Pat's Picks: Coach Dye Picks Winners, Losers

Coach Pat Dye will try to duplicate his week four picks as he gives his predictions on games inside and outside the conference.

It's a challenging weekend for the SEC football teams in the state of Alabama. Auburn has a chance to upset South Carolina in Columbia and Alabama has a chance of being upset at Florida.

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South Carolina is unbeaten and ranked in the Top 10 and Auburn hasn't played real well yet and is a big underdog this week so it will be interesting to see if the Tigers rise to the occasion and show what they can do. Here is a look at this week's SEC games.

Mississippi State at Georgia--I like Georgia to win this game, but if Georgia plays like it did against South Carolina then Mississippi State will beat them just like last year. Georgia can't afford to make a lot of mistakes.

Kentucky at LSU--The struggle will continue for the Wildcats as LSU stays unbeaten.

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M--I am going to pick Texas A&M in this game played at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Arkansas is wounded on defense and that will be a factor. Both teams are coming off of tough losses and this game should be close, but I like the Aggies because it will be more of a home game for them.

Ole Miss at Fresno State--The Rebels are not playing well and I think they will lose on the road.

Alabama at Florida--The Gators have been playing well defensively and combine that with those two speedy running backs, Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps, and this is a dangerous opponent for Alabama. Florida also has home field advantage, but Alabama is playing really well so I am picking the Tide to win in a close game.

Buffalo at Tennessee--Buffalo is 1-3 with its only win against Stony Brook. This will be a rocky day on Rocky Top for the visitors as Tennessee improves to 3-1.

Auburn at South Carolina--It is easy to see why the Gamecocks are favored in this game. They are at home, undefeated, have plenty of motivation and they have an older, more mature team than Auburn. Plus, they have found a way to win, mostly on defense.

South Carolina is facing an Auburn team that is young and not playing real well right now. Despite all of that I won't be shocked if Auburn steps up, plays well and pulls off the upset, but it makes sense to pick South Carolina because they have No. 21 in the backfield.

In other games around the country:

Georgia Tech at North Carolina State--The Yellow Jackets have their option offense running in high gear and they will stay undefeated for another week.

Ohio State at Michigan State--The Buckeyes played better last week so I am picking them to win on the road in what should be a close game.

Arizona at Southern Cal--The Trojans aren't playing great football, but Arizona is struggling. Look for Southern Cal to win this one.

Clemson at Virginia Tech--This looks like one of the better games of the day as two unbeatens play in Blacksburg. This is the first tough game for Virginia Tech and I think Clemson will take care of business on the road.

Nebraska at Wisconsin--This will be Nebraska's first game in the Big 10 and it couldn't be any tougher against a Top 10 opponent that is getting great play from its new quarterback, Russell Wilson, and has home field advantage. Wisconsin will stay undefeated.

Air Force at Navy--A couple of option offenses will be going at each other. I like Navy simply because of home field advantage.

Baylor at Kansas State--Both teams are 3-0, but I don't think the home team can keep up with Baylor's high-scoring offense.

UAB at Troy--I like the Trojans at home in this one.

Toledo at Temple--Toledo got a raw deal last week with the officiating at Syracuse and has a good team, but Temple is playing really well on defense and should win this game.

North Carolina at East Carolina--I am tempted to pick the Tar Heels, but I am going with East Carolina at home in what should be a close game.

UCLA at Stanford--The Bruins are 2-2 and Stanford is 3-0 and heading toward 4-0 with another win this week.

Notre Dame at Purdue--I am picking a third straight win for Notre Dame after opening with a pair of losses.

Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 7-0 on his SEC picks in week four and 16-1 overall to improve his record to 65-12 for the season. His record on SEC picks is 33-5.

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