Pat's Picks: Coach Dye's Football Predictions

Former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye takes a look at this week's games in the SEC and around the college football world.

Editor's Note:Pat Dye was a perfect 7-0 on his Southeastern Conference picks last week and finished with an 11-2 overall record. Heading into week five of the college football season the Hall of Fame coach has a 32-4 mark picking SEC games his overall record is 66-15.


Starting with this week's SEC contests:

Florida at Alabama--I think this will be a great football game. Florida seemed to have found itself against Kentucky. It will be interesting to see how the Gators play their quarterbacks. Since they are playing in Tuscaloosa I think Alabama is going to win. Nobody has beaten Alabama in a long time so I see no reason not to continue to pick them.

Kentucky at Ole Miss--This should be a close ball game. I think Ole Miss made a step in the right direction last week against Fresno State. If this game was played in Kentucky, I would pick Kentucky, but since it is in Oxford I am going with the Rebels.

Georgia at Colorado--Georgia is getting A.J. Green back and I can't believe they aren't going to start turning their season around beginning with a win this week. Look for Georgia to get a road win this week.

Georgia's A.J. Green is one of the top players in the SEC.

Tennessee at LSU--I like LSU in this one. Tennessee is a little under-manned and LSU has more talent and more depth than the Vols. LSU is having problems at quarterback, but I still think the home team will make enough plays to beat Tennessee.

Vanderbilt at UConn--This will probably be a close game, but since it is at Connecticut I suspect Connecticut will win it.

Alcorn State at Mississippi State--Mississippi State...big.

ULM at Auburn--Auburn should win, but this is the kind of week that can really get you in trouble as a coach and a football team. Auburn is heavily favored and human nature leads you in the direction of not working as hard, not preparing as much and taking things for granted.

Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn team is off to a 4-0 start.

I would like to see Auburn concentrate on becoming a better football team this week because there are a lot of areas to improve with the discipline and mistakes. This is another chance for the young guys who are playing to get more repetitions and become better because of that.

In games of national significance:

Oklahoma vs. Texas--The game is in Dallas and Oklahoma hasn't done well recently against the Longhorns, who I believe have won four of the last five times vs. the Sooners. However, I am picking Oklahoma in this year's Red River Shootout.

Miami at Clemson--I was thinking about picking Clemson, but I don't know if the Tigers have gotten over their loss to Auburn yet. I am going to go with Miami because I like their quarterback over Clemson's Kyle Parker and I think Miami has played a little tougher schedule.

Penn State at Iowa--It will probably be a close game, but I like Iowa and its strong defense in this one. The game is being played in Iowa City, which is a plus for the Hawkeyes.

Wisconsin at Michigan State--I like Wisconsin in this one. They are just a big ol', strong and solid football team.

East Carolina at North Carolina--Even though they are playing this game in Chapel Hill I am going to pick East Carolina.

Quarterback Russell Wilson has packed a punch for the N.C. State offense.

Virginia Tech at North Carolina State--I like that quarterback, Russell Wilson, who plays at North Carolina State and I think the Wolfpack wins again.

Stanford at Oregon--I think Stanford will win this one, which should be a really good football game. I am picking Stanford because I like their coach (Jim Harbaugh), I like their toughness and I like their quarterback (Andrew Luck).

Editor's Note: This part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for 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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