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What’s the best play in Auburn vs. South Carolina?

I had another .500 week in Week 6, going 2-2. I nailed two underdog plays (Kansas State and East Carolina both won outright), but was way off in my two other picks — especially my under play in the Notre Dame vs. Florida State game. Yikes. 

At this point in the year, I have a respectable 15-13 record. I’ll take it. 

Compared to last week, Week 7 is looking a little less enticing from a quality standpoint. That’s other than the No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Alabama game, of course. But there are still opportunities on the board at BetMGM — including four weeknight games. Two of those are highlighted below. 

(Note: All times ET, odds from BetMGM)

Coastal Carolina at No. 21 Louisiana

Time: 7:30 p.m. (Wednesday) | TV: ESPN | Line: UL -7.5 | Total: 58.5

I had this game in my picks last week before it was postponed from Saturday to Wednesday due to Hurricane Delta. Last week I liked Coastal Carolina at +7, and I like CCU even more with the hook. 

CCU is averaging 44.3 points per game after trouncing Arkansas State 52-23 in its most recent game. Louisiana opened the season with a road win over Iowa State but has won its last two games by a combined five points against two subpar Sun Belt opponents, failing to cover the spread both times. CCU is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games as a road underdog. Let’s make it 6-1. 

Pick: Coastal Carolina +7.5

No. 14 BYU at Houston

Time: 9:30 p.m. (Friday) | TV: ESPN | Line: BYU -3.5 | Total: 63

BYU is off to a 4-0 start, but last week’s 27-20 win over UTSA was the first time this year it didn’t thoroughly dominate its opponent. Perhaps it was because the Cougars were looking ahead to this game against Houston. Houston, after several false starts due to COVID-19 issues with its opponents, finally opened its season last week with a 49-31 win over Tulane. 

BYU doesn’t have many high-profile matchups this year, so I like Kalani Sitake’s team to come out swinging and refocused on Friday night in a primetime matchup. BYU QB Zach Wilson should be able to have plenty of success through the air, and I think Houston will have a tough time protecting turnover-prone QB Clayton Tune. 

Pick: BYU -3.5

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No. 15 Auburn at South Carolina

Time: Noon | TV: ESPN | Line: Auburn -3.5 | Total: 50.5

The natural inclination here with these two programs is to lean toward the under. But I think this could end up being a fairly high-scoring game. Auburn has been nasty on defense in recent years, but not so far this year. Just last week, the Tigers allowed 437 yards to Arkansas in a game they barely won. South Carolina has been able to move the ball fairly well with transfer Collin Hill at quarterback. On the other

Jolie Brochu of Flint Powers Catholic commits to play college golf at Loyola of Chicago

FLINT – Senior Jolie Brochu of Flint Powers Catholic will be heading to the Windy City to continue her golf career.



a person standing on top of a grass covered field: Medalist Jolie Brochu of Powers Catholic poses with the Chargers' third-place plaque from the 2020 Davison Invitational.


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Medalist Jolie Brochu of Powers Catholic poses with the Chargers’ third-place plaque from the 2020 Davison Invitational.



a person in a green field: Flint Powers Catholic senior Jolie Brochu hits the ball from the fairway on the 16th hole during the Division 3 girls golf regional on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 at Flint Golf Club in Flint.


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Flint Powers Catholic senior Jolie Brochu hits the ball from the fairway on the 16th hole during the Division 3 girls golf regional on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 at Flint Golf Club in Flint.

Brochu told MLive-The Flint Journal Monday that she has verbally committed to play college golf at the University of Loyola Chicago.

Loyola was her first choice and she was sold after visiting the campus Sunday and Monday.

“I really liked the Catholic college,” Brochu said. “That was a big part for me. The campus is just so beautiful, right on Lake Michigan. I really wanted to be in the city. And I loved the coach. I talked to quite a few girls on the team and they were all really nice.



a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Flint Powers Catholic senior Jolie Brochu walks off of the 18th green after sinking a putt during the Division 3 girls golf regional on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 at Flint Golf Club in Flint.


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Flint Powers Catholic senior Jolie Brochu walks off of the 18th green after sinking a putt during the Division 3 girls golf regional on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 at Flint Golf Club in Flint.

“It really has everything I was looking for in a college.”

Brochu said the campus is located about 15 minutes north of the city, not far from Wrigleyville, one of Chicago’s most iconic neighborhoods and home to the Chicago Cubs.



a person that is standing in the grass: Flint Powers Catholic senior Jolie Brochu putts on the 16th hole during the Division 3 girls golf regional on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 at Flint Golf Club in Flint.


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Flint Powers Catholic senior Jolie Brochu putts on the 16th hole during the Division 3 girls golf regional on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 at Flint Golf Club in Flint.

Loyola has a strong biology program and that was another attractive feature since Brochu wants to study medicine after she earns her degree at Loyola.



a man throwing a frisbee at the park: Flint Powers Catholic senior Jolie Brochu tees off on the 17th hole during the Division 3 girls golf regional on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 at Flint Golf Club in Flint.


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Flint Powers Catholic senior Jolie Brochu tees off on the 17th hole during the Division 3 girls golf regional on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 at Flint Golf Club in Flint.

“I want to major in biology just so I can get a broader undergrad,” said Brochu, who carries a 4.25 grade-point average at Powers.

At Loyola, Brochu will obviously have to earn her spot in the lineup but there will certainly be an opportunity as coach Carly Werwie is losing three seniors to graduation in 2021.

At Powers, Brochu has been on the All-State team for three straight years.

She made the Division 3 first team as a freshman and sophomore before making the Super Team last year.

Brochu has been the runner-up in the Division 3 individual tournament the past two years, losing in a playoff to Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Danielle Staskowski in 2018 before finishing second to Birmingham Marian’s Shannon Kennedy last year.

She’ll be one of the favorites to win the Division 3 title Saturday at Michigan State’s