LEO’S LOSERS : WEEK 11
By Leo Haggerty
Archived under Featured Articles – Breaking News & Leo’s Losers

As the saying goes, “What goes up, must come down” and that’s what happened in Week 10.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that I didn’t come crashing down but more of just a bumpy landing.

LEO’S LOCK (7-3) came through again.  That added 250 rubles to the account.

LEO’S LOSERS (29-21) was a respectable 3-2 but it was the wrong two.  That cost me 75 greenbacks.

LEO’S OTHERS (57-43) was a terrible 4-6.  That forced me to give back 600 pesos to my short term investment banker.

Here’s the arithmetic for Week 10.  I was 8-8 for the weekend and that equated to a loss of 425 yen.

So, after 10 weeks, I’m not doing too bad as we head into the home stretch of the football season.  My overall record is 93-67 and I’m still playing with house money to the tune of $3,975.

Now, it’s on to Week 11.  Went out on a limb with a couple of selections but no risk, no reward, right?  Enjoy.

LEO’S LOCK

MISSOURI (+7) loses to Florida

I would have thought that the line for Mizzou would be in the double-digit range but, like I’ve said in the past, sometimes Vegas knows something we don’t.  The Tigers need a win to get bowl eligible.    The Gators need a win to stay in the New Years Day Bowl Sweepstakes and that will be the motivational factor for the Blue & Orange to come out on top.  UF, 38-30, in a game as close as the score.

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

Tulane (-6) loses to TEMPLE

A battle of 6-3 teams in the American Athletic Conference.  Both teams are bowl eligible but neither has a shot at going to the AAC Championship game.  Basically, on paper, this game is a toss-up with the only advantage going to the Cherry & White because the contest is in Philly.  That’s enough for me.  TU, 19-17, where Mother Nature should help out the Owls.

Navy (+9) loses to Notre Dame

The way Navy is playing, I am so tempted to pick the upset here.  In fact, if the game was in Annapolis, I would be picking the Middies.  The fact is that the game is in South Bend and Touchdown Jesus is worth at least a TD.  ND, 30-23, as the bigger Irish lines just wear down the game Midshipmen in the trenches.

Texas Christian (-3) loses to TEXAS TECH

Here’s where I’m taking a little bit of a flyer.  The Horned Frogs lost a triple overtime heart-breaker to Baylor last week in Fort Worth.  That’s going to take its toll this week as TCU has to go to Lubbock and take on the Red Raiders.  Classic example of how one loss can become two with the right circumstances and everything looks to be aligned for that to happen.  TT, 36-33, with the outcome being decided in overtime.

NFL

Atlanta (-5 1/2) loses to CAROLINA

This is starting to look like a pretty close game.  The Dirty Birds went to the Big Easy and put a whoopin’ on Drew Brees and the Saints.  The Cats went to the Snowy Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field and came within inches of bringing a W back to Charlotte over the Pack.  The Falcons are starting to perform like I thought the would at the beginning of the season but so are the Panthers.  CAR, 27-19, as McCaffrey is the difference.

Chicago (+ 6 1/2) loses to LOS ANGELES RAMS

This game leads me to ask two big questions.  The first is what’s wrong with the 4-5 Bears?  The second is what’s wrong with the 5-4 Rams?  Both were playoff teams in 2018 and, if the season ended today, they would both be on the outside looking in.  This contest will all come down to which quarterback has the cleanest jersey when the gun goes off to end the tilt.  I’m saying it’s Goff over Trubisky.  LAR, 27-24, with a late field goal to seal the deal.

LEO’S OTHERS

NCAA

GEORGIA TECH (+5 1/2) loses to Virginia Tech

SOUTH FLORIDA (-14) loses to Cincinnati

IOWA (-3) loses to Minnesota

Georgia (-3) loses to AUBURN

Texas (+6 1/2) loses to IOWA STATE

NFL

New Orleans (-5 1/2) loses to TAMPA BAY

INDIANAPOLIS (-3) loses to Jacksonville

MIAMI (+5 1/2) loses to Buffalo

BALTIMORE (-4) loses to Houston

New England (-3 1/2) loses to PHILADELPHIA