Pat's Picks: Coach Dye's SEC Winners, Losers

College Hall of Fame Coach Pat Dye picks this week's SEC football games and others of interest.

The following are the picks for week four of the 2011 college football season, which features a lot of good games in the Southeastern Conference and other parts of the country.

Ware Jewelers

Georgia at Ole Miss--The Bulldogs will win because they are a much better football team. Georgia has two losses, but they came against strong opponents and Ole Miss is not playing well right now.

Florida at Kentucky--The Wildcats are struggling and Florida is rolling. The Gators will win on the road in Lexington to go to 4-0.

Arkansas at Alabama--I think Arkansas has a good team, a real good team. I think Alabama has a team that has a real chance to be in the hunt for the national championship because that team can smother you on defense. If anybody can really move the ball on that defense this year it could be Arkansas. If Alabama doesn't get pressure on the Razorbacks' quarterback, he can hurt the Tide, but I don't think that will happen and Alabama will win at home.

Vanderbilt at South Carolina--I know Vanderbilt has won three games and I am tickled to death for the Commodores, but I don't think they will be able to tackle Marcus Lattimore or win on the road at South Carolina.

Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State--Louisiana Tech scored a lot of points last week vs. Houston and Mississippi State has lost three of its offensive linemen so this game could be closer than some suspect, but I am picking State to get its second win.

LSU at West Virginia--This will be a good test for LSU, but I like he Tigers to win this game thanks to that strong defense. I think this game will be similar to the test they got vs. Oregon. The Mountaineers may be better on defense than Oregon was and they have a really good quarterback in Geno Smith.

Geno Smith

Don Nehlen, the former head coach at West Virginia, said he believes West Virginia's quarterback is as good as any one in the country this year. LSU is going to be in a hostile environment in Morgantown so this should be a good game.

Florida Atlantic at Auburn--The Tigers are a heavy favorite and should win this one. This is a game they need to take seriously so they can make improvements on both sides of the football to prepare for the challenging schedule in October.

I am not sure if Auburn went backwards last week in the loss at Clemson. I think the Tigers may have played a better team than they faced the first two weeks. The Tigers made mistakes that damaged their chances to win last week and this is an opportunity to work on those issues.

This week's game vs. Florida Atlantic is a chance for players to show the coaches they are ready to help the team. For example, the Tigers need to get more players to emerge as threats at wide receiver. If you just have one major threat in the group opposing defenses can take him away. Travante Stallworth has shown signs of emerging as a second threat to go with Emory Blake and that needs to continue. It will be helpful if more guys step up at receiver and at other positions throughout the lineup.

Travante Stallworth

I have total confidence in Auburn's coaching staff and I have no doubt they know where the problems are and are doing the things necessary to improve their team. This is a good chance for a young team to grow up some and the Tigers need to make the most of it.

In other games around the country:

San Diego State at Michigan–I am picking Michigan because of the quarterback and playing at home.

North Carolina at Georgia Tech--I like Tech because they are really doing a good job of running the football and putting up some big numbers on the ground.

Toledo at Syracuse--Both teams lost last week. This should be a close game. I am going with Syracuse because at home, but it looks like a tossup.

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh--Notre Dame found a way to win last week and will do it again.

Oklahoma State at Texas A&M--I think this will be one of the most interesting games in the country this week. It has the potential to be a great one to watch and could go either way. If it was in Stillwater I would go with the Cowboys, but I am picking the Aggies to win due to home field advantage.

Florida State at Clemson--I think Clemson will win again and stay unbeaten with the home field edge and FSU having a question about its quarterback.

Colorado at Ohio State--Colorado has just one win so I will go with the Buckeyes at home.

Southern Cal at Arizona State--This should be a close one in the Pac 12 and I am going with the Sun Devils to win at home.

Tulsa at Boise State--Boise State will stay unbeaten.

Missouri at Oklahoma--Oklahoma won at FSU last week and shouldn't have a problem doing it again vs. the Tigers.

Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 15-6 in week three including a 7-2 mark on his SEC selections. Overall, he is 49-11 with a record of 26-5 on his SEC picks.

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