LEO’S LOSERS : WEEK 12
By Leo Haggerty

Had a strange week to say the least.  Was looking at a catastrophic hurricane and, by the end of the day, changed to a annoying drizzle.

Here’s what went down.  Leo’s Lock was broken (8-3 overall) and that cost me 2 c-notes.  Can’t blame Wyoming.  Went 3 overtimes and put up 66 points.  Problem was that Nevada posted 69 on their side of the scoreboard.

Leo’s Losers went an unremarkable 2-3 (26-29 overall) and that put $125 in red.  Facing a $325 deficit, this was not looking good to say the least.

Getting ready to take a big one in the pocketbook but, as Lee Corso says, “not so fast, my friend.” Leo’s Others rips off a 9-1 slate  (70-39-1 overall) to get me $320 big ones.  That led to a net loss of $5 and dropping the winnings to still a nice four-digit total of $1,145.

Could have been a lot worse.  Let’s move to Week 12 and see if I can make a better showing.

LEO’S LOCK

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CLEVELAND (-7 1/2) loses to Pittsburgh

Normally, I shy away from the NFL for my LEO’S LOCK but this is like manna from above.  The Steelers (4-5) are a game behind the Ravens in the AFC North and the Browns are looking to just win a game (0-10) in the same division.  I know this is a traditional rivalry and you should throw out the records.  I know neither one was moving to the AFC from the NFC unless the other went along for the ride so they don’t like each other.  I know the game is at FirstEnergy Stadium.  The problem is Cleveland’s on their umpteenth quarterback and Big Ben will be on a mission after last week’s loss to the Cowboys.  The ‘Burgh, 31-13, in a runaway.

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

CINCINNATI (+7 1/2) loses to Memphis

Coach Tommy Tuberville’s beleaguered Bearcats just can’t catch a break.  It seems that almost every week they face an opponent that needs to win to stay atop their division or just lost a close one and they’re refocused.  Either way, Cincinnati comes up short even with the game being played at Nippert Stadium.  Tigers, 35-21, as the boat continues to take on water in Cincy.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN (-4) loses to Oklahoma State

Cowboys have an outside chance to win the Big 12.  Have to beat the Horned Frogs first to make the Bedlam game with OU matter.  TCU, for some reason, has trouble stopping people and that plays right to the strong suit of OSU.  Ok State, 42-40, in a typical Big 12 offensive slugfest.

EAST CAROLINA (+7 1/2) loses to Navy

I really like what Scotty Montgomery is doing up in Greenville.  He has the Pirates relevant after beating NC State.  The only problem is Navy’s offense, led by QB Will Worth, is playing lights out.  ECU must make it a high-scoring affair to win and that means they have to score quickly and often.  Here’s the rub.  When the Midshipmen are rolling on offense, they play hide-and-seek.  They hide the ball for 7 to 10 minutes while you seek it.  Ask Notre Dame how that work.  Middies, 28-17, in a ground assault by the guys from Annapolis.

NFL

Tampa Bay (-7 1/2) loses to KANSAS CITY

The Red and White has been on fire since the bye week.  Oh, what a surprise there.  HC Andy Reid is 16-2 coming out of the bye week and Chiefs hadn’t lost since their bye this season.  Also, QB Alex Smith may be the most underrated signal-caller in the NFL.  Tampa has been playing well but they have to deal with an aggressive Kansas City defense that creates turnovers.  Plus, the boisterous crowd at Arrowhead will be worth at least three false starts.  KC, 19-13, in a defensive struggle.

Arizona (-1) loses to MINNESOTA

Zona (4-4) is trending up in the NFC West and Vikes (5-4), after starting as a house-of-fire, are heading south quickly in the NFC North.  So why do I like Minnesota in this one? Purple People Eaters are finally getting healthy and the offensive line is starting to develop continuity so they can protect Bradford.  Cards are a different team on the road and this game at the spacious U.S. Bank Stadium in the Twin Cities.  Enough said.  Minnie, 24-23, with a late field goal.

LEO’S OTHERS

NCAA

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (+3) loses to Miami-FL

Duke (+7 1/2) loses to PITTSBURGH

Oklahoma (-2 1/2) loses to WEST VIRGINIA

NOTRE DAME (PK) loses to Virginia Tech

SYRACUSE (+21) loses to Florida State

SOUTHERN METHODIST (+13) loses to South Florida

Tulsa (-1) loses to CENTRAL FLORIDA

NFL

DETROIT (- 6 1/2) loses to Jacksonville

DALLAS (-7) loses to Baltimore

LOS ANGELES (+1 1/2) loses to Miami