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Predictions for SMU-Tulane, Texas A&M-Mississippi St. and key national matchups

This week, The Dallas Morning News’ panel of nine college football experts — including columnists, writers and editors from The News as well as personalities from The Ticket, FSSW, NBC5 and the Denton Record-Chronicle — makes predictions for 20 different college football games, both straight and against the spread.

Most of this week’s marquee games are national matchups not involving local schools. But even without many high-profile matchups and with the majority of the area’s teams either idle or having their games postponed for COVID-19 reasons, there still are some local games of note. Unbeaten and ranked SMU will travel to New Orleans to take on a pesky Tulane team on Friday. The following day, Texas A&M will travel to Starkville on the heels of its massive win over Florida a week ago to try to keep the positive momentum going against Mike Leach and Mississippi State.

From a national standpoint, all eyes will be on SEC West and SEC East favorites Alabama and Georgia as they square off in Tuscaloosa. The host Crimson Tide are currently five-point favorites over a Bulldog team that boasts the nation’s most dangerous defense.

Other games of note include LSU at Florida, Auburn at South Carolina, Louisville at Notre Dame and BYU at Houston.

Our predictions for those seven games, as well as 13 others, can be found below:

Previous weeks’ picks: Week 6 5/8 Week 5 5/8 Week 4 5/8 Week 3 5/8 Week 2

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