Welcome to Week 7 of the always unpredictable 2020 college football season.
We know there are big games going on! We just don’t always know who will play them.
By the way, the biggest game of childhood is in us while No. 3 Georgia visited No. 2 Alabama at 8 p.m.
In the meantime, we’ll keep tabs on all of that for you right here with the big plays, the doo-dads move and the mascots.
Top 25 games
All the time in the East; lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook
No. 1 Clemson (-27) on Georgia Tech, noon, ABC / ESPN app
Pittsburgh at No. 13 Miami (-13), noon, ACC Network / ESPN app
No. 15 Auburn (-3) in South Carolina, noon, ESPN / ESPN app
No. 18 Tennessee (-6.5) in Kentucky, noon, SEC Network / ESPN app
Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame (-16.5), 2:30, NBC
No. 11 Texas A&M (-5) in Mississippi State, 4, ESPN / ESPN app
No. 5 North Carolina (-13.5) at Florida State, 7:30, ESPN / ESPN app
No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (-5), 8, CBS
Boston College at No. 23 Virginia Tech (-13), ACC Network / ESPN app
Coastal Carolina 30, No. 21 Louisiana 27
The Ragin ‘Cajuns have had a close call in their past two weeks against Georgia State and Georgia Southern, and they finally caught up with them against Coastal Carolina, which is now 4-0. Louisiana did not play a particularly bad game; this is just one of those games where whoever has the last ball wins, and Coastal has the last one. Even if dreams that the Louisiana era has not lost are gone, there is still plenty of time left to finish it at the top of the conference. – Harry Lyles Jr.
No. 17 SMU 37, Tulane 34
A performance that did not or did not do enough – seven plus 30+ yards – for Sonny Dykes’ Mustangs to remain undefeated. SMU overcame four different deficits, and both teams missed long field goals in the last minute of regulation before Brandon Crossley’s time block set up the winning goal game on the field. Four different recipients caught even a 40-yard pass, and three completed at least 100 yards. This is a heck of a by-committee performance in the absence of injured star receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. – Bill Connelly
No. 14 BYU 43, Houston 26
BYU’s win was three different games in one: BYU trailed an early 14-3 lead, Houston controlled a 23-0 run in the middle quarters, and BYU beat the host 22-0 in the final 15 minutes. The BYU defense completely shut down an explosive offense against Houston in the final four possessions, and even without star receiver Gunner Romney in most of the game, Zach Wilson went 25-for- 35 on 400 yards and 4 TDs. The BYU team is for real. – Bill Connelly
You got Mossd!
South Carolina’s Shi Smith climbed to ride the TD in a free play for Gamecocks.
5-foot-10 and get it!
South Carolina leads vs. 15 Auburn 👀 pic.twitter.com/rl7XQjbpvD
– ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 17, 2020
Notre Dame honored McClure
Notre Dame left an empty spot in the press box to pay tribute to Vaughn McClure, a reporter for the ESPN Atlanta Falcons, who died this week at his home. McClure previously covered Notre Dame football for the Chicago Sun-Times.
A tribute to Vaughn McClure, a spot in Notre Dame’s press box today. pic.twitter.com/7jzeFxPNYr
– Tim O’Malley (timomalleyND) October 17, 2020
The last count
We’re a week away from the return of the Big Ten, so here are some cool Nebraska successors celebrating the “Blackshirts” tradition of the Huskers defense.
The Legend of Blackshirts ☠️
Available in stores 10/26 🎈
Used by the Huskers in ’20 ???
Stay Focused … #TeamAdidas x @AdidasFBallUS pic.twitter.com/nD6rutO4fd
– Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) October 13, 2020
And while we are on the subject, we will all appreciate the ‘stache on the son of Kurt Warner, the wide receiver of Cornhuskers Kade Warner.
This is Kade Warner. He is a football player in Nebraska. And he has the best mustache in America. #Huskers
“I don’t think it looks good. I think it’s just funny.” pic.twitter.com/u49rSfM4nU
– Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) October 15, 2020
Kick it with the tool
Cincinnati made a small TikTok-esque video showing the unis on the road.
First appearance of the road of the season. # Bearcats pic.twitter.com/DtvGDBuioo
– Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) October 14, 2020
Unfortunately, this week’s Bearcats game in Tulsa has been postponed due to COVID-19 cases, so they will have to wait to break them off the field.
Make yourself at home
Georgia Southern will be wearing white road uniforms at home for the first time Saturday when it performs at UMass, playing in the first game of the season, as Minutemen uniforms have not yet arrived from Adidas.
Last minute change for a last minute game … we wear white to help @UMassFootball, whose complete uniform set has not yet entered! #HailSouthern pic.twitter.com/cBYseH9NvH
– Georgia Southern Football (@GSAthletics_FB) October 15, 2020
A tribute to Tom
Last month, Tom III, the beloved mascot of the Memphis Tigers, died, but his presence was felt in the Liberty Bowl again thanks to a new billboard.
New billboard in the Middle outside of the Liberty Bowl. pic.twitter.com/DSFh4v0uyL
– Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) October 16, 2020
Tom III’s last game was a win against rival Cincinnati in late 2019.
Respect the game
Following a 4-0 start to the season, along with a big win over a Louisiana team on Wednesday, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers became a media darling.
Many members of the Twitter media started the hashtag #RankCoastal, and Scott Van Pelt even gave ESPN a shout out to SportsCenter.
National attention was not noticed in the program.
“RANK ‘EM, #RCoCoastal, #RankCoastalCarolina.
– America “
– @GoCCUSports pic.twitter.com/jnazSF6AWQ
– Coastal Carolina Athletics (@GoCCUsports) October 15, 2020
Keeps the drawing alive
Tulane announced earlier this month that fans will not be allowed for Friday night’s game with SMU, but it was small to hinder Paul Layne.
The SMU super fan made it to its 525th consecutive Mustangs game on Friday. He is the only fan attending Yulman Stadium.
The tire is alive !! … Paul Layne with 525 straight SMU games #PonyUpDallas
SMU and Tulane
Total attendance: 1 pic.twitter.com/WiSXxxpvTn
– Thaddeus D. Matula (@thadfilms) October 17, 2020
A rivalry does not end
Oklahoma’s dramatic 53-45 victory in the fourth overtime against Texas may have been a week ago, but the Sooners are still not finished. Just ask Brian Bosworth, Barry Switzer and Roy Williams.
Two OU Defensive Greats where in Norman now! @ GotBoz44 @ roywilliams31 pic.twitter.com/rOGIEVcdqC
– Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) October 16, 2020