College football Week 7: Picks and preview

Posted 18 hours ago | By Jeff Mezydlo

Another week filled with more postponements due to COVID-19, including two games in the SEC. Plus, one of the nation’s top coaches has contracted the virus. This all adds to the intrigue for this weekend’s action.

Here are our previews and predictions (spreads courtesy of BetOnline.ag) of those games for Friday and Saturday featuring teams from The Associated Press Top 25 and other interesting matchups around the country. All times Eastern.

No. 17 SMU (4-0) at Tulane (2-2), Friday, 6 p.m., ESPN

No. 17 SMU (4-0) at Tulane (2-2), Friday, 6 p.m., ESPN
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The Mustangs have had a couple of weeks off after beating then-No. 25 Memphis to stay undefeated. Behind quarterback Shane Buechele (1,326 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, two interceptions, SMU has scored at least 30 points in every 2020 contest. This will be just the second home game for Tulane, which allowed 49 points in an 18-point loss to Houston last weekend.

Prediction: SMU (-6)

No. 14 BYU (4-0) at Houston (1-0), Friday, 9:30 p.m., ESPN

No. 14 BYU (4-0) at Houston (1-0), Friday, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
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BYU is making the most of its condensed schedule and doing it with success on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Zach Wilson is a remarkable 82 of 101 throwing the football, with eight touchdowns and a single interception. Defensively, the Cougars have yielded 44 points on the season. Houston, meanwhile, finally started its season with a 49-31 win over Tulane last weekend. However, Houston is dealing with a number of players potentially out for this contest, although those absences don’t appear to be COVID-19 related.
Prediction: BYU (-5)

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