LEO’S LOSERS – WEEK 14
By Leo Haggerty
Archived under Featured Articles – Breaking News & Leo’s Losers

Week 13 was unlucky only in one specific area and, I know this may sound ridiculous, but I am ecstatic that I was wrong.  It solves a whole lot of problems down the road when it comes to choosing the four teams to play in the College Football Playoff.

LEO’S LOCK (9-4) took a hit with Alabama losing to Auburn.  To be perfectly honestly, I’ll eat that one because it takes the choice out of the CFP Committee’s hand and there’s no unlocked backdoor for the Crimson Tide to sneak into as they have done twice in the past.  That, happily, cost me 450 clams.

After that, Week 13 became really lucky.  LEO’S LOSERS (40-25) was another spectacular 4-1 and that added 675 Euros to the bank account.

LEO’S OTHERS (73-57) had an outstanding week as well posting a 7-3 log.  That was good for 1,100 greenbacks and that almost brought my short term investment banker to tears.

That added up to an 11-5 won-loss record.  Even better, it adds 1325 yen to the black.

So, what does that computer to for the first 13 sessions?  The arithmetic reads 122-86 and it raises my total wining to an astounding $6,300.

Now, I have to admit, I’ve NEVER attained the six thousand plateau before.  Heck, I catapulted right past the five grand level and I don’t think I ever cracked that ceiling before either.

With all that being said, let’s get right to Week 14.  Need to make some more hay now because, after Championship Week, it will be all 16 NFL games I will need to use for my prognostications with the except of Army-Navy next week.  Any Given Sunday, right?

Without further fanfare, below are my picks.  I hope to keep up the winning ways in case any of you are using this as a guide for your weekend selections.  Enjoy.

LEO’S LOCK

Louisiana-Lafayette (+6 1/2) loses to APPALACHIAN STATE

OK, I’m going with history here.  The Mountaineers and the Ragin’ Cajuns are meeting for the fourth time in the past two seasons.  App State won 17-7 in Lafayette this season.  The North Carolina crew won the previous two meetings last season and the championship game is in Boone so it will be cold and at elevation.  That’s enough for me.  ASU, 30-20, in a game close until the final quarter.

LEO’S LOSERS

NCAA

Baylor (+8) loses to Oklahoma

Really torn on this one.  Bears will be salivating to get back at the Crimson & Cream especially after the Green & Gold let the Sooners come back late in Waco to give Baylor their only blemish this season.  Oklahoma has found a way to win every game since their road loss to Kansas State.  They haven’t been pretty but they’re wins and that’s all that matters.  OU, 45-40, in a typical Big 12 score fest.

Cincinnati (+8 1/2) loses to MEMPHIS

If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Bearcats would have no luck.  Cincy had to go to Memphis last week and play the Tigers in the season finale and ended us on the short side of a 34-24 count.  The Red & Black do have a new wrinkle with starting QB Desmond Ritter back after sitting out last week’s affair with a injured shoulder.  That will help keep it close but it won’t be enough to secure the victory.  UM, 35-28, with the raucous Liberty Bowl Tiger faithful worth at least a TD.

Georgia (+7 1/2) loses to Louisiana State

Could be the best game of the weekend.  Dogs need to win to get into the College Football Playoff.  Tigers need a win to stay in the CFP.  Basically, this is an elimination game.  Winner goes on to compete for the National Championship.  Loser could be on the outside looking in.  LSU, 36-33, with a Joe Burrow TD toss in OT being the difference.

NFL

Denver (+9 1/2) loses to HOUSTON

Denver is coming off a last-second home win over the Chargers.  Houston is coming off a convincing home dumping of New England. Advantage, Texans.  Broncos signal caller Drew Lock will be making the second start of his career. Blue & Red QB Dashaun Watson is having an MVP season.  Big advantage, Texans. Plus, the game is at NRG Stadium.  Enough said.  HOU, 31-17, as the beat goes on in H-town.

NEW YORK JETS (-5 1/2) loses to Miami

Yes, I know the game is near the Big Apple and inclement weather usually gives the Fish fits.  Only problem with that scenario is that the the weather report is for abnormally warm weather.  Plus, both teams are trending in different directions.  The Fins beat the Eagles and the Jets lost to the previously winless Bengals.  I need no more.  MIA, 27-16, and the Dolphins climb even with New York with three games to play.

LEO’S OTHERS

NCAA

Central Michigan (- 6 1/2) loses to Miami-Ohio

NFL

BUFFALO (+6) loses to Baltimore

San Francisco (+2 1/2) loses to NEW ORLEANS

ATLANTA (-3) loses to Carolina

Indianapolis (+3) loses to TAMPA BAY

JACKSONVILLE (+3) loses to Los Angeles Chargers

NEW ENGLAND (-3) loses to Kansas City

Pittsburgh (-2) loses to ARIZONA

Tennessee (-3) loses to OAKLAND

New York Giants (+9) loses to PHILADELPHIA