Welcome to week 7 of the ever-unpredictable 2020 college football season.
We know great games are happening! We just don’t always know who will play it.
Speaking of which, the biggest game of the young season is upon us as Georgia # 3 visits Alabama # 2 at 8pm.
In the meantime, we’ll be keeping all of this under control for you right here along with the great comedies, turnover dads and mascots.
The 25 best games
All time Eastern; lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook
Louisville at no. 4 Notre Dame (-16.5), 2:30 am, NBC
No. 11 Texas A&M (-5) at Mississippi State, 4, ESPN / ESPN app
No. 5 North Carolina (-1
No. 3 Georgia at no. 2 Alabama (-5), 8, CBS
Boston College at no. 23 Virginia Tech (-13), 8, ACC Network / ESPN app
South Carolina 30, No. 15 Auburn 22
The Tigers scored a win over Arkansas last week but failed to escape South Carolina with a 30-22 loss. Bo Nix didn’t play like the good version of himself, going 24 for 47 going through 272 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. There was a lot of potential for Auburn this season, and right now that potential isn’t producing the results many expected. It was an overall bad performance for Auburn and a loss to this South Carolina side is one of the lowest. – Harry Lyles Jr.
No. 1 Clemson 73, Georgia Tech 7
Trevor Lawrence threw his first interception in a year (gasp!) But that was the only thing that went wrong for the Tigers in an absolutely dominant performance against Georgia Tech. Lawrence finished with the flashiest numbers in a half he has ever scored: five touchdown passes (the most he has pitched in one half of his career) and 404 yards (the first 400-yard pass game of his career). Lawrence played a drive in the second half before calling it a day for good reason. Clemson scored 52 points in the first half, equaling second place by an ACC team in conference play. – Andrea Adelson
No. 13 Miami 31, Pitt 19
Miami used several major touchdowns to beat Pitt, a week after he easily lost to Clemson’s No.1. There is a lot of good news there, as it has shown that the hurricanes haven’t let themselves be beaten again by their disappointing performance a week ago. But it was an erratic offensive performance outside of those big touchdowns (three of the four went for over 35 yards). Partly this is due to the fact that they didn’t have their main receiving target in tight end Brevin Jordan. But the other part is that the Hurricanes had trouble establishing their running game, and D’Eriq King threw two interceptions. – Andrea Adelson
Kentucky 34, No. 18 Tennessee 7
It seemed the Vols never had much of a chance after Jarrett Guarantano threw two interceptions for touchdown early in the second quarter against the Wildcats, and they didn’t. After being thrown into the second half against Georgia last week, Kentucky continued to focus on Tennessee in the first half of Saturday’s game. Things won’t get any easier as Tennessee welcomes Alabama to Knoxville next week. At this point, the bar for what you would like to see as a Vols fan is improvement. – Harry Lyles Jr.
Coastal Carolina 30, no. 21 Louisiana 27
Ragin ‘Cajuns had close calls in the previous two weeks against Georgia State and Georgia Southern, and eventually caught up with them against Coastal Carolina, who is now 4-0. Louisiana hasn’t played a particularly bad game; this was simply one of those games where whoever had the ball last would win, and Coastal had it last. Though Louisiana’s undefeated seasonal dreams have vanished, there’s still a lot to do to finish on top of the conference. – Harry Lyles Jr.
No. 17 SMU 37, Tulane 34
An all-or-nothing performance produced enough alls – seven over 30-yard gains – for Sonny Dykes’ Mustangs to remain undefeated. The SMU overcame four different deficits and both teams missed long field goals in the last minute of the regulation before Brandon Crossley’s overtime interception established the winning field goal. Four different receivers detected at least a 40-yard pass and three finished with at least 100 yards. It was a commission performance in the absence of injured star receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. – Bill Connelly
No. 14 BYU 43, Houston 26
BYU’s victory was three separate games in one: BYU took the lead 14-3 early, Houston took control with a 23-0 run in the middle quarters, and BYU outlasted home 22-0 in the last 15 minutes. The BYU defense completely disrupted an explosive attack from Houston in his last four possessions, and even without stellar receiver Gunner Romney for much of the game, Zach Wilson went 25 of 35 for 400 yards and 4 TDs. This BYU team is real. – Bill Connelly
You have Moss’d! TWICE!
