LEO’S LOSERS : WEEK 9
By Leo Haggerty

Week 8 was another one where I’m treading water.  This is starting to become a pattern and that’s not a good thing.  $50 to the good, then $60 to the bad, then $80 – you get my drift, right.

Here’s the arithmetic.  Leo’s Lock was good (6-2 overall) for C-note.  Leo’s Losers crashed-and-burned to the tune of 1-4 (20-20 overall) and that was $375 in the red.  The only saving grace was Leo’s Others went 7-2-1 (48-31-1) that put $240 in the bank.  That totaled a negative $35 for the week and dropped my yearly total down to $830

Ok, it’s off to Week 9.  Let’s hope for a better showing and, as they say in The Hunger Games, “may the odds be in your favor.”

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LEO’S LOCK

IOWA STATE (+6 1/2) loses to Kansas State

K-State HC Bill Snyder has had his charges in every game and that includes a one-point loss at undefeated West Virginia.  On the other hand, the Cyclones are winless in Big 12.  Even though the game is in Ames, the crowd at Jack Trice Stadium won’t be enough to help Iowa State keep up with the Wildcat offense.  KSU, 39-24, to keep ISU winless in conference play.

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

OKLAHOMA STATE (+3 1/2) loses to West Virginia

OK, let’s get the obvious out of the way.  Both teams can score.  It’s the Big 12 for crying out load.  Their idea of good defense is keeping a team under 40.  With that being said, the undefeated Mountaineers have a better defense than the 5-2 Cowboys.  Plus, West Virginia has the best chance to run the table with both their high-stakes games remaining with Oklahoma and Baylor at Milan Puskar Stadium.  WV, 45-24, and the beat goes on in Morgantown.

TEXAS (+3) loses to Baylor

This game has all the trappings for a Texas upset.  Game in Austin.  Baylor is still getting used to new HC Jim Grobe.  On the horizon, the Bears host TCU and then take a trip up to Norman to face Oklahoma.  Here’s the problem.  I think the Longhorns have “cashed in their chips” and have stopped playing for HC Charlie Strong. Bears, 44-41 in a Lone Star shoot out.

Duke (+6 1/2) loses to GEORGIA TECH

Yes, I know that Duke did a phenomenal job slowing down the high-octane Louisville Cardinals led by QB Lamar Jackson.  The problem is the Blue Devils are not playing a quick-strike offense this week but a grind-it-out one in Georgia Tech.  The Ramblin’ Wreck likes to play hide-and-seek with the football, basically hide, and control the clock and possessions.  The Dukies have the defense to hang with the Yellowjackets but just not enough firepower on offense.  GT, 27-19, in a close one.

NFL

ATLANTA (-3) loses to Green Bay

Falcons heading south and Packers heading north.  Aaron Rodgers and Company took out “da Bears” at Lambeau last Thursday and are well-rested.  The Dirty Birds let one get away in Hotlanta against the Chargers.  Green Bay seems to start slow and throw it into overdrive at the mid-point of the season while Atlanta tends to fade at the same time.  Guess what?  It’s that time.  GB, 34-23, as Rodgers relaxes his critics and fans.

CHICAGO (+6) loses to Minnesota

I know, the Vikes were embarrassed in Philly last week by the Eagles.  The Birds defense made Minnesota QB Sam Bradford, for all intents and purposes, a tackling dummy.  #8 was hit almost 20 times and that is a recipe for losing in the National Football League.  With all this, I’m still picking the Purple People Eaters because the guys in the other color jersey are the Bears.  Chicago QB Jay Cutler is coming back from a five-week hiatus with a thumb sprain on his throwing hand.  Things are a bit testy in The Windy City locker room, especially with backup QB Brian Hoyer on the shelf with a broken left arm, and that doesn’t help either.  Minny, 24-13, as the Twin Cities Crew rights the ship.

LEO’S OTHERS

NCAA

Navy (+8) loses to SOUTH FLORIDA

Maryland (+5) loses to INDIANA

FLORIDA STATE (+5) loses to Clemson

Miami-FL (-2 1/2) loses to NOTRE DAME

Stanford (-5) loses to ARIZONA

Nebraska (+8 1/2) loses to WISCONSIN

Florida (-7 1/2) lose to Georgia

Central Florida (+9) loses to HOUSTON

NFL

TAMPA BAY (-1 1/2) loses to Oakland

Seattle (-2 1/2) loses to NEW ORLEANS