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College Football Picks: UGA vs. ‘Bama and BYU’s tough test

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) hands off to running back Najee Harris (22) during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48.

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) hands off to running back Najee Harris (22) during the second half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48.

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The Southeastern Conference has the game of the week. The American Athletic Conference might have the most interesting set of games.

The marquee event of the college football weekend is No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama in a game that could very well be first of three meetings between the SEC superpowers. A conference title rematch in Atlanta would surprise no one and another meeting in the College Football Playoff would hardly be shocking.

The big uptick in offense in the SEC has made headlines during the first few weeks of the season, and no team is doing it better than Alabama. The Crimson Tide are averaging a gaudy 8.7 yards per play behind quarterback Mac Jones.

Georgia is one of the last remaining SEC teams that sort of looks like an old-school SEC team. Led by linebacker Monty Rice, the Bulldogs’ defense is tops in the nation, allowing 3.7 yards per play.

If Georgia can’t figure out a way to slow down Alabama, there probably isn’t one.

The undercard this week is lacking another matchup of ranked teams, but the AAC has some intrigue, starting Friday night with a nonconference game at Houston.

The Cougars finally opened their season last week. They were sloppy but still ran away from Tulane. Now No. 14 BYU comes to town. Those Cougars, led by quarterback Zach Wilson, rolled through their first three games before facing some four-quarter competition last week for the first time against UTSA.

It’s a good opportunity for both BYU and the American to raise their credibility in a year where the Power Five conferences are mostly playing among themselves.

As for Tulane, it doesn’t get any easier for the Green Wave this week with No. 17 SMU coming to New Orleans on Friday night.

On Saturday, No. 8 Cincinnati goes to Tulsa, where the Golden Hurricane are looking to spring another upset after beating UCF.

Maybe the most entertaining game of the day outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be played at Memphis. The Tigers and UCF have won the last three AAC titles and played some wildly entertaining games over the past few years. But both are coming off losses and another L this early would be tough to overcome in the conference race.

While neither team is ranked this week, it wouldn’t be surprising to see either or both eventually work their way back into the Top 25.

Note: LSU (plus 11 1/2) at No. 10 Florida is not included because the Gators are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak and it’s unclear whether the game will be played.

The picks:

FRIDAY

No. 17 SMU (minus 6) at Tulane

Green Wave have played some odd games this year, blowing big leads and making big comebacks. If nothing

Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from model on 23-6 roll

The No. 21 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are both 3-0 on the season and the new Sun Belt rivals will go head-to-head on Wednesday night as the last two undefeated teams in the league. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but was moved to Wednesday because of Hurricane Delta. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Cajun Field. Both teams began their seasons with upsets of Big 12 schools on the road as Louisiana beat Iowa State 31-14 and Coastal Carolina knocked off Kansas 38-23.

This is just the third meeting between these two programs with the Ragin’ Cajuns winning 48-7 last season and the Chanticleers winning 30-28 in 2018. This time around, the Ragin’ Cajuns are 7.5-point favorites, while the over-under for total points sits at 59 in the Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds from William Hill. Before making any Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 23-6 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana:

  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina spread: ULL -7.5
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina over-under: 59 points
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina money line: ULL -280, CCU +240
  • ULL: The Ragin’ Cajuns have covered in five of their last six October games.
  • CCU: The Chanticleers have covered in six of their last seven on the road.

Why Louisiana can cover

Louisiana rode a dominant special teams performance to a season-opening win over Iowa State, who is now back up to No. 20 in the AP Top 25 after reeling off three consecutive wins following the loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns. Chris Smith had a 95-yard kickoff return for Louisiana in that win while Eric Garror added an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown later in the game.

And after gaining only 272 yards in that win over the Cyclones, the Ragin’ Cajuns offense has come to life in the past couple weeks. Louisiana is averaging 478.5 yards of total offense per game in wins over Georgia State and Georgia Southern. Running back Elijah Mitchell had 16 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns when he last played against Georgia State on Sept. 19 and he’s expected to be back in the lineup after missing the Georgia Southern game with COVID-19.

Why Coastal Carolina can cover

The Chanticleers have enjoyed playing the underdog role this season, winning as six-point underdogs against Kansas

College football picks, odds for ACC in Week 7: How Mack Brown is handling rare pressure for North Carolina

For the first time since 1997, North Carolina is set to play a regular season game as a top-five team in the AP poll. The opponent then? Florida State. The coach? Mack Brown. 

