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College Football Week 7 Schedule, Picks, and Predictions For Every Game

The biggest game of the year to date will take center stage, as #3 Georgia and the best defense in the country takes on #2 Alabama and the best offense in the country. Also on the docket:

  • Our first big midweek showdown of the season as ULL takes on Coastal Carolina in a potential Sun Belt title preview… on a Wednesday!?
  • Tulsa looks to pull another big upset and jump into the top 25 as they travel to #8 Cincinnati
  • Trevor Lawrence and #1 Clemson hope to avoid a letdown effect post-Miami as they take on Georgia Tech
  • A sneaky good South Carolina team has the home-field edge hosting #15 Auburn
  • Fresh off of a win against Mississippi State, Kentucky looks to make it two in a row @ #18 Tennessee
  • Two teams hoping to stay alive in the AAC race – UCF and Memphis – square off
  • LSU hopes to save their season after a 1-2 start traveling to face #10 Florida
  • #23 Virginia Tech looks to avoid the upset against a very underrated Boston College squad

2020 Prediction Stats

Straight Up: 106-34 (76%)
ATS Best Bets: 22-13 (+7.0 units)
ATS Total: 76-58-6 (+11.2 units)

Best Bets

Houston (+5.5) vs #14 BYU – Friday, 9:30 PM ET, ESPN
East Carolina (+2) vs Navy – 12 PM ET, ESPN2
NC State (-4) vs Duke – 3:30 PM ET, ESPN3
Memphis (+3.5) vs UCF – 3:30 PM ET, ABC
Charlotte (-6.5) vs Florida International – 8 PM ET, ESPNU

Wednesday, October 14th

Coastal Carolina (3-0, 1-0 Sun Belt) @ #21 Louisiana (3-0, 2-0 Sun Belt)

7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: Louisiana -7

This Wednesday night tilt between Louisiana and Coastal Carolina may be a preview of the eventual Sun Belt title game in December. Both squads will head into the matchup unbeaten, and each has a win over a power five foe under their belt from non-conference play. Coastal RB CJ Marable is the player to watch for the Chanticleers, and QB Grayson McCall is a little inconsistent but has played out of his mind so far in 2020. However, Louisiana is at home here. The ULL offensive line is up there with the best in the G5, and the rushing duo of Trey Ragas and Eli Mitchell is lights out good. This will be a fun game to watch, but when all is said and done, the Cajuns will come out on top.

CSD Pick: Louisiana 35, Coastal Carolina 26

Thursday, October 15th

Georgia State (1-1, 0-1 Sun Belt) @ Arkansas State (2-2, 0-1 Sun Belt)
7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: Arkansas State -3.5

CSD Pick: Arkansas State 35, Georgia State 33

Friday, October 16th

#17 SMU (4-0, 1-0 American) @ Tulane (2-2, 0-2 American)
6 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: SMU -8

CSD Pick: SMU 37, Tulane 30

#14 BYU (4-0) @ Houston (1-0)
9:30 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: BYU -5.5

Two unbeaten teams will roll into TDECU Stadium on Friday night, only one will come out with that unbeaten record intact. BYU had been lights out this year, emphasis on had, the Cougars struggled with UTSA mightily last week, and they’ll be taking on a Houston team that is better than any opponent they’ve faced this year, and Kalani Sitake’s group will have to do it on the road. Houston, led by playmaker Marquez Stevenson, looked awesome in their season-opening 49-31 win over Tulane, and the boys from H-Town cruised to that victory despite five turnovers. Clean that up, and at home, I think Houston could pull the upset, so I’m definitely taking the 5.5.

CSD Pick: BYU 33, Houston 32

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – Houston +5.5

Saturday, October 17th

#1 Clemson (4-0, 3-0 ACC) @ Georgia Tech (2-2, 2-1 ACC)

12 PM ET, ABC
Vegas Line: Clemson -26.5

This is getting a little boring at this point. I really like this Georgia Tech team, they knocked off Louisville last week, they’re young, the defense has shown signs of excellence, and on paper, they probably should keep this one within 26.5, but against Clemson, I just can’t lock it up, even if I think its the right side. Trevor Lawrence and company are just too good, and they’ll continue to roll ACC foes as we head towards the November 7th showdown against Notre Dame.

CSD Pick: Clemson 42, Georgia Tech 21

#8 Cincinnati (3-0, 1-0 American) @ Tulsa (1-1, 1-0 American) – CANCELLED

12 PM ET, CANCELLED
Vegas Line: Cincinnati -4.5

This has got to be one of my most anticipated games of the week. We’ve only seen Tulsa play twice this year, but they almost knocked off a top ten Oklahoma State team on the road and then did knock off a top 15 UCF team on the road in their two games so far. At home, taking on an excellent foe in Cincinnati, this is the Golden Hurricane’s chance to prove themselves. I just think Cincy is too good. I thought Gerrid Doaks and the Bearcats were the best team in the AAC coming into the year, and I’m firm in that conviction now. Zach Smith has just been too inconsistent for Tulsa to bet on the offense, and the Cincy defense is good. Like really good. The Bearcats forced five turnovers against USF last week. Cincy goes to 4-0, but it will be close.

