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Underdogs No More: the 2019 Frogs O’ War Pick ‘Em Challenge – Week 7

With a huge slate this week, will any of the top contenders fall?

Virginia Tech v Miami
Justin Fuente and the Hokies celebrated their win over Miami as a two-TD underdog.
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Week 6 Recap

The headline upset from Week 6 was that the Pac-12 After Dark Monster took Washington victim for the 2nd time this season, as the Huskies fell on the Farm as 16.5-point favorites to Stanford. The other major winner was Virginia Tech bouncing back from an embarrassing home loss to Duke to escape with a win in Miami despite a wild comeback attempt from the Hurricanes. In the Big 12, Texas Tech took advantage of turnover-happy Spencer Sanders to stun OK State. Other impact upsets include: UCF’s reign atop the Group of 5 appears to be over after its loss in Cincy; Florida took down Auburn in the Swamp; Arizona stands alone as the leader of the Pac 12 South division after knocking off Colorado. Ultimately our winner this week, Lara, got four selections correct and has vaulted up the overall leaderboard from 32nd place up to 14th.

Week 6 leaders

We have three entrants (ahem, myself included) hitting 50% for the season, which frankly is remarkable and I know I can’t keep this up, so I wanted to celebrate that while I could. I’m also in a dogfight with Mike Honcho’s All Stars for the top overall spot, but there is still plenty of season left to climb the leaderboard and earn weekly prizes, so join now.

Overall top 10 after six weeks

Week 7 Picks

I have a feeling this is the first week I get shut out…just don’t have a great feel for anything on the board. This would be the moment where if this was actually gambling I would walk away, or at least take a week off. I’d never suggest you follow my advice, in basically anything, but that’s especially true with this week’s picks, proceed at your own risk.

1. North Texas (+3) vs. Southern Miss – Last we saw UNT they were getting stomped as big favorites by Houston, while USM has only lost to SEC West teams, yet the Mean Green are only 3-point underdogs on the road. I still believe in Mason Fine and Seth Littrell, so think they can end up on the right side of this coin flip.

2. Syracuse (+5) vs. NC State – Does Carter-Finley provide such a strong home field advantage that the Wolfpack can start a new QB coming off losses at down-year teams FSU and WVU and be favorites over the pre-season darling Orange that lost to Maryland by only 43 points. OK, so maybe this pick doesn’t make much sense – I don’t know, it just caught my eye.

3. Louisville (+6.5) vs. Wake Forest – The Demon Deacons are undefeated and ranked in the top 20; last week the Cardinals needed a last-minute FG to escape at home against Boston College. Wake Forest is coming off a Bye; Louisville has to face Clemson next week. I rather enjoy Winston-Salem as a town and have greatly enjoyed Wake’s run through the season thus far – especially the Daily Fantasy gold mine that is the Jamie Newman-Sage Surratt connection. With all these factors, being favored by less than a TD is begging for bettors to back Wake…so give me the other side and the points.

4. Iowa (+4.5) vs. Penn State – Seems there has been a whole lot of talk about how no one is talking about the Nittany Lions. You can’t be the “Nobody Believes In Us” team if everyone believes in you and you’re ranked in the top 10 and a favorite on the road. Perhaps PSU is looking ahead to Michigan next week and potentially hosting Game Day, forgetting to take care of business in Kinnick this week.

5. South Florida (+6.5) vs. BYU – The Bulls have maybe three winnable games left on their schedule and will need to win all of those plus create an upset much greater than this to earn a bowl opportunity. I think Chuck Strong still has some tricks he can pull out of his (golden cowboy) hat, to keep himself above water for a bit longer, but it has to start with a home win over BYU.


Your Picks

This week features some of the season’s most anticipated games. Will Playoff favorites continue to climb or will new contenders emerge to level the playing field? Fill out your selections in the form below or click HERE if your browser doesn’t show the form on this page. Remember to get your picks in before the start of games you select – Week 7 Schedule. Good luck!