By Leo Haggerty
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OK, it was just a matter of time before I had an off-week.  It’s the law of averages.  Well, Week 5 was that time where my picks came up short but only a little bit lacking of the break-even mark as you will see below.

LEO’S LOCK (3-2), for the second straight week, failed and that cost me 250 rubles.  I know that Pittsburgh covered against Baltimore but the name of the game is winning.  The fact that the Steelers got it to overtime with their third-team QB calling the shots was commendable but it didn’t get the W for the Black & Gold.

LEO’S LOSERS (15-10) was a satisfactory 3-2.  That was good for 175 yen.  LEO’S OTHERS (29-21) was 5-5 but it wasn’t the right five so I lost a Benjamin by splitting the 10 contests.

So, after Week 5, I posted a 8-8 log that cost me 175 greenbacks.  That gives me a combined record of 47-33 and, after giving some of my winnings back to my short term investment banker, I’m still playing with $2,200 worth of house money.  That’s always a good thing!

So, it’s on to Week 6.  Lots of good games on the slate and it looks like a few dogs I may pick to bark.  Enjoy


HOUSTON (+7 1/2) loses to Cincinnati

Let’s be honest here.  The Cougars are playing out the string this season to get to next year when they have a plethora of big-time transfers become eligible.  The problem for Houston is that the Bearcats are playing for the 2019 season and Cincinnati is pretty darn good.  That’s all I need.  UC, 41-28, in a game that’s close until the 4th quarter.



MINNESOTA (- 7 1/2) loses to Nebraska

I can see how the Gophers are favored.  The Purple & Gold are undefeated and are playing in Minneapolis.  The big problem for Minnesota is that none of their five victories are against anyone of the caliber of the Cornhuskers.  UM will hang tough but just not enough athletes to go toe-to-toe with the Huskers this season. NU, 31-17, and Big Red gets back on the winning track.

ARIZONA STATE (-1) loses to Washington State

At the beginning of the season, this game looked to be a blowout for Wazoo.  As Lee Corse says, not so fast, my friend.  Sun Devils HC Herm Edwards has Arizona State at 4-1 and, coming off a bye week, will be no pushover.  I just think the Cougars, with their Air Raid offense leading the nation with 450 yards per game through the air, will put up more points than the the guys from Tempe.  WSU, 51-42, in a typical PAC 12 shootout.

TENNESSEE (+ 7) loses to Mississippi State

The Vols may have the toughest job of rebuilding in the country.  Not only does Rocky Top have to play in the Southeast Conference East Division against Florida and Georgia but their every-year SEC West opponent is Alabama.  That makes it extremely difficult to recruit the athletes needed just to be competitive. Expect the Volunteers to play hard at home especially with the Crimson Tide next on the schedule.  With all that said, I like the Bulldogs coming off their bye week.  MSU, 35-20, and the losses keep piling up in Knoxville.


Houston (+4 1/2) loses to KANSAS CITY

There are two facts about this game that shine like blinking neon lights.  The first is if the Texans can keep QB DeShaun Watson clean, they win.  The second is that the Chiefs rarely lose at Arrowhead Stadium and that is exactly what happened last week against the Colts.  Look for Kansas City to put enormous pressure on the Houston QB while making sure DL J.J. Watt and Company stay away from Mahomes.  KC, 30-20, and the Chiefs stay on a collision course with New England for home field in the AFC playoffs.

San Francisco (+3) loses to LOS ANGELES RAMS

Here’s the good news.  So far, all San Fran has done is win every game they have played this season.  Here’s the bad news.  None of them have the weapons on both sides of the ball like the Rams.  Also, the game is being played in Los Angeles and this is a must-win for the home team. The Blue & Gold guys cannot afford to fall three games behind the 49ers and that’s the clincher for me.  LA, 38-21, with a defensive and special teams score.



TEMPLE (+6) loses to Memphis

ARIZONA (+6) loses to Washington

Brigham Young (-6 1/2) loses to SOUTH FLORIDA

Florida (+13) loses to LOUISIANA STATE

Florida State (+27) loses to CLEMSON


Carolina (-2) loses to Tampa Bay

CLEVELAND (+1 1/2) loses to Seattle

JACKSONVILLE (- 1) loses to New Orleans

Washington (- 3 1/2) loses to MIAMI

NEW YORK JETS (+7) loses to Dallas