LEO’S LOSERS : WEEK 7
By Leo Haggerty

Another below average Week 6. That’s not good unless you’re my short-term investment bankers because they’re making money off of my mistakes.

LEO’S LOCK (4-1-1) came through for $200.  LEO’S LOSERS (15-15) was a not so special 2-3 that cost me 25 clams.  LEO’S OTHERS (31-29) was a dismal 4-6 and that cost me half a grand.

The total arithmetic for Week 6 was 7-9 for another 325 in losses.  That makes me 50-45-1 for the campaign and $550 in the red.

Time to make a change.  I’m breaking out “Dog Logic” and that means flying by the seat of my pants and not overthinking the choices.  Can’t get much worse right?

So, as they say in the Navy, damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead.  Below are the Week 7 prognostications. Enjoy and let’s hope for a more productive performance.

LEO’S LOCK

TEMPLE (-3 1/2) loses to Cincinnati

Yes, I realize that both teams are in that four-team logjam at the top of the American Athletic Conference’s East Division. Also understand that Temple is improving every week and are extremely tough at home.  With all that being said, I think HC Luke Fickell has something special going on in the Queen City. The Bearcats are 6-0 with an impressive road win at UCLA.  Going to definitely be Big Boy football and I think that favors Cincy.  UC, 28-27, with a late stop to seal the deal.

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

North Carolina (+8 1/2) loses to SYRACUSE

The Cuse allowed the heartbreaking loss at Clemson to turn into s second against Pitt.  HC  Dino Babers will make sure the bleeding stops before a third setback at the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome.  SU, 35-20, with another offensive fireworks display.

WASHINGTON STATE (-3) loses to Oregon

There is no tougher place to play in the PAC 12 when Mother Nature is a factor than The Palouse.  Maybe all of NCAA football.  Huge home field advantage for the Cougars playing in Pullman.  Still, Oregon is one bad snap away from being undefeated and the Ducks are coming off a huge overtime win in Eugene over Washington.  Momentum with the Quacks and that’s what I’m going with.  OU, 48-40, in a high scoring affair.

NFL

Detroit (+3) loses to MIAMI

Yes, Lions are much improved but they’re taking on two opponents in Miami.  One is the Dolphins who are coming off a roller coaster emotional home overtime win over the Bears.  The Fish will be ready to take two straight from NFC North opponents.  The second is Mom Nature.  Look for game temperatures to be in the 80s or hotter.  I expect the Motor City guys to wilt in the oppressive heat. MIA, 24-17, with a late score.

WASHINGTON (-1 1/2) loses to Dallas

This all depends on which Cowboy team shows up.  Will it be the one that controls the action by pounding the Skins with a steady diet of Zeke Elliott?  Or will it be the pass happy one that puts its defense on the field way too often?  I’m voting for the former.  DAL, 27-19, but the results could be reversed if Big D tried to become Blue Star Air.

New York Giants (+5 1/2) loses to ATLANTA

G Men let the last second loss to Carolina become two when they lost to Philly Thursday at MetLife Stadium. The Falcons hung on to beat the Bucs in Hotlanta.  Dirty Birds trending up and at home and New York is in freefall.  That’s enough for me.  ATL, 31-21, in a game that isn’t as close as the score would indicate.

LEO’S OTHERS

NCAA

EAST CAROLINA (+21) loses to Central Florida

Maryland (+9) loses to IOWA

Tulsa (-7) loses to ARKANSAS

Wake Forest (+10) loses to FLORIDA STATE

Oklahoma (-8) loses to TCU

UTAH (-6 1/2) loses to Southern California

Connecticut (+33 1/2) loses to SOUTH FLORIDA

NFL

JACKSONVILLE (-4 1/2) loses to Houston

New England (-3) loses to CHICAGO

TAMPA BAY (-3) loses to Cleveland