Pat's Picks: Coach Dye Picks the SEC Winners

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye discusses and picks this week's Southeastern Conference football games.

Editor's Note: Coach Pat Dye was 5-1 with his SEC predictions in week six. His only miss was his pick that Alabama would win at South Carolina. For the season he is 75-20 on his SEC predictions and 80-25 overall after going 20-6 on his out-of-conference selections last week.

Starting with week seven's games in the Southeastern Conference:


McNeese State at LSU--LSU will win this game handily even though the players and coaches will spend all week long working on next week's game at Auburn.

South Carolina at Kentucky--This will be a tough game for South Carolina if the home team is ready to play. Kentucky got some kids hurt against Auburn though, but the Wildcats are a solid football team and are particularly good offensively. This would be a lot easier game for the Gamecocks if this was at Williams-Brice Stadium, but I look for South Carolina to win.

Ole Miss at Alabama--Alabama will be trying in every way possible to rebound. I think it will be very difficult for the Rebels to win in Tuscaloosa, but they have an experienced quarterback and from what I have seen of Jeremiah Masoli in the past at Oregon and at Ole Miss he won't be afraid to go in there and try to win it. However, look for Alabama to take this one.

Vanderbilt at Georgia--The Bulldogs will win this one in Athens. There would be a possibility of an upset for the Commodores if this game was being played in Nashville, but I don't see it happening on the road.

Mississippi State at Florida--I think this is an interesting game and it could be a lot closer than many people think. I like the way Mississippi State played last week, but with this one being played in Gainesville I think the Gators will win.

I will say that Mississippi State is good enough to win this one if Florida doesn't play well and there is a question about the health of Florida's quarterback (John Brantley). He looked like he was playing hurt against LSU.

Arkansas at Auburn--There aren't a lot of good games around the country this week, but this should be one to watch. One of the reasons that the TV networks carry so many SEC games is that we have a war going on down here with some real battles every week. This should be one of them. Even some of the SEC games that look like they are going to be bad ones turn out to be more interesting than some of the big games in other parts of the country.

If Arkansas is ever going to catch Auburn mad it ought to be this week after what happened in Fayetteville last year. I think Auburn will win, but it won't be easy.

Auburn senior linebacker Josh Bynes and his teammates will be tested by Arkansas and its high-powered offense.

In other games of interest around the country:

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech--Lubbock is a tough place to play so Texas Tech will probably win this one.

Ohio State at Wisconsin--I think the Buckeyes will win. I don't think there is anybody up there in the Big 10 that can beat Ohio State this year.

Illinois at Michigan State--I was impressed with Illinois when it played against Penn State so this will be a tough game for the home team with Illinois playing good defense. I think it will be a close game and Michigan State will win.

North Carolina State at East Carolina--North Carolina State is having a good season and should win this one on the road.

Oregon State at Washington--Look for the Beavers to win on the road in Seattle.

Nevada at Hawaii--Nevada should stay unbeaten in a matchup of two of the three teams that are unbeaten in the Western Athletic Conference play where Boise State is the team to beat.

BYU at TCU--TCU hasn't lost yet and won't this week.

Boston College at Florida State--The Seminoles are coming on the strong and they ought to kill Boston College.

Texas at Nebraska--Texas had a week off and this should be close, but look for Nebraska to win.

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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 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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