The storylines are swirling as the Tar Heels and Seminoles get set to play in Saturday night’s ACC spotlight. The national hype of the game, which is also Mack Brown’s first meeting against his alma mater since that 1997 game, has been downgraded as a result of Florida State being far from the powerhouse it once was. But the level of excitement around Chapel Hill for this return to the top of the polls is significant — even if it’s not (yet) shared by Brown.

“Does [the No. 5 ranking] mean anything? No, not really,” Brown said Monday. “I’ve always told the players that until the College Football Playoff polls come out, probably be in November this year, that’s the first time I even look at the polls. Because that’s when everybody has a resume, we know who’s good and who’s not. We’ve got a few teams right now that everybody thinks are ‘great’ and then the rest of us are a lot alike.” 

Brown knows that North Carolina has a chance to be really good, but it’s not there yet, even admitting that the Tar Heels are a little “ahead of schedule” with this current level of success. The 2020 team is still inexperienced defensively, and against Virginia Tech needed the high-powered offense to have its best game of the season to close out the win and remain undefeated. 

While Brown is coaching up the current roster to make sure no one gets complacent with early season adoration, he’s also trying to accomplish bigger picture goals for the program. Establishing consistency over time is what Brown hopes to do for North Carolina here in his second stint with the school because he knows this No. 5 ranking can be a flash in the pan if it’s followed by a loss. There’s a perception that being ranked highly is an anomaly for the program, and in 2020, the Tar Heels aren’t to a point yet where they fit in with the rest of the neighborhood. 

“Right now when people put up the top five and they see the other four they say ‘yeah I got it’ and then they see North Carolina and they say ‘what are they doing in there, where’d that come from? Come on man, they’re not that good,'” Brown said. “We want it to be where they put us in there, we’ve earned that right. 

“And if we don’t play well we’ll be out fast. Other people drop a little bit if they don’t play well. That will not be our case, because I don’t think we’ve earned the right over time. Maybe we are, in the first three weeks, one of the top five teams in the country, but we haven’t been over time … We don’t have any lock on No.

College Football Picks: UGA vs. ‘Bama and BYU’s tough test

The Southeastern Conference has the game of the week. The American Athletic Conference might have the most interesting set of games.

The marquee event of the college football weekend is No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama in a game that could very well be first of three meetings between the SEC superpowers. A conference title rematch in Atlanta would surprise no one and another meeting in the College Football Playoff would hardly be shocking.

The big uptick in offense in the SEC has made headlines during the first few weeks of the season, and no team is doing it better than Alabama. The Crimson Tide are averaging a gaudy 8.7 yards per play behind quarterback Mac Jones.

Georgia is one of the last remaining SEC teams that sort of looks like an old-school SEC team. Led by linebacker Monty Rice, the Bulldogs’ defense is tops in the nation, allowing 3.7 yards per play.

If Georgia can’t figure out a way to slow down Alabama, there probably isn’t one.

The undercard this week is lacking another matchup of ranked teams, but the AAC has some intrigue, starting Friday night with a nonconference game at Houston.

The Cougars finally opened their season last week. They were sloppy but still ran away from Tulane. Now No. 14 BYU comes to town. Those Cougars, led by quarterback Zach Wilson, rolled through their first three games before facing some four-quarter competition last week for the first time against UTSA.

It’s a good opportunity for both BYU and the American to raise their credibility in a year where the Power Five conferences are mostly playing among themselves.

As for Tulane, it doesn’t get any easier for the Green Wave this week with No. 17 SMU coming to New Orleans on Friday night.

On Saturday, No. 8 Cincinnati goes to Tulsa, where the Golden Hurricane are looking to spring another upset after beating UCF.

Maybe the most entertaining game of the day outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be played at Memphis. The Tigers and UCF have won the last three AAC titles and played some wildly entertaining games over the past few years. But both are coming off losses and another L this early would be tough to overcome in the conference race.

While neither team is ranked this week, it wouldn’t be surprising to see either or both eventually work their way back into the Top 25.

Note: LSU (plus 11 1/2) at No. 10 Florida is not included because the Gators are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak and it’s unclear whether the game will be played.

