Based on what I know about these teams, Florida has more football players than the Vols and the Gators seem to be adjusting to the coaching change in a positive way.
LSU at Mississippi State--It is going to take a great coaching job to get Mississippi State back to the peak that the Bulldogs played at against Auburn on Saturday. I like LSU in this one even though it is in Starkville. The quick turn-around is going to be tough on Mississippi State. LSU had an easy time of it last week and is too strong for the Bulldogs.
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt--The Commodores have played well against Ole Miss recently and I think Vandy will win this game in Nashville.
North Texas at Alabama--Alabama should win with ease.
Auburn at Clemson--Somewhere along the way Auburn needs to make more big plays on defense. The Tigers had a couple against Mississippi State. The Tigers have only come up with one turnover this year and have had problems getting opposing offenses off the field on third downs. They need to change that as soon as possible and the first road game of the year would be a great place to start that trend.
This will be the first road start for Auburn's quarterback, but I think Barrett Trotter is mature enough to handle that. I think his maturity is one of the reasons he was selected as the starter. It should be a close game, but I am going with Auburn to win again.
In other games around the country:
*Oklahoma at Florida State--I think this is going to be a heck of a football game Saturday night and I am going to pick Oklahoma to win again vs. the Seminoles, but it is one of those games that won't surprise me how it goes. It could be tight all the way, but I think both teams have the kind of firepower to blow out the other one if one team plays really well and the other one makes a lot of mistakes. A big key is how Florida State's quarterback handles the big-game pressure.
*Washington at Nebraska--Nebraska.
*Texas at UCLA--Texas.
*Ohio State at Miami--Miami.
*Utah at BYU--BYU.
*Stanford at Arizona--Stanford.
*West Virginia at Maryland--Maryland.
Editor's Note: Coach Pat Dye was 17-2 overall last week on his predictions and 9-1 on his SEC picks with the miss his pick of the UConn Huskies to beat Vandy. For the season the former Auburn head coach is 19-3 on his SEC predictions and 34-5 overall.