LEO’S LOSERS : WEEK 14
By Leo Haggerty

Week 13 turned out splendidly.  Chalk up another win for Leo’s Lock (10-3 overall) and a big thank you to the Western Michigan Broncos for adding a $100 to the black.  Leo’s Losers went a modest 3-2 (33-32 overall) for a plus $25.  Leo’s Others put up an 8-2 (84-45-1) log and that put another 240 bucks in my pocket.  So, after the dust settled, Week 13 netted $365 to the pot pushing that total to just under two-grand with the exact total being $1,985.

Looking at Week 14 there are some very interesting match-ups.  Conference championship games abound in the NCAA and the NFL comes to their “money” part of the schedule.  That’s the last five contests starting with the gridiron battles following Thanksgiving week.

Got the ship back on track.  Let’s hope Week 14 continues my onward and upward late season surge.

LEO’S LOCK

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Colorado (+7 1/2) loses to Washington

I may be the only believer that the Huskies are a top-four team East to the Rockies.  Trust me, Washington has a big-time QB in Jake Browning, arguably the best wide receiver duo in Dante Pettis and John Ross, a stable of running backs and a top-notch defense that can run.  The Colorado defense, under the tutelage of DC Jim Leavitt, is 13th in the nation.  They keep the guys from Seattle under 30 but the Buffs offense won’t be able to keep up in the Rice-a-Roni Big 12 Championship game.  UW, 28-24, in a San Francisco treat.

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

Temple (+3) loses to NAVY

I really like the job both coaches have done.  Coach Rhule has brought big-time college football back to Philadelphia and Coach Niumatalolo (yea, it’s a mouthful so Coach Ken may do) has made Navy a top-tier program year after year.  Both are doing it with not a lot of five-star players.  Look for the Owls to try and grind-it-out and keep the ball away from the Middies.  Did I really just say that?  In the end, too much Will Worth for the Red & White to handle.  Navy, 41-35, in a truly down-to-the-wire championship game.

San Diego State (-6 1/2) loses to WYOMING

This is a rematch.  First game, Cowboys win by a point when SDSU goes for the two-point conversion after time had expired.  That was a great game.  This one will be the same.  Got to go with Wyoming in this one as well because of three reasons.  Home game in Laramie.  Altitude that should effect the sea-level Aztecs.  It’s gonna be cold and San Diego State isn’t prepared for that.  WYO, 41-40, in another down-to-the wire shoot-out.

Penn State (+3) loses to Wisconsin

Another contest that could go either way.  Penn State hasn’t lost since September.  Wisconsin’s only two losses are by a late TD at Michigan and by the same margin in OT with Ohio State.  Game being played indoors so advantage Nittany Lions because they throw it more than the Badgers.  The winner is the Big Ten champ and should go to the playoffs but that looks like a longshot.  Check my article later this weekend on that subject.  UW, 17-16, in a nail-biter.

NFL

Houston (+6 1/2) loses to GREEN BAY

Is The Pack back after their Monday night win in Philly?  That is a debatable point but what is not up for discussion is the fact that the Texans, a warm-weather indoor squad, have to go to the “frozen tundra of Lambeau Field” for an outdoor afternoon kickoff.  I don’t know about you but my money is on QB Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green & Gold in this one.  Houston gets beat up by the Packers as well as Mother Nature who may drop some white stuff on northeast Wisconsin during the game. Green Bay, 27-13, in the cold.

OAKLAND (-3) loses to Buffalo

I know, just when you want to jump on the Bills Bandwagon they lay an egg.  I think this is the week it doesn’t happen for Buffalo. Finally, WR Sammy Watkins is back to help RB LeSean McCoy carry the load on offense.  That had an immediate impact on a Bills win and they catch the Raiders in “look-ahead” mode.  Oakland has a Thursday night date in Kansas City to play the Chiefs and the thought of that AFC West rivalry game may creep into the Siler & Black.  QB Derek Carr is pressured by the Bills defense and the Blue & Red turn a couple turnovers into points.  Bills, 23-21, in a close one.

LEO’S OTHERS

NCAA

TEXAS CHRISTIAN (-4 1/2) loses to Kansas State

GEORGIA SOUTHERN (+7) loses to Troy

Louisiana-Lafayette (-6 1/2) loses to LOUISIANA-MONROE

Florida (+24) loses to Alabama

NFL

JACKSONVILLE (+4) loses to Denver

ATLANTA (-4) loses to Kansas City

CINCINNATI (Pick) loses to Philadelphia

CHICAGO (-1) loses to San Francisco

BALTIMORE (-3) loses to Miami

Tampa Bay (-3 1/2) loses to SAN DIEGO