The picks:

FRIDAY

No. 17 SMU (minus 6) at Tulane

Green Wave have played some odd games this year, blowing big leads and making big comebacks. If nothing else, it should be entertaining … SMU 31-28.

No. 14 BYU (minus 5) at Houston

BYU is looking for its first 5-0 start since 2008, when it was still playing in the Mountain West … BYU 35-31.

SATURDAY

No. 1

Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from model on 23-6 run

As Hurricane Delta blazed a path through the Gulf of Mexico last week, the Sun Belt elected to postpone Saturday’s game between the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The game will now be played on Wednesday night at Cajun Field with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Both teams are undefeated and Louisiana is ranked No. 21 in the AP Top 25 entering this week after beginning its season with a dominant win at Iowa State.

However, the Chanticleers also dominated a Big 12 team with a win over Kansas in their opener and they’re coming off a 52-23 drubbing of Arkansas State on Oct. 3. The Ragin’ Cajuns are favored by 7.5 points at home in the latest Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points is set at 58.5. Before making any Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 23-6 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana:

  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina spread: ULL -7.5
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina over-under: 58.5 points
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina money line: ULL -280, CCU +240
  • ULL: The Ragin’ Cajuns have covered in five of their last six October games.
  • CCU: The Chanticleers have covered in six of their last seven on the road.

Why Louisiana can cover

Louisiana rode a dominant special teams performance to a season-opening win over Iowa State, who is now back up to No. 20 in the AP Top 25 after reeling off three consecutive wins following the loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns. Chris Smith had a 95-yard kickoff return for Louisiana in that win while Eric Garror added an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown later in the game.

And after gaining only 272 yards in that win over the Cyclones, the Ragin’ Cajuns offense has come to life in the past couple weeks. Louisiana is averaging 478.5 yards of total offense per game in wins over Georgia State and Georgia Southern. Running back Elijah Mitchell had 16 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns when he last played against Georgia State on Sept. 19 and he’s expected to be back in the lineup after missing the Georgia Southern game with COVID-19.

Why Coastal Carolina can cover

The Chanticleers have been building their program gradually under Jamey Chadwell and they made a statement by going to Kansas and

How Mack Brown handles rare pressure for No. 5 North Carolina, ACC college football picks for Week 7

For the first time since 1997, North Carolina is set to play a regular season game as a top-five team in the AP poll. The opponent then? Florida State. The coach? Mack Brown. 

The storylines are swirling as the Tar Heels and Seminoles get set to play in Saturday night’s ACC spotlight. The national hype of the game, which is also Mack Brown’s first meeting against his alma mater since that 1997 game, has been downgraded as a result of Florida State being far from the powerhouse it once was. But the level of excitement around Chapel Hill for this return to the top of the polls is significant — even if it’s not (yet) shared by Brown.

“Does [the No. 5 ranking] mean anything? No, not really,” Brown said Monday. “I’ve always told the players that until the College Football Playoff polls come out, probably be in November this year, that’s the first time I even look at the polls. Because that’s when everybody has a resume, we know who’s good and who’s not. We’ve got a few teams right now that everybody thinks are ‘great’ and then the rest of us are a lot alike.” 

Brown knows that North Carolina has a chance to be really good, but it’s not there yet, even admitting that the Tar Heels are a little “ahead of schedule” with this current level of success. The 2020 team is still inexperienced defensively, and against Virginia Tech needed the high-powered offense to have its best game of the season to close out the win and remain undefeated. 

While Brown is coaching up the current roster to make sure no one gets complacent with early season adoration, he’s also trying to accomplish bigger picture goals for the program. Establishing consistency over time is what Brown hopes to do for North Carolina here in his second stint with the school because he knows this No. 5 ranking can be a flash in the pan if it’s followed by a loss. There’s a perception that being ranked highly is an anomaly for the program, and in 2020, the Tar Heels aren’t to a point yet where they fit in with the rest of the neighborhood. 

“Right now when people put up the top five and they see the other four they say ‘yeah I got it’ and then they see North Carolina and they say ‘what are they doing in there, where’d that come from? Come on man, they’re not that good,'” Brown said. “We want it to be where they put us in there, we’ve earned that right. 

“And if we don’t play well we’ll be out fast. Other people drop a little bit if they don’t play well. That will not be our case, because I don’t think we’ve earned the right over time. Maybe we are, in the first three weeks, one of the top five teams in the country, but we haven’t been over time … We don’t have any lock on No.

