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Rough Week Drops Gagnon Out of Top 10 in Ultimate Football Challenge

Harry Gagnon has been the top performer for Team Odds Shark throughout this football contest season, although some weeks have been much more difficult than others. Week 9 was one of those rough spots for Gagnon’s ‘Cuseboy entry in the Golden Nugget’s Ultimate Football Challenge, as he went 1-5-1 on his combination of seven college and pro football picks to drop from a tie for third overall to a tie for 13th out of 282 contestants.

One week after going 6-1 for the fourth time this year, Gagnon turned in his worst performance of the season with losses on the Kansas Jayhawks (+6), Air Force Falcons (-14.5), Auburn Tigers (-19), Jacksonville Jaguars (+1) and New York Giants (+7). Fortunately for him, he is still just a half-point from cracking the top 10 with 39 points and remains very much in contention for prize money awarded to the top 20 after 17 weeks.

That said, Gagnon was not the worst entrant for Team Odds Shark in the Ultimate Football Challenge last week. Brian Szokoli holds that dubious distinction with a winless record of 0-7 while brother Darren had the team’s top mark of 4-3 and “Cousin Sal” Iacono went 3-4 to stay within the top 100. Sal is tied for 82nd overall with 34.5 points.

The William Hill College Pick’em has only one week remaining, and Team Odds Shark’s Clay Travis can finish at .500 or better by going at least 5-2. Travis currently sits at 30-33 after going 4-3 in Week 9. The college-only contest pays out the top 10 following 10 weeks of games, and six entrants are tied for the lead at 40-23 (nearly 64 percent). But none of them will be able to claim the $25,000 bonus for picking 49 winners or more.

Odds Shark’s own Joe Osborne is the team’s lone entrant with a winning record overall in the Circa Sports Million or Westgate SuperContest, the two largest pro football handicapping contests in Las Vegas. Osborne went 3-2 to improve to 23-21-1 while Joe Fortenbaugh inched closer to the .500 mark at 22-23 by going 4-1 in Week 9. Jon Anik and Paulo Antunes also each went 3-2 in the SuperContest to move to 21-24.