LEO’S LOSERS : WEEK 4

By Leo Haggerty

Another positive week with Leo’s Losers going 12-4.  Not a great performance but you would still be putting money in the bank if you followed my advice.  That puts the overall log of 35-13 for the first three weeks.  Not bad if  do say so.

Posted another win with Leo’s Lock for a Benjamin.  Still perfect this season (3-0) but that’s why it’s called Leo’s Lock, right?  It should be perfect.

A sub-par 2-3 performance with Leo’s Losers cost me $75.  Still in the win column (8-7) overall but need to “kick it up a notch” there.

Finally, went 9-1 with Leo’s Others to push the overall record up to 24-6.  Didn’t hurt that I picked two upsets with Louisville destroying Florida State, was that really an upset, and the Eagles knocking off the Bears in Chi-town.  That helped bank another $360.

So we’re going to add $405 to my previous total of $775.  That puts Leo’s Losers into the four-figure category with a three-week total of $1,180 in the black.

Have some big-time rivalries this week in college football plus some very interesting matchups on the pro level.  Should be another great week of footbal so, without delay, here are my losers for Week 4.

LEO’S LOCK

NFL

Minnesota (+7) loses to CAROLINA

Normally, I don’t like to pick the NFL for my Leo’s Lock but this game has too many events happening outside of the gridiron that effect the outcome.  Charlotte is under siege.  The Panthers are probably looking at this game as a way to help restore calm.  The Twin Cities are under water.  The Vikings probably don’t want to leave their families alone to deal with massive flooding.  To top that off, no RB Adrian Peterson for the Purple People Eaters.  Carolina 31-16 in a rout. 

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

Florida State (-5) loses to SOUTH FLORIDA

I’ve been preaching all year that USF is for real.  This week the Bulls prove it.  Seminoles defense looks like a MASH unit especially in the secondary and that doesn’t bode well going against the potent South Florida offense.  USF 41-31 in a track meet.

UCLA (+3) loses to Stanford

As long as RB Christian McCaffrey lines up for the Cardinal, I don’t see them losing.  I’ve been on the Stanford bandwagon, picking them to be one of the Final Four teams, and I’m not jumping off now.  The guys from Palo Alto are more physical than the Bruins and it will wear UCLA down in the second half at the Rose Bowl.  Stanford 40-28 with some late scores.

AUBURN (+3) loses to Lousiana State

Battle of the Tigers.  I hate to say this but I’m afraid the coach of the losing team may not survive the weekend.  Here’s my problem.  I’ve met both and they’re nice people and excellent coaches but it’s the nature of the business.  What have you done for me lately.  I don’t see how the Tigers stop the Tigers.  RB Fournette is a beast and will carry the day for the Bayou Tigers and War Eagles HC Gus Malzahn may be looking for employment Monday.  LSU 47-24 with a late TD.

NFL

Detroit (+7) loses to GREEN BAY

Time for “Relax Speech Part II” from Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.  Green Bay fans are, arguably, the most loyal in pro football.  The Pack is a religion and the believers had their faith shaken with a loss across the Mississippi to the dreaded Vikings.  Green Bay rights the ship at Lambeau against the Lions.  It’s not Thanksgiving Day, when the Lions play like the king of beasts, so look for a big win for the Green & Gold.  Packers 35-17 with a defesive score that breaks it open.

PHILADELPHIA (+3 1/2) loses to Pittsburgh

You have no idea how this pains me.  I’m a Philly guy.  Born and bred in the Delaware Valley.  You cut me and I bleed cheesesteak but you pick with your head not your heart.  Birds QB Carson Wentz has been remarkable but the Steel Curtain is coming into the Linc.  Eagles defense will make it tough on Big Ben and Company but the Steelers defense, one of the most difficult for any QB to read, will force some big turnovers.  Pittsburgh 26-19 in a close one.

LEO’S OTHER

NCAA

Wake Forest (+7 1/2) loses to INDIANA

Florida (+6 1/2) loses to TENNESSEE

Georgia (+7) loses to MISSISSIPPI

Texas A&M (-6 1/2) loses to Arkansas

NORTH CAROLINA (-7) loses to Pittsburgh

ARIZONA STATE (-4) loses to California

NFL

Baltimore (-1) loses to JACKSONVILLE

Cleveland (+10) loses to MIAMI

Los Angeles (+6) loses to TAMPA BAY

INDIANAPOLIS (-2 1/2) loses to San Diego