LEO’S LOSERS – WEEK 11
By Leo Haggerty

As Gene Autry sand, and I know I’m dating myself again with The Singing Cowboy reference, “I’m back in the saddle again” after a very good week.  Not stupendous but, after the last three, a much-needed three-figures weekend.

Leo’s Lock (8-2 overall) came through again for $200 yen.  Leo’s Losers went a respectable 3-2 (24-26 overall) for $75 pesos.  Finally, Leo’s Others had an average 5-5 week (61-38-1 overall) but still netted $20.  That adds $295 to the kitty increasing the winnings to a nice four-digit total of $1,150.

Starting to get close to the end of the NCAA season so the Bowl Preview will be coming out shortly.  That means that all of games for Leo’s Losers after the first week or two in December will be from the NFL.  That, as Artie Johnson said on Laugh In, “very interesting” but not what I’m looking forward to then.

Until then, onward and upward with my picks for Week 11.  Good luck.

LEO’S LOCK

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NEVADA-LAS VEGAS (+7 1/2) loses to Wyoming

Don’t look now, boys and girls, but Wyoming is in the process of putting together a really good season.  Yeah, I know they lost big at Nebraska and by a field goal at Eastern Michigan but, since that lost in Ypsilanti (yup, that’s really a city in Michigan right next to Ann Arbor), the Cowboys have strung together five wins in a row and that puts them at 7-2.  That includes victories over Air Force and Boise State so they weren’t playing cupcakes.  Plus, UW HC Craig Bohl know how to put a winning program together after three straight FCS Championships at North Dakota State before coming to Laramie for the 2014 season. UNLV is 3-6 and have seen some big numbers put up on the wrong side of the scoreboard. It’s in the desert but that won’t be enough to get the Rebels a win.  Wyo, 49-20, and it won’t even be close. 

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

Southern California (+9) loses to WASHINGTON

The Huskies are for real.  Don’t believe all the hype about the PAC 12 being a weak conference that can’t stop dead people.  Washington has all the parts.  Quarterback playing a a high level, a stable of quality running backs, a speedy group of receivers that can blow the top off a defense, a mauling offensive line plus a defense that can run and arrives in ill-humor.  To put the icing on the cake, the Seattle crew has a coch in Chris Petersen that allows no excuses and accepts nothing short of victory.  Yeah, USC will put a fight for awhile but QB Jake Browning has too many weapons at his disposal.  Trojans only hope is to slow down “The Northwest Express” because they can’t go point-for-point with UW and I don’t see that happening.  UDub, 55-28, in a rout. 

TEXAS (-2) loses to West Virginia

Both teams can score.  Only one can defend and that doesn’t bode well for the Longhorns.  Honestly, Texas needs to win out and win a bowl game for Charlie Strong to keep his job.  I don’t think either one happens and West Virginia starts the ball rolling for a new head man in Austin.  Expect a close game because UT players want to keep Strong but WV has just a little more on defense than the Lone Star guys.  Mountainers, 30-28, in a nail-biter with a late stop of the ‘Horns. 

MEMPHIS (+3) loses to South Florida

USF still has an outside shot to represent the East in the AAC Championship game.  Memphis presents a big hurdle in that the Bulls have never beaten the Tigers during the Willie Taggert era.  I know the game is at the Liberty Bowl but South Florida’s offense is lethal scoring at least 30 points in every game this season.  QB Flowers is having a Heisman Trophy season and RB Mack plus a corp of experienced skilled-position players will cause Memphis fits.  Both teams will score points but I think the Green & Gold score more.  USF, 51-42 in a fireworks of offensive.

NFL

TENNESSEE (+2 1/2) loses to Green Bay

Titans are starting to come on and, if the Packers take them lightly, they can surely beat the Cheeseheads in Nashville.  Don’t look for that to happen because Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers put out the word this week that GB needs to come to play with some passion and enthusiasm.  No more relax.  Look for a big effort from the Green & Gold and they will need it.  QB Marcus Mariota will have Tennesee ready but it just won’t be enough.  Pack, 26-24, with a late score.

NEW YORK GIANTS (-1) loses to Cincinnati

G-Men just play just well enough to win or just well enough to lose.  All their games have come down to the fourth quarter.  Either a big stop by the Giants defense or a late drive by QB Eli Manning leads to a New York win.  On the other side, either a blown coverage or a late turnover thwards the Gotham guys.  I’m expecting the later because Cincy isn’t chopped liver.  The combo of QB Dalton to WR Green will be effective and put up enough points to put a damper on the Met Life crowd looking for a W.  Bengals, 24-20 in a close one. 

LEO’S OTHERS

NCAA

Boston College (+21) loses to FLORIDA STATE

Cincinnati (+13) loses to CENTRAL FLORIDA

INDIANA (+7) loses to Penn State

Colorado State (+5 1/2) loses to AIR FORCE

South Carolina (+11 1/2) loses to FLORIDA

VIRGINIA (+10 1/2) loses to Miami-FL

Tulsa (-1) loses to NAVY

NFL

JACKSONVILLE (+1 1/2) loses to Houston

TENNESSEE (+2 1/2) loses to Green Bay

Miami (+4) loses to SAN DIEGO