Pat's Picks: Coach Dye's SEC Predictions

Former Auburn head coach and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Pat Dye gives his predictions on this week's SEC games.

Editor's Note:Coach Pat Dye was 5-0 with his SEC picks in week 12 to improve his record to 105-27 predicting league games this season. The coach missed on a couple of upset picks out of the league as Missouri defeated Iowa State and FSU held off Maryland. He finished 10-4 in non-conference games to make his overall record 139-57 this season.

Taking a look at this week's SEC games:


Taking a look at this week's SEC games:

LSU vs. Arkansas (at War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock)--LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson is playing a lot better than he was early in the season and that gives LSU a good chance to win as does the fact that LSU's secondary matches up with the Arkansas receivers as well as any team in the conference.

LSU should be able to get pressure on Ryan Mallett. Even though Arkansas is running the ball a little better and that should help the Razorbacks, I like LSU to win on the road.

Mississippi State at Ole Miss--I don't care whether this game is played in Oxford or Starkville, I still like Mississippi State to win. The Bulldogs have a better defense than the Rebels and they don't make as many mistakes as Ole Miss does.

Kentucky at Tennessee--I think Kentucky has a great opportunity to win this game because of its offense. Quarterback Mike Hartline and Randall Cobb, who is a great all-around player, are having strong seasons. Kentucky has had a week off and that is a big plus for the Wildcats. Tennessee has won the last 25 games vs. Kentucky, but this should be the year the Wildcats break that streak.

South Carolina at Clemson--I think South Carolina is too physical for Clemson and the Gamecocks have Stephen Garcia, Alshon Jeffrey and Marcus Lattimore who are playing well on offense.

Georgia Tech at Georgia--I like Georgia because of pure ability. I also like the way Georgia's young quarterback is playing compared to the way Georgia Tech's young quarterback is playing.

Wake Forest at Vanderbilt--Vandy hasn't won many games, but I think they can take Wake Forest playing at home.

Florida at Florida State--I am going to pick Florida and that is really just a guess. Both teams have been up and down and that has been the case with Christian Ponder, Florida State's quarterback.

It is an intense intra-state rivalry like Auburn-Alabama and Georgia-Georgia Tech so I think both teams will be ready to play. I am going with the Gators because I believe they have more players and can match up with Florida State's speed.

Auburn at Alabama--I think it will be a close game and Auburn will win late. I think the team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.

Auburn is running the ball well and when the Tigers want to pass it Cameron Newton has been very effective throwing to Darvin Adams, Terrell Zachery, Emory Blake others. The way the Tigers are playing offensively they will be tough for anybody to stop, even for a strong defense like Alabama. Alabama has shown signs of improving on offense, too, so this should be an exciting game.

Auburn having the personality of being able to win close games late is a big factor and I think that neutralizes playing this game on the road.

In other games around the country:

Arizona at Oregon--Arizona has played well at times this year, but not well enough to win this game.

Colorado at Nebraska--Nebraska will bounce back from a tough loss to Texas A&M.

UCLA at Arizona State--Arizona State will win. It's a better team playing at home.

Boise State at Nevada--Boise State should be able to outscore a Nevada team that is good at putting up points with an outstanding quarterback.

Michigan at Ohio State--Ohio State is the better all-around football team.

Michigan State at Penn State--This will probably be a tough road trip for the Spartans, but I?am going with Michigan State to find a way to keep on winning.

South Florida at Miami--This should be a close one with both teams coming off of losses. I am going to take the Bulls to win on the road.

Northwestern at Wisconsin--The Badgers are running the ball well and should win this one.

Virginia at Virginia Tech--Virginia Tech hasn't lost since the second week of the season and that shouldn't change this week.

BYU?at Utah--Utah bounced back with a good win last week vs. San Diego State and should be able to win this rivalry game at home.

North Carolina State at Maryland--Maryland just missed knocking off FSU last week and should make this a close game, but I like North Carolina State to win.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State--Oklahoma State has come on strong and has an outstanding offense and I expect the Cowboys to hold off the Sooners in what should be a good game.

Notre Dame at Southern Cal--Both teams are having down seasons, but Southern Cal looks to be the more talented team and should win this game 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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