Here are Pat's Picks for week four of the college football season starting with the SEC:
Kentucky at Florida--This is going to be a much closer game than some people may believe. I think Florida will win, but Kentucky is a team that everybody has to get ready to play because they have a good senior quarterback (Mike Hartline) and probably the number one playmaker in the conference in Randall Cobb. Kentucky also has an outstanding running back in Derrick Locke, the SEC's leading rusher.
Also, Kentucky is up towards the top of almost every statistical category in the SEC, both offensively and defensively. I know Kentucky hasn't played a very difficult schedule and that may show up against Florida.
Alabama at Arkansas--Alabama is still the No. 1 team in the country and nobody has yet proven they can beat them. I haven't seen anything to indicate that Arkansas can beat them although Arkansas has a great quarterback and some strong points, but overall I like Alabama in this game.
Georgia at Mississippi State--I am going to pick Mississippi State even though they lost a heartbreaker at home to Auburn and made a ton of mistakes last week at LSU. I am picking Mississippi State because they are playing at home with those cowbells and Georgia has a freshman quarterback. If this game was in Athens there is no question I would pick Georgia.
Fresno State at Ole Miss–Fresno State is 2-0 and it is a big game for them. It is a big game for Ole Miss, but from a national standpoint it is a much bigger game for Fresno State and I think Ole Miss will get Fresno's best shot, but I am going to pick Ole Miss playing at home.
West Virginia at LSU--I think LSU wins quirky, just like they have been doing. I think LSU has too much talent and too much speed for West Virginia. Of course, West Virginia has speed and its quarterback is playing good football and they have got playmakers, but overall LSU is more talented and I think they will win.
South Carolina at Auburn--These are a little bit different teams. Oddly enough under Spurrier, South Carolina is a running football team, but they do have the ability to throw because they have great receivers and a veteran quarterback who has been hot and cold.
Stephen Garcia is South Carolina's starting quarterback.
I still think that Auburn is a long way from playing the best it can play. I think at some point this year the Tigers are going to develop into a good team and I hope to see a lot of improvement from last week to this week. I think as the quarterback improves and the players gain confidence in him and he gains confidence in himself that will make a big difference in the offense.
I think this game will be very close and I am going to pick Auburn because it is in Auburn. I think the crowd made a difference in the Clemson game and I think they will make a big difference again this week."
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Editor's Note: This part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn who was also head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming, Dye participates in the Legends Poll, a Top 25 rating of the best teams in college football as determined by a panel of all-star former head coaches. Dye writes three columns a week--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.
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