CSD Pick: Cincinnati 27, Tulsa 22

Pittsburgh (3-2, 2-2 ACC) @ #13 Miami (3-1, 2-1 ACC)
12 PM ET, ACC Network
Vegas Line: Miami -10.5

CSD Pick: Miami 31, Pittsburgh 21

#15 Auburn (2-1 SEC) @ South Carolina (1-2 SEC)

12 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: Auburn -2.5

It is so tempting to pick the upset here. At home, in a year where his job may be on the line, everything in my heart says that Will Muschamp is going to get this done, but my head says the opposite. This Auburn team has had a rough start to the year, but they are too talented to let that continue to be the case. I’ve not been the biggest fan of Bo Nix over the past couple of years, but I think he does just enough, and the Auburn defense secures the Tigers a win, stifling a struggling Gamecocks offense.

CSD Pick: Auburn 25, South Carolina 23

Kentucky (1-2 SEC) @ #18 Tennessee (2-1 SEC)

12 PM ET, SEC Network
Vegas Line: Tennessee -6

This is the presumptive “third-place game” in the SEC East. Tennessee is looking to turn things around after a loss to Georgia last week, and I think they’ll do just that. The Vols are at home here, Jarrett Gurantano will be good, and the Kentucky offense, which has really struggled so far this year, will struggle to put up points against a solid Tennessee D. Vols, but close.

CSD Pick: Tennessee 29, Kentucky 24

Navy (2-2, 2-0 American) @ East Carolina (1-2, 1-1 American)
12 PM ET, ESPN2
Vegas Line: Navy -2

Navy has been one of the worst teams in football all year, there is no way they should be a road favorite over an ECU team that smacked around USF on the road, 44-24, in their last outing. Give me the Pirates to improve to 2-1 in AAC play.

CSD Pick: East Carolina 32, Navy 21

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – East Carolina +2

Texas State (1-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) @ South Alabama (1-2)
12 PM ET, ESPNU
Vegas Line: South Alabama -3

CSD Pick: South Alabama 28, Texas State 25

South Florida (1-3, 0-2 American) @ Temple (0-1, 0-1 American)
12 PM ET, ESPN+
Vegas Line: Temple -10

CSD Pick: Temple 31, South Florida 20

Liberty (4-0) @ Syracuse (1-3)
12 PM ET, ESPN3
Vegas Line: Liberty -3.5

CSD Pick: Syracuse 30, Liberty 26

Kansas (0-3, 0-2 Big 12) @ West Virginia (2-1, 1-1 Big 12)
12 PM ET, FOX
Vegas Line: West Virginia -22.5

CSD Pick: West Virginia 36, Kansas 11

Army (4-1) @ UTSA (3-2)
1:30 PM ET, CBSSN
Vegas Line: Army -7

CSD Pick: Army 30, UTSA 24

Western Kentucky (1-3, 1-1 C-USA) @ UAB (3-1, 1-0 C-USA)
1:30 PM ET, Stadium
Vegas Line: UAB -12.5

CSD Pick: UAB 31, Western Kentucky 17

Louisville (1-3, 0-3 ACC) @ #4 Notre Dame (3-0, 2-0 ACC)
2:30 PM ET, NBC
Vegas Line: Notre Dame -17

CSD Pick: Notre Dame 39, Louisville 23

Duke (1-4, 1-4 ACC) @ NC State (3-1, 3-1 ACC)
3:30 PM ET, ESPN3
Vegas Line: NC State -4

CSD Pick: NC State 29, Duke 21

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – NC State -4

UCF (2-1, 1-1 American) @ Memphis (1-1, 0-1 American)

3:30 PM ET, ABC
Vegas Line: UCF -3.5

This may be the best game of the day. If you like points, this one is for you, because we’ll have a lot of them. Both of these teams were ranked to start the year and favorites in the AAC, but both dropped early season games and are now faced with the task of getting back on track. For UCF, the loss came to Tulsa, for Memphis, to SMU. I think this one is practically a coin flip, but Memphis is at home, and getting points, in a shootout, always take the points. This will be a well-executed game, both teams had a bye week to prepare, and either team could score into the 40s. This will be a fun one.

