Pat's Picks: Coach Dye's SEC Predictions

College football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye gives his take on this week's SEC matchups as well as games around the country.

Editor's Note:Coach Pat Dye was 5-2 with his SEC picks in week 11 to move his record to 100-27 predicting league games this season. He missed on his picks of Florida over South Carolina and Ole Miss over Tennessee. He was 2-4 in non-conference games and is 129-53 overall for the season.


Taking a look at this week's SEC games:

Arkansas at Mississippi State--This is probably the most interesting game in the SEC this week. Arkansas is predominantly a passing team and Mississippi State is predominantly a running team, but Arkansas has improved its running game lately.

Arkansas may be a little bit better than Mississippi State which is playing at home where they are tougher, but I don't think that is enough. I expect Arkansas to win this game because they have too many weapons for the Bulldogs.

Troy at South Carolina--South Carolina shouldn't have any problem on Senior Day vs. a Troy team struggling on defense.

Appalachian State at Florida--Florida should be able to defeat a Division I-AA opponent even though App State is 9-1.

Tennessee at Vanderbilt--Vanderbilt has won twice and Tennessee has four victories. This should make in five for Vols.

Ole Miss at LSU--Ole Miss has won the last two times it played LSU, but I don't expect that to happen again this year. LSU wins at home.

In other games around the country:

Wisconsin at Michigan--This could be a high-scoring game. Wisconsin is the better all-around team and should be able to win in Ann Arbor.

Purdue at Michigan State--Michigan State wins this one and continues what has been a good season for the Spartans.

Pitt at South Florida--This could be a close one. I will take South Florida with the game being in Tampa.

North Carolina State at North Carolina--After picking the Tar Heels last week, I will go with their opponent this week--N.C. State.

Duke at Georgia Tech--Tech should bounce back from its loss to Miami and win at home.

Clemson at Wake Forest--Clemson had a tough loss last week, but should have enough talent to win on the road vs. Wake Forest.

Stanford at Cal--Stanford is playing well and will win this rivalry game, even on the road.

Ohio State at Iowa--Iowa is solid team trying to bounce back from a loss to Northwestern, but look for Ohio State to win on the road in a close game.

Virginia Tech at Miami--After the rough start, Virginia Tech is improving and should win again.

Missouri at Iowa State--I am going to pick Iowa State in an upset.

Army vs. Notre Dame at New York City--Notre Dame.

Nebraska at Texas A&M--This could be a close one. I am going with the Aggies to win at home.

Florida State at Maryland--Maryland in an upset.

Utah at San Diego State--I will take San Diego State at home.

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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