South Carolina’s Shi Smith goes up to pull the TD in a free game for the Gamecocks.
5 feet 10 and go get it!
South Carolina takes the lead against number 15 Auburn 👀 pic.twitter.com/rl7XQjbpvD
– ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 17, 2020
And early in the fourth quarter, Smith added another incredible capture to his highlights video.
Shi Smith takes a ridiculous hold to advance South Carolina on the field.
Notre Dame honors McClure
Notre Dame left an empty seat in the press room to pay tribute to ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure who died this week at his home. McClure previously covered Notre Dame football for the Chicago Sun-Times.
A tribute to Vaughn McClure, a seat in the Notre Dame press room today. pic.twitter.com/7jzeFxPNYr
– Tim O’Malley (@timomalleyND) October 17, 2020
The final Countdown
We’re a week away from the Big Ten’s return, so here are some great Nebraska alternatives that celebrate the Huskers’ blackshirt tradition of defense.
The legend of the black shirts ☠️
Available in stores 10/26 🎈
Worn by the Huskers in the ’20 ???
– Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) 13 October 2020
And while we’re on the subject, we all appreciate the mustache on Kurt Warner’s son, Cornhuskers wide receiver Kade Warner.
This is Kade Warner. He is a football player from Nebraska. And he has the best mustache in America. #Huskers
“I don’t think he’s okay. I just think he’s funny.” pic.twitter.com/u49rSfM4nU
– Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) October 15, 2020
Kick off the march
Cincinnati made a small TikTok-style video to unveil its unis path.
– Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) October 14, 2020
Unfortunately, this week’s Bearcats game in Tulsa has been postponed due to COVID-19 cases, so they’ll have to wait to get them out on the pitch.
Make yourself at home
Georgia Southern will wear their white street uniforms at home for the first time on Saturday when they play with UMass, who are playing their first game of the season, because the Minutemen’s away kits have not yet arrived from Adidas.
– Georgia Southern Football (@GSAthletics_FB) October 15, 2020
A tribute to Tom
Tom III, the beloved mascot of the Memphis Tigers, died last month, but his presence is once again being felt at the Liberty Bowl thanks to a new billboard.
New billboard on Central outside Liberty Bowl. pic.twitter.com/DSFh4v0uyL
– Marco Giannotto (@mgiannotto) October 16, 2020
Tom III’s last match was a win over rival Cincinnati at the end of 2019.
Respect the game
After a 4-0 start to the season, including a big win over a Louisiana team in the standings on Wednesday, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have become a media darling.
Several media members on Twitter launched the #RankCoastal hashtag, and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt even shouted out to Chants on SportsCenter.
National attention did not go unnoticed by the program.
– Coastal Carolina Athletics (@GoCCUsports) October 15, 2020
Keep the winning streak alive
Tulane announced earlier this month that fans would not be allowed into Friday night’s game with SMU, but did little to discourage Paul Layne.
The SMU super fan arrived at his 525th consecutive Mustang game on Friday. He was the only fan present at Yulman Stadium.
The strip is alive !! … Paul Layne with 525 consecutive SMU games #PonyUpDallas
SMU in Tulane
Total appearances: 1 pic.twitter.com/WiSXxxpvTn
– Thaddeus D. Matula (@thadfilms) October 17, 2020
A rivalry never ends
Oklahoma’s dramatic 53-45 win in the fourth overtime against Texas may have been a week ago, but the Sooners have not yet overcome it. Just ask Brian Bosworth, Barry Switzer and Roy Williams.
– Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) October 16, 2020