games begin!


*I’m far far away from home with little access to internet, so no full standings today.