CSD Pick: Memphis 39, UCF 38

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – Memphis +3.5

Ole Miss (1-2 SEC) @ Arkansas (1-2 SEC)
3:30 PM ET, SEC Network
Vegas Line: Ole Miss -4

CSD Pick: Ole Miss 34, Arkansas 31

Eastern Kentucky (1-3) @ Troy (2-1)
3:30 PM ET, ESPN3
Vegas Line: Troy -28

CSD Pick: Troy 40, Eastern Kentucky 13

LSU (1-2 SEC) @ #10 Florida (2-1 SEC) – CANCELLED

CANCELLED
Vegas Line: Florida -11

Both of these teams were upset last week. For Florida, a loss will kill their CFP playoff hopes. LSU’s hopes are already dead, but the Tigers are looking for a win to save their season. LSU is not nearly asbad as their 1-2 record indicates, but they aren’t great either, and they’ll be on the road here, against a UF team hungry to prove themselves on the national stage. The LSU defense won’t be able to stop the Kyle Trask to Kyle Allen connection, and the Gators will roll.

CSD Pick: Florida 42, LSU 33

#11 Texas A&M (2-1 SEC) @ Mississippi State (1-2 SEC)
4 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: Texas A&M -6

CSD Pick: Texas A&M 31, Mississippi State 24

Virginia (1-2, 1-2 ACC) @ Wake Forest (1-2, 0-2 ACC)
4 PM ET, ACC Network
Vegas Line: Virginia -1

CSD Pick: Virginia 31, Wake Forest 30

UMass (0-0) @ Georgia Southern (2-1)
4 PM ET, ESPN2
Vegas Line: Georgia Southern -28.5

CSD Pick: Georgia Southern 43, UMass 13

North Texas (1-3, 0-2 C-USA) @ Middle Tennessee (1-4, 1-2 C-USA)
5 PM ET, Stadium
Vegas Line: Middle Tennessee -6.5

CSD Pick: Middle Tennessee 36, North Texas 29

Marshall (3-0, 1-0 C-USA) @ Louisiana Tech (3-1, 2-0 C-USA)
6 PM ET, CBSSN
Vegas Line: Marshall -13

CSD Pick: Marshall 35, Louisiana Tech 21

#5 North Carolina (3-0, 3-0 ACC) @ Florida State (1-3, 0-3 ACC)
7:30 PM ET, ABC
Vegas Line: North Carolina -13

CSD Pick: North Carolina 38, Florida State 27

Southern Mississippi (1-3, 1-1 C-USA) @ UTEP (3-2, 0-1 C-USA)
7:30 PM ET, ESPN2
Vegas Line: Southern Miss -3.5

CSD Pick: Southern Miss 27, UTEP 25

#3 Georgia (3-0 SEC) @ #2 Alabama (3-0 SEC)

8 PM ET, CBS
Vegas Line: Alabama –6.5

The game of the century of the week will emqnate from where else but Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday night as #3 Georgia travels to face #2 Alabama. In my computer’s rankings, this is actually #2 traveling to #1, so an even bigger matchup. This is the best defense in the nation, Georgia, taking on the best offense in the land, Alabama, and it will be a knock-down, drag-em-out type of game.

This game will come down to the QB play. I like Stetson Bennett, he’s good, really good, maybe even better than Jake Fromm was. Bennett will make some throws against a struggling Alabama secondary, but. Bennett is good; he’s not Mac Jones good, Jones has hit 80% of his passes for over 1,100 yards in just three games, and Najee Harris has added ten rushing touchdowns as well. DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddles might be the two best pass-catchers in the entire country.

Georgia’s defense will get a few stops, but it won’t be enough. Alabama’s offense, at home, will power through, and ‘Bama will win round one of this showdown. I won’t be surprised if we a second, or even a third, though.

CSD Pick: Alabama 33, Georgia 27

Boston College (3-1, 2-1 ACC) @ #23 Virginia Tech (2-1, 2-1 ACC)

8 PM ET, ACC Network
Vegas Line: Virginia Tech -11

This is your so-called “flip-to” game during Georgia-Alabama, and it’s a pretty good one. It seems neither of these teams is quite at the level of an ACC title contender, but they are certainly on that next tier, and BC especially intrigues me as they’ve been one of the teams that has overperformed expectations the most for me this year. Tech may still have a few players out to COVID, and even if they didn’t, BC is good enough to pull the upset, but the Hokies are at home and are the more talented team. If they stick with Hendon Hooker at QB here, they’ll roll.

CSD Pick: Virginia Tech 36, Boston College 26

Florida International (0-2, 0-1 C-USA) @ Charlotte (1-2, 1-1 C-USA)
8 PM ET, ESPNU
Vegas Line: Charlotte -6.5

The “bet Charlotte” principle returns again. The 49ers are one of the best teams in Conference USA, and Vegas has not caught on yet. At home, against an FIU team among the worst in the nation, I’ll take Will Healy’s squad to easily cover a touchdown.

CSD Pick: Charlotte 32, Florida International 22

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – Charlotte -6.5

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