LEO’S LOSERS : WEEK 10
By Leo Haggerty
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Week 9 was another big winner for yours truly.  The big plus was that it was positive in all three categories.

LEO’S LOCK (6-3) came through to add 250 yen to my bankroll.  LEO’S LOSERS (26-19) was again a robust 4-1 and that added 675 greenbacks to my account with the short tern investment banker.  Finally, LEO’S OTHERS (53-37) was a respectable 6-4 and that increased the till by 400 pesos.

So, after all was said and done, I posted an 11-5 log in Week 9.  That was good for $1,325 in the black.

The year-to-date arithmetic is pretty good if I do say so myself.  After nine weeks, my overall prognostication record is 85-59 and that equates to $4,400 in the black.

Let’s see if I can continue my winning ways in Week 10.  Starting to get some really tough games as the season starts to crystallize into the haves and have nots.  Enjoy.

LEO’S LOCK

Iowa (+ 9 1/2) loses to WISCONSIN

The Badgers went through the first six games, the final five in that sequence at home, and then stumbled at Illinois and got blown out at Ohio State.  It’s the first game back at Camp Randall in Madison since those two defeats and Wisconsin also had a bye week to get ready for the Hawkeyes.  Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz will have the Black & Gold ready but Bucky has too much Jonathan Taylor for the Hawkeyes.  UW, 31-13, as the Badgers stay on a collision course with Minnesota to determine the top spot in the Big Ten West.

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

DUKE (+8) loses to Notre Dame

Sorry, Blue Devils, this isn’t roundball.  It’s football.  Granted, HC David Cutcliffe has the Dukies much improved but they’re not on the level of the Irish yet but it’s coming.  The game is in Durham and that will help but the Golden Domers just have too many athletes all across the field.  ND, 31-28, with a late field goal, possibly in overtime.

MINNESOTA (+6 1/2) loses to Penn State

Battle of Big Ten undefeated teams.  No surprise that the Nittany Lions are unblemished but the Gophers are in uncharted waters.  The last time Minnesota was 8-0 was a month before the attack on Pearl Harbor so we’re talking 1941 for you non-history buffs.  That’s 78 years ago for you mathematically challenged individuals.  If the Maroon and Gold pull of the upset in Minneapolis, HC P.J Fleck will be elector governor but that’s not happening.  PSU, 30-20, and Jesse Ventura’s place in Minnesota lore remains intact.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN (+2) loses to Baylor

Another Cinderella squad gets to go to the ball this weekend.  Baylor is also a perfect 8-0 and have to make the trip to Fort Worth to take on the Horned Frogs to stay undefeated.  In fact, the last loss the Waco crew has experienced was against TCU last year.  You can bet that Baylor HC Matt Rhule has repeated made his charges aware of that fact.  BU, 19-17, and the beat goes on for the Bears.

NFL

Arizona (+4 1/2) loses to TAMPA BAY

The Buccaneers finally get back to Raymond James Stadium after completing their NFL-imposed six week banishment tour.  Tampa Bay has just played well enough to lose and, with a single break in a couple of contests, could have come away with a 3-2 log.  The Cards are also not getting blown out so this looks like, on paper, an evenly matched contest.  I believe it will come down to quarterback play and I’m taking Winston at home over Murray on the road.  TB,28-24, and the Pewter Pirates stop their four-game losing streak.

TENNESSEE (+3 1/2) loses to Kansas City

Yes, the game is in Nashville.  Yes, the Titans are tough at home.  But a bigger yes is that Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes is playing.  That’s enough for me.  KC, 31-20, and the Chiefs stay atop the AFC West.

LEO’S OTHERS

NCAA

Florida State (+2) loses to BOSTON COLLEGE

MIAMI-FL (-6 1/2) loses to Louisville

Appalachian State (+5) loses SOUTH CAROLINA

Vanderbilt (+26) loses to FLORIDA

ALABAMA (-6) loses to Louisiana State

NFL

SAN FRANCISCO (-6) loses to Seattle

DALLAS (-3) loses to Minnesota

Carolina (+5) loses to GREEN BAY

Miami (+10 1/2) loses to Indianapolis

CLEVELAND (+2 1/2) loses to Buffalo