LEO’S LOSERS : WEEK 5
By Leo Haggerty
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To say Week 4 was outstanding is an understatement.  As you will see below, it was off the charts.

LEO’S LOCK  (3-1) was the only major blemish on a very productive weekend and that cost me 450 yen.  LEO’S LOSERS (12-8), which has been my Achilles heel for the first three weeks, was a perfect 5-0 with two dogs coming through and that added 1,450 greenbacks to my account.  LEO’S OTHERS (24-16) was a respectable 6-4 putting 400 pesos in my account.

That all adds up to an 11-5 log for a monetary increase of  $1,375 for Week 4.  So, after the first four weeks, I’m a combined 39-25 and that puts my bank at $2,375.  Nice to play with house money this early in the season.  The only person that’s bent out of shape about my good fortune is my bookie.  He’s not a happy camper to say the least but it could have, and should have, been worst for him.

Now, I know this will sound like sour grapes but, the total should have been a lot bigger.  Right when I was ready to post my Week 4 picks, I decided to check the spreads.  For my LEO’S LOCK, I had Southern Cal (+9) losing to Washington in Seattle and the Huskies did beat the Trojans.

The problem was that the line on Friday moved to +10 for the Men of Troy.  That, according to the rules I had stipulated before the season began, made that game ineligible to pick unless it was a Florida school.

Here’s where I screwed up.  Instead of moving one of my five LEO’S LOSERS, who incidentally all were winners, up to the LEO’S LOCK spot I chose a new LEO’S LOCK which, in reality, was my 17th choice of a loser.  That won’t happen again because it cost me the 450 I lost and the at least

So it’s on to Week 5 with a satchel full of house money.  Some more creative picks but Columbus took a chance, right?  Enjoy.

LEO’S LOCK

Baltimore (-3 1/2) loses to PITTSBURGH

Yeah, I know there’s no Big Ben for the Black & Gold.  What I do know is that the Terrible Towels will be out in force and Steeler Nation will be at triple-digit decibel level for the entire game when the Ravens have the football.  Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson has never experienced these type of hostile surroundings.  Through into the mix the Pittsburgh defense that is getting better every game and that’s enough for me.  PIT, 27-13, with a defensive TD at the end to seal the deal.

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

Arizona (+4) loses to COLORADO

Battle of 3-1 teams in Boulder.  Wildcats have won three in a row at home after a road opening loss to Hawaii and are coming off a close home win over UCLA.  The Buffaloes only loss was in overtime to Air Force and won a close won over ASU in Tempe before having a bye week.  The Buffs will be totally rested and have the knack of finding a way to stay close and pull a game out at the end.  That’s enough for me.  CU, 45-35, in a typical PAC 1TCU 2 shoot out.

Northwestern (+7 1/2) loses to NEBRASKA

Yeah, I know that Big Red got blown out at home by Ohio State.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that the Wildcats are not the Buckeyes especially on offense.  Northwestern played Wisconsin tough in Madison but just can’t find the end zone.  Advantage, Huskers.  NU, 35-17, with Cornhuskers QB Adrian Martinez having multiple scores through the air and on the ground.

Texas Christian (+ 3 1/2) loses to IOWA STATE

TCU has only one blemish on its record and that’s a home loss to undefeated SMU in a battle of former Southwest Conference foes. The Cyclones two losses are by a grand total of 3 points.  Got to go with the home team here.  ISU, 37-34, in a game that may be decided in overtime.

NFL

TENNESSEE (-3) loses to Buffalo

Yup, I’m out on a limb here.  The Bills are on the road plus QB Josh Allen is in concussion protocol and will be a game time decision.  So why do I like Buffalo?  That one is simple.  The Bills defense held the Patriots to 9 points and everyone knows defense travels.  BUF, 17-16, in a defense battle.

Denver (+6 1/2) loses to LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

An AFC West showdown which has lost a bit of its luster with the Broncos still looking for their first win of the season.  The problem for Denver is this is not the week they get it.  Chargers can score and QB Phillip Rivers has done it through the air so far.  Now add RB Melvin Gordon to the mix and it a home game for the Lightning Bolts. That’s just too many hills for Denver to climb.  LAC, 27-13, with Gordon finding pay dirt a couple of times.

LEO’S OTHERS

NCAA

CONNECTICUT (+11) loses to South Florida

Tulane (-3) loses to ARMY

FLORIDA (+3) loses to Auburn

Liberty (-5) loses to NEW MEXICO STATE

Virginia Tech (+14) loses to MIAMI-FL

NFL

CAROLINA (-3 1/2) loses to Jacksonville

NEW YORK GIANTS (+5 1/2) loses to Minnesota

Tampa Bay (+ 3) loses to NEW ORLEANS

Atlanta (+5) loses to HOUSTON

DALLAS (-3 1/2) loses to Green Bay