October 8, 2020 | 3:31pm

Howie Kussoy picks his winner for the matchup between Tulane and Houston on Thursday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN). Home team in CAPS.

Tulane Green Wave (+7) over HOUSTON Cougars

The Cougars will attempt to open their season for a sixth time, following a series of COVID-19-related cancellations and postponements. Houston’s initial excitement will be tempered by rust then evaporate against a Green Wave ground game averaging more than 300 yards.