College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 7, 2020: Proven model backing Ole Miss, Boston College

The Week 7 college football schedule gets underway early in the week with Coastal Carolina at Louisiana on Wednesday and also features action on Thursday and Friday leading into a loaded Saturday schedule highlighted by No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Georgia on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. The Week 7 college football odds from William Hill give the Tide a 4.5-point edge at home in that showdown. Alabama is just 1-2 against the spread this season, however, while Georgia has covered in two its three games. 

How should you play the Alabama vs. Georgia spread? And which other teams around the nation should you target in your Week 7 college football bets? Before making any Week 7 college football picks, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 23-6 on top-rated picks through six weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 7 from William Hill and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head to SportsLine to see every pick.

Top Week 7 college football predictions 

One of the top Week 7 college football picks the model is recommending: Ole Miss (-4 at William Hill) covers at Arkansas in a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on Saturday. The Rebels fell to Alabama in Week 6, but piled up a whopping 48 points as they covered the spread (+24).

Lane Kiffin’s squad needs to make adjustments on defense, but the Rebels have one of the nation’s most prolific offenses as they enter Week 7 averaging 41.7 points per game. The model is calling for Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral to throw for well over 200 yards and two touchdowns, while the Ole Miss backs combine for over 200 yards on the ground as Ole Miss covers in 70 percent of simulations. 

Another one of the Week 7 college football predictions from the model: Boston College (+10.5) stays within the spread at Virginia Tech in an 8 p.m. ET matchup on Saturday. The Eagles are 3-1 against the spread this season after upsetting Pittsburgh as 6.5-point underdogs last week. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, has covered just once in three games. The Eagles have also won their last two matchups straight-up against the Hokies.

The simulations show Boston College holding Virginia Tech running back Khalil Herbert under 100 yards on the ground. BC quarterback Phil Jurkovec, meanwhile, throws for around 250 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles cover well over 50 percent of the time. 

How to make Week 7 college football picks 

The model has also made the call on who wins and covers

College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread, odds for key top 25 games in Week 6

The biggest week of the 2020 college football season to date has arrived with four top 25 matchups set for Saturday, including two each between SEC opponents and ACC opponents. Three of the top four teams in the nation will be in those ranked matchups, which means we could see some major rankings shifts by the time the day comes to an end.

No. 3 Georgia hosts No. 14 Tennessee in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week as two of Nick Saban’s former assistants go head-to-head looking for an advantage in the SEC East. In the nightcap, Saban will lead No. 2 Alabama against a third former assistant as Ole Miss and coach Lane Kiffin come to town. The key SEC matchup to open the day, though, is No. 3 Florida travelling to No. 21 Texas A&M with both teams looking for a key win early in the season.

Nearby in the ACC, we have the second-most anticipated regular-season game of its conference-only campaign as No. 1 Clemson hosts No. 7 Miami. It will likely be the Tigers’ toughest test until they face Notre Dame later in the season, while the Hurricanes will be looking to make a statement after dominating their first three opponents to open the season.

There’s plenty of action to be had on this stacked Saturday. Our experts at CBS Sports are here to help you navigate what game to play with expert picks both straight up and against the spread. Let’s take a look at five key games this weekend.

Odds via William Hill Sportsbook | All times Eastern

No. 22 Texas vs. Oklahoma (-2) — noon on FOX:  Both teams are in a corner ready to come out swinging, and I’d bet that’s reflected in a high-scoring game. I think Sooners coach Lincoln Riley sprinkles in some aggressiveness we haven’t seen from his team so far. As improbable as losing back-to-back Big 12 games seemed at the time, dropping three in a row would be almost unheard of for Oklahoma. Pick: Oklahoma (-2) — Ben Kercheval

No. 4 Florida (-6.5) at No. 21 Texas A&M — noon on ESPN: Don’t overcomplicate this matchup. Both defenses still have a lot to prove, and so does Texas A&M’s offense. The Florida offense looks like a juggernaut, though, and for that reason the Gators are the pick to win this one by a touchdown or more.  Pick: Florida (-6.5) — David Cobb

No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia (-12.5) — 3:30 p.m. on CBS: Georgia has crushed Tennessee in recent years, but this Vols team is the best one Jeremy Pruitt has had during his three seasons. Now, that doesn’t mean I think it’s good enough to beat Georgia, but it should hang within this number. Stetson Bennett looked solid last week, but he’s not a game-changer at the QB position. Meanwhile, Georgia’s defense was able to decimate a bad Auburn offensive line. This Tennessee offensive line is much stronger than the one they

