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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tuffy Teaser: Week 1

Banshee Sports has been in hibernation mode for most of the summer.  During that hiatus, I changed careers.  I am no longer employed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a prosecuting attorney.  I am now a founding partner in the law firm of Wetzel and Washburn, PLLC.

Football is serious business for Tuffy.
With that new job came new freedoms.  Namely, the freedom to dabble in the wagering arts.  That freedom has given birth to a brand new column:  The Tuffy Teaser.

Each week, I will recommend a three-team, six-point teaser for the weekend slate of college football games.  The lines are based on what is posted at the free "gambling" site of  In honor of my beloved Tuffy cat, the only teams eligible for the weekly teaser are teams with a cat mascot.

Without further ado, I present The Tuffy Teaser: Week One.

Saturday, September 5.  12:00 p.m. EST

Stanford Cardinal                 -6
Northwestern Wildcats     +18

Experienced NFL bettors know that it is always trouble when west coast teams travel east for an early kickoff time.  This rarely happens in college football due to orchestrated non-conference scheduling.  In this season opener, the Stanford Cardinal will be opening on the road in what amounts to a 10:00 a.m. kickoff on their body clocks.  I am not predicting that this game will actually be in doubt at any point, but when teased to 18 points, the Northwestern Wildcats are a strong pick on their home turf.

Saturday, September 5.  3:30 p.m. EST

Penn State Nittany Lions     -  .5
Temple Owls                          + 12.5

Penn State has been a bit of a wildcard for several years.  The Nittany Lions have struggled with bad teams and have risen to the occasion against good teams.  But, 2015 is the dawn of a new era at Penn State.  Although they are not back to full strength in terms of depth, James Franklin's group is more talented than the Temple Owls.  In theory, this is a home game for Temple.  But in reality, the Linc will feel more like Happy Valley East when the crowd comes to life.  With a six-point tease, this game essentially becomes a pick-em.  Pick the Nittany Lions.

Saturday, September 5.  3:30 p.m. EST

Louisville Cardinals     + 16.5
Auburn Tigers             - 4.5

Sure, the SEC's image took a bit of a hit during last year's bowl games.  But, the SEC is still deeper and better than the ACC.  Many experts are predicting Auburn to be in contention for the conference championship and maybe even the national title.  Louisville, on the other hand, is expected to be a middle of the pack team in the ACC.  This game is going to be played in front of a hungry Auburn crowd.  I expect the Tigers to feast on the Cardinals.

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