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Week 6 results: Rick: 4-9; Coin: 6-7
Cumulative: Rick: 28-41-1; Coin: 26-43-1

Friday, October 16

6:00 pm #17 SMU (-6 1/2, 65) at Tulane - Let's face it, the SMU Mustangs are legit. They knocked off Memphis last week to improve to 4-0 on he season and look to extend their win streak to five. Last year, SMU went 10-3 and defeated the Green Wave in their final regular season game, 37-20. Tulsa was 7-6 in 2019, with a 3-5 record in conference play.

These two teams are 1-2 in scoring in the American Athletic conference, so a high-scoring affair would be the operative scenario. At 2-2, Tulane changed quarterbacks after the first two games, with Michael Pratt replacing Keon Howard. Scoring output nearly doubled in a 66-24 win at Southern Miss. and a 49-31 loss at Houston. At home, Tulsa will go on a ride with the Mustangs, but their defense is flawed.

Coin Flip: SMU

Prediction: Mustangs 49 Green Wave 36

9:30 pm #14 BYU (-5, 63) at Houston - In this all-Cougars match-up, Houston has played just one game, a 49-31 win over Tulane, after having its first three games postponed. Now they get 4-0 BYU, which has had three blowout wins prior to last week's 27-20 win over UTSA.

BYU has one of the more stout defenses in the nation, allowing just 44 points in their four wins, a feature that should come in handy against a Houston offense which has no problems putting up points on most opponents.

This could be BYU's toughest test of the season. They have some real softballs remaining. The schedule was reshuffled by the coronavirus and is uncompetitive compared to last season's, which included the likes of Utah, Tennessee, USC, Washington, Boise State, and Toledo.

Houston's first home game should put a blemish on BYU's easy season.

Coin Flip: Houston

Prediction: Houston Cougars 30 BYU Cougars 24

Saturday, October 17

12:00 pm #1 Clemson (-26, 63 1/2) at Georgia Tech - The Yellow Jackets absolutely stunned Louisville, 46-27 last week after being hammered by UCF and Syracuse in their prior two encounters. In that game, Louisville had built a 21-7 lead before fumbling three times and allowing Tech to rally past them for the win.

Now, assuming that Georgia Tech is still somewhat the same team as the one that was owned by UCF, 49-21, and Clemson the same team that put down a very solid Miami squad, 42-17, last week, the only thing working against the Tigers is the location, and, with few fans in attendance, that may not amount to much.

Coin Flip: Georgia Tech

Prediction: Tigers 52 Yellow Jackets 20

12:00 pm Pittsburgh at #13 Miami (-10 1/2, 49 1/2) - Returning home after being put in their place by Clemson last week, 42-17, the Hurricanes are likely to feel an urgency to get back on the winning track.

Losing to Clemson isn't the end of the world, but Miami was completely outclassed by the Tigers and didn'tplay nearly up to the potential they showed in going 3-0.

As for Pitt, in ACC play, they've won two games, defeating Louisville, 23-20, and Syracuse, 21-10. Their 2-2 ACC mark includes a pair of one-point losses to NC State and BC. This will be a test for both squads.

Coin Flip: Pittsburgh

Prediction: Hurricanes 31 Panthers 24

12:00 pm #15 Auburn (-3 1/2, 51 1/2) at South Carolina - The SEC has had a spate of upsets in recent weeks, and Auburn just avoided one last Saturday, squeaking by Arkansas, 30-28, when they were two TD favorites at home.

The 1-2 Gamecocks seem to be in the same strata as the Tigers, holding their own in losses to Tennessee and Florida before taking out their frustrations at Vanderbilt last week in a 41-7 romp. If anything, these two teams are an even match. Giving South Carolina points at home seems a little over the edge.

Coin Flip: Auburn

Prediction: Gamecocks 26 Tigers 20

12:00 pm Kentucky at #18 Tennessee (-6, 46) - The Volunteers took a dose of reality back from Athens, GA last Saturday after being thoroughly dominated by the Bulldogs, 44-21, though that result was not totally unexpected. Tennessee's wins over South Carolina and Missouri prove little other than they have a team that can play in the SEC, but not at the highest levels.

The Wildcats got their first win of the season in a wild upset, whipping Mississippi State, 24-2, last week. Recall, it was the Bulldogs who upset LSU to open the SEC season. An opening loss at Auburn (29-13) and a narrow home loss to Ole Miss (42-41) puts the Wildcats in the same area code as the Vols. This is a neighbor-state rivalry, so the play should be intense and a close fight to the finish would not be a surprise.

Coin Flip: Tennessee

Prediction: Wildcats 30 Volunteers 21

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