Not a bad Week 4 outcome but not a good one either. Bad news is that I finished $55 in the red but, with the weather issues especially in the Southeast, I can live with that. Good news is that I’m still up $355 for the first quarter and a perfect 4-0 on Leo’s Lock.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of South Carolina, where I lived for eight years, who are dealing with unimagined flooding. Sports are important but, in the total scheme of things, life always trumps games so hang in there Carolinians.
Some rather challenging games this week but, as usual, it’s full speed ahead and here’s my losers.
St. Louis (+8 1/2) loses to GREEN BAY
Eventually, the Packers are going to lose a game at Lambeau Firld, Unfortunately, for the Rams, it won’t be when #12 is under center for the Green & Gold. Rodgers and the Pack with a big win over St. Louis at the not so frozen tundra.
Miami-FL (+9) loses to FLORIDA STATE
Would lean the other way if the game was in Coral Gables and if Seminole running back Darvin Cook was still sidelined. Neither are the case so FSU has just a little bit too much firepower for the Hurricanes to handle.
TENNESSEE (+3) loses to Georgia
Yeah, I know it’s in Knoxville in front of 108,000 plus Volunteer fans sing Rocky Top as loud as they can. Yes, I know UGA was dismantles by Alabama last week between the hedges in Athens. With that being said, do you really expect Tennessee to beat Georgia? I don’t. Mark Richt get the Dogs back on track with a much-needed SEC East victory.
NEBRASKA (+1 1/2) loses to Wisconsin
These aren’t you’re Daddy’s Cornhuskers and they haven’t recovered from the devastating opening-day loss to BYU in Lincoln. UW always has one clunker a season and I believe it was last week against Iowa in Madison. Badgers escape with a very close win.
CINCINNATI (-3) loses to Seattle
After last week’s game-saving tackle by early- season holdout Cam Chancellor against the Lions, the Seahawks better renegotiate his contract at the end of the year. That play, which led to that win, could turn the season around for Seattle. I’m betting it does and they tame the Bengals in the Queen City keping them within striking distance of Arizona in the NFC West.
TENNESSEE (+2) loses to Buffalo
Bills found every way imaginable to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory last week and they were successful. Don’t look for that to happen this week in Nashville. Rex Ryan will have the defense primed and ready for rookie QB Marcus Mariotta and Company. Buffalo close over the Titans.
Central Florida (-2 1/2) loses to CONNECTICUT
Florida (-4 1/2) loses to MISSOURI
Syracuse (+2 1/2) loses to SOUTH FLORIDA
BOSTON COLLEGE (-7) loses to Wake Forest
MICHIGAN (-7 1/2) loses to Northwestern
Georgia Tech (+6 1/2) loses to CLEMSON
California (+7 1/2) loses to UTAH
TAMPA BAY (-3) loses to Jacksonville
San Francisco (+7) loses to NEW YORK GIANTS
Pittsburgh (+3) loses to SAN DIEGO
TCU (-6 1/2) at Kansas State
Lay the points. I’m a big K-State Coach Bill Snyder fan but the Horned Frogs on offense are a juggernaut. Don’t think the Wildcats can score 35 points to stay close going into the 4th quarter. Double-digit win for TCU.
Navy (+14 1/2) at Notre Dame
Take the points. I know the Irish will be smarting after their close loss in a game-long deluge to Clemson at Death Valley. Will be looking to take out their revenge on the Middies but Navy is no cupcake anymore. Midshipmen will keep it close and cover. Golden Domers by 8 in South Bend.
Washington (+7) at Atlanta
Lay the points. Redskins had trouble scoring on a very beat-up Eagles defense last week. Falcons defense will put tremendous pressure on Kirk Cousins. On the other side, Matt Ryan will turn Julio Jones and Roddy White loose against a depleted Skins secondary. Dirty Birds stay undefeated with at least a two-touchdown victory.
New Orleans at Philadelphia (49 1/2)
Good news. Eagles offense finally getting untrack and guys from the Big Easy having trouble syopping anyone. Bad news. Philly linebackers Alonzo and Kendricks both out and Drew Bress along with the rest of the pass-happy New Orleans offense coming to the Linc. Take the over. Birds and Saints may be there by halftime.