Pat's Picks: Coach Dye's Football Predictions

College Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye gives his take on this week's SEC football games and other big contests around the nation.

Editor's Note: Coach Pat Dye was 6-1 with his SEC picks last week to improve his record to 38-5 in those games. His only miss was his prediction that Georgia would win at Colorado. The coach had his worst week outside the league as he was 3-4 after picking Wisconsin to defeat Michigan State, East Carolina to defeat North Carolina, North Carolina State over Virginia Tech and Stanford to knock off Oregon. For the season Coach Dye's overall record is 69-19.


Starting with this week's Southeastern Conference football games:

Tennessee at Georgia--I have been picking Georgia every week and haven't had much success with that. In fact, I have been wrong four times, but I am going to do it again. I think Georgia will win this week.

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M at Dallas, Tex.--This should be a close game. Playing in Dallas this is a pick 'em and I am going to pick Arkansas. There could be a lot of points scored in this one.

Alabama at South Carolina--I expect a physical performance by both sides in Columbia, but I like Alabama. I don't think Marcus Lattimore will gain any more yards against Alabama than he gained against Auburn. I don't believe Stephen (Garcia) is good enough, even though he has great receivers, to beat Alabama throwing the football. In fact, Alabama wants you to throw it.

Eastern Michigan at Vanderbilt--Vanderbilt will get a win this week vs. a team that has yet to win this season.

LSU at Florida--This should be a close game and an interesting one. The teams are similar in that both have great defenses. I believe Florida is a little better at quarterback and LSU is probably a little more physical running the football.

Even though Florida has the home field advantage I am going to pick LSU because of their great returner (Patrick Peterson) and because Florida's field goal kicker has been hurt. Another edge for LSU is that Florida continues to have problems snapping the ball.

Mississippi State at Houston--Houston's star quarterback (Case Keenum) is out for the season with an injury and they are going with a young guy who is a true freshman. This should be a close game, but I am picking the SEC team to get the road win.

Auburn at Kentucky--I think this is going to be a close, hard-fought football game similar to Auburn's games with Mississippi State, Clemson and South Carolina. Kentucky has some good players, but I like this Auburn team that is improving and I think the Tigers will win again.

Cameron Newton is 5-0 as Auburn's starting quarterback this season.

In other games of interest around the country this week:

Michigan State at Michigan--This should be a really good one in the Big Ten. Even though it is at Michigan I am going to pick Michigan State.

Clemson at North Carolina--I am going with North Carolina because Clemson's quarterback (Kyle Parker) hasn't proven he is well yet after getting knocked around pretty good at Auburn.

Florida State at Miami--I like Florida State in this game even though when I picked the Seminoles to win at Oklahoma they embarrassed me.

Utah at Iowa State--This should be a good game. Iowa State is improving, but Utah has had good teams for years now and I like the Utes to get a road win.

Oregon State at Arizona--Arizona is undefeated and will stay that way against what is a pretty good opponent.

Purdue at Northwestern--Northwestern hasn't lost since it played Auburn in the Outback Bowl. Look for the Wildcats to stay unbeaten again this week with a win over Purdue.

Arizona State at Washington--This looks like a close game, but I like the Sun Devils this week. I am going to go with Arizona State to win on the road in Seattle.

San Jose State at Nevada--Nevada is unbeaten and should kill San Jose State.

UNLV at West Virginia--I am not sure West Virginia could handle Nevada, but they should take care of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Illinois at Penn State--This one looks close and I like Penn State at home.

Toledo at Boise State--Boise State has a great chance to finish the season unbeaten and they won't lose this week.

USC at Stanford--I like Stanford over the Trojans in what should be a game worth watching out West.

Connecticut at Rutgers--Connecticut beat Vandy last week and should keep on winning.

Indiana at Ohio State--Ohio State is the team to beat in the Big Ten and should win again.

Oklahoma State at Louisiana-LaFayette--Oklahoma State wins on the road.

Minnesota at Wisconsin--After losing to Michigan State last week look for this physical Wisconsin team to take care of business at home.

Syracuse at South Florida--I like South Florida this year and I like them to beat the visitors from Syracuse.

Boston College at North Carolina State--North Carolina State suffered its first loss last week, but I expect them to bounce back and win this one.

Navy at Wake Forest--I like Navy to outscore Wake Forest in this one.

Colorado at Missouri--Colorado won at home vs. Georgia, but I don't see it happening again this week against a ranked team on the road.

Central Michigan at Virginia Tech--Virginia Tech.

Baylor at Texas Tech--Baylor.

Wyoming at TCU--TCU.

UCLA at California--California.

Virginia at Georgia Tech--Georgia Tech.

Pittsburgh at Notre Dame--Notre Dame.

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to

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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