The top two contestants for Team Odds Shark in the Golden Nugget’s Ultimate Football Challenge had very different results in Week 6, with one of them rising up into the top 10 overall while the other dropped significantly in the standings.
Harry Gagnon’s ‘Cuseboy entry went an impressive 6-1 on a combination of five college football (4-1) and two NFL picks (2-0), and his lone loss came on the Michigan State Spartans as 10.5-point road underdogs in a 38-0 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday.
Otherwise, Gagnon correctly picked the Texas Longhorns (+11.5), Iowa State Cyclones (-10.5), Utah Utes (-14) and Washington Huskies (-6.5) in college football. In the NFL, he had a pair of winnings in the Houston Texans (+5) and Detroit Lions (+4.5). After that performance, Gagnon is now tied for eighth in the field of 282 contestants at 28-13-1.
“Cousin Sal” Iacono was on the other end of the spectrum for the team in the Ultimate Football Challenge with a disappointing 2-5 mark to tie for 88th. Sal sat just one game behind Gagnon heading into Week 6 with a 21-13-1 record but went 1-2 on his college football picks with the Miami Hurricanes (-2.5), Oklahoma Sooners (-11.5) and Iowa Hawkeyes (+3.5). Then in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns (+1.5), Atlanta Falcons (-2.5) and Los Angeles Chargers (-7) let him down. Fortunately, the Cincinnati Bengals (+11.5) came through with a late touchdown to cover the spread for his second victory to salvage his week to some degree.
It was also a great week for a couple of Odds Shark’s very own entrants in the NFL-only Circa Sports Million. Kris Abbott went a perfect 5-0 with the New England Patriots (-17), Carolina Panthers (-2), Seattle Seahawks (-1.5), New Orleans Saints (+1.5) and Arizona Cardinals (+2.5). In addition, Joe Osborne was 4-1 with winners on the Bengals, Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings (-3) and San Francisco 49ers (+3.5).
In the Super Contest, Jon Anik improved to 17-13 overall after going 3-2 for the third time in six weeks. Anik leads four team entrants in the world’s largest pro football handicapping contest, with Paulo Antunes also going 3-2 to move to 15-15. Clay Travis went 3-4 in the William Hill College Pick’em contest as well to fall to 20-22 overall.
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