Pat's Picks: Dye 's Football Predictions

Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye picks the winners and losers in college football games around the SEC and the nation.

It is a lighter than normal schedule in the Southeastern Conference this week with four teams having off dates. The only game matching two ranked teams is in Baton Rouge where Auburn will try to pull off a big upset against No. 1 ranked LSU, a contest I am looking forward to watching on Saturday.

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Army at Vanderbilt--Vandy