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SEPT 2, 2015: We had to delay the start of the 2015 season due to the move from SBNation to 247sports, and also for some technical reasons. But the betting window is OPEN! You may log in with last year's username/password, and place bets on Week 1 action. I see three people have already entered bets, without even being told the game was open. You're all degenerates, and I love you.

There will be no major rule changes from last year. The only thing that might change is using a different website to collect odds from, as Oddsshark has made this more difficult to do automatically. There are many websites that publish a collection of lines from various sports books around the Internet and meatspace; I will continue to shop lines for you, and continue to offer the best available real-world -110 lines out there.

Due to the late start, Week 1 will not count against you as a bye week if you don't play.

If you're locked out, can't remember your username, or want to join the contest for the first time, send me an email and I'll get you squared away.

I will soon have a post at our new home,, going into more detail about the upcoming season.

Your loyal game administrator,
Gary Stephen

What is Protect Your Unit?

Protect Your Unit is the college football pick'em contest operated by, the new home of the former Voodoo Five.

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??

Can I play?

Was Skip Holtz an epic disaster? Of course you can! The contest is open to all VoodooFive 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?

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.

Are there prizes?

Of course there are prizes! And they are just great, like... um, well, we're working on that. We've been so busy getting this website up and running (and chasing down exotic beers and bourbons for our tailgates this year) that we haven't had a chance to nail them down yet. Trust us, we're absolutely going to make this worth your while. Sponsors and stuff, we mean it. But give us a few weeks on this one.

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