By Leo Haggerty

Great opening week for NCAA football and a great opening week for Leo’s Losers.  Came out of the gate smokin’ with a 12-4 log.  Won Leo’s Lock (1-0 overall) for $100 and went a decent 3-2 (3-2 overall) with Leo’s Losers for $125 to the good plus a robust 8-2 (8-2 overall) with Leo’s Others for $260 in winnings.  So that puts me, or you if you took my advice, after I do the math at $480 in the black after Week 1.  Not a bad bankroll to have going into Week 2.  Also, and I may have forgot to mention this last week, the home team is in CAPITAL letters.  Finally, if I don’t pick a Florida team it’s because there is no line (see Week 1 Good Sisters of the Poor reference).

The plot thickens this week with the National Football League opening its season.  More games to choose from so let’s get to it, shall we.



Connecticut (+4) loses to NAVY

The only exciting part of this contest will be trying to guess which Midshipman the Naval Academy will pull out of the stands to dress during the game.  In the opener against Fordham, the third-or-fourth string QB was quickly summoned to the locker room due to injuries to the QBs ahead f him on the depth chart.  He hurriedly changed out of his dress whites into football gear and he played. Puts a new meaning to the 12th man in Annapolis. Sorry to digress but the bottom line is Navy big over the Huskies 38-13.



Cincinnati (-6 1/2) loses to PURDUE

It’s not that I think the Bearcats are bad. I just believe the Boilermakers are a little bit deeper in a game where temperatures are expected to get a few degrees north of 90. Add to that the home crowd in West Lafayette and I have Purdue in a nail-biter 28-27.

Vanderbilt (-5 1/2) loses to MIDDLE TENNESSEE

You already know my opinion of the SEC Least, I mean East. South Carolina and Vandy sent the game of football back 20 years last week in Nashville so don’t expect the Commodores to be any better on the road in Murfreesboro.  Blue Raiders convincingly 27-10.


JACKSONVILLE (+5 1/2) loses to Green Bay

Let’s see. Packers have arguably, and you won’t get that argument from me because I think he is, the best QB in Aaron Rodgers and one of the best wide outs healthy again in Jordy Nelson. That will be too much for a very improved Jags squad to overcome. Pack pulls away late 30-21.

San Diego (-7) loses to KANSAS CITY

You may not like Andy Reid for a plethora of reasons and one of them may be that he can’t win the big one. I’m not on that bandwagon. Give me a guy, like HC Marv Levy with the Bills, who get to the big games. Eventually, like the blind squirrel who finds an acorn, he’s going to get one. If the Chiefs have a minimal number of injuries to key players, KC has a shot to go deep in the playoffs and it’s starts Sunday at Arrowhead against the Chargers. Chiefs over Bolts 20-16.

WASHINGTON (-3) loses to Pittsburgh

Are you as surprised as me that the Steelers are only a 3-point favorite?  Vegas must know something I don’t. What I do know is that Big Ben is going to have a field day throwing and WR Antonio Brown may have a career evening receiving going against the Redskins defense in DC. Pittsburgh in a runaway 42-24.



Central Florida (+35) loses to MICHIGAN

PITTSBURGH (-6) loses to Penn State

North Carolina State (-4) loses to EAST CAROLINA

Northern Illinois (+15) loses to SOUTH FLORIDA

Kentucky (+17) loses to FLORIDA

Florida Atlantic (+24) loses to MIAMI-FL

SAN DIEGO STATE (-7) loses to California


Tampa Bay (+3) loses to ATLANTA

Miami (+10) loses to SEATTLE

Los Angeles (-2 1/2) loses to SAN FRANCISCO