Navy vs. Temple odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 6 predictions from proven computer model

An American Athletic battle is on tap Saturday between the Navy Midshipmen and the Temple Owls at Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Owls are 13-3 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The Midshipmen, meanwhile, are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games following a against-the-spread loss.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The Owls are favored by 3.5-points in the latest Navy vs. Temple odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 50.5. Before you make any Temple vs. Navy picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread It is a sizzling 20-3 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Navy vs. Temple. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Temple vs. Navy:

  • Navy vs. Temple spread: Temple -3.5
  • Navy vs. Temple over-under: 50.5 points
  • Navy vs. Temple money line: Temple -170, Navy +150

What you need to know about Navy

Midshipmen quarterback Dalen Morris, who led a 24-point comeback from to beat Tulane 27-24 earlier in the season, missed the Midshipmen’s 40-7 loss last week at rival Air Force with an undisclosed medical condition. Morris is slated to return to the lineup this week.

Navy allowed Air Force 21 of its 40 points in the fourth quarter. The Midshipmen enter Saturday’s matchup averaging just 3.2 yards per carry, a precipitous drop from the Navy’s 6.1 per-carry output last season behind 2,017-yard rusher and quarterback Malcolm Perry.

What you need to know about Temple

This game was pushed back from Sept. 26 after Owls coach Rod Carey asked for more preseason prep time due to coronavirus concerns. Temple beat Maryland, Georgia Tech and Memphis last season and came within two points of a win at Cincinnati en route to an 8-5 record and bowl eligibility for the sixth straight year.

Temple quarterback Anthony Russo returns after completing just 54 percent of his passes at 10.8 yards per completion with a 107.5 passer rating in losses. Both leading receivers, Jadan Blue and big-play threat Branden Mack, also return.

How to make Navy vs. Temple picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, predicting that Russo throws for over 230 yards and two touchdowns. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Navy vs. Temple? And which side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the

Louisville vs. Georgia Tech odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from proven model on 20-3 run

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets aim to snap a two-game losing skid when they host the Louisville Cardinals on Friday evening. Georgia Tech opened the season with a strong win over Florida State, but the Yellow Jackets suffered back-to-back losses before an open date last week. Louisville’s journey has been similar, with a season-opening win over Western Kentucky before losses to Miami (FL) and Pittsburgh in ACC play. 

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. William Hill lists the Cardinals as five-point road favorites in Atlanta, down half a point from the opener, in the latest Louisville vs. Georgia Tech odds. The over-under is set at 65. Before making any Georgia Tech vs. Louisville picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 20-3 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Louisville vs. Georgia Tech. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Georgia Tech vs. Louisville:

  • Louisville vs. Georgia Tech spread: Louisville -5
  • Louisville vs. Georgia Tech over-under: 65 points
  • Louisville vs. Georgia Tech money line: Louisville -200, Georgia Tech +175
  • LOU: The Cardinals are 9-7 against the spread in the last 16 games
  • GT: The Yellow Jackets are 4-11 against the spread in the last 15 games

Why Louisville can cover

Louisville has an explosive offense, including talented players at every critical skill position. Micale Cunningham leads the way at quarterback, with nearly 800 yards passing and seven touchdowns through the air in three games. He is also a talented runner, with more than 1,000 career rushing yards on his ledger, and sophomore running back Javian Hawkins is averaging more than 100 yards and a touchdown per game this season. 

At wide receiver, junior Tutu Atwell is a budding star, with 229 yards and three touchdowns through three games. As a sophomore in 2019, Atwell generated 1,276 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, and he is a difficult cover for any opposing team. Defensively, Louisville may have its hands full with a Georgia Tech team that can move the ball, but the Yellow Jackets have been mistake-prone this season. Largely due to 12 turnovers in three games, Georgia Tech is averaging only 19 points per contest, giving confidence to a scrappy Louisville defense. 

Why Georgia Tech can cover

Defensively, Georgia Tech played quite well in the opener against Florida State before struggling in back-to-back games. The Yellow Jackets have a difficult task against a talented Louisville offense, but the Cardinals have allowed 11 sacks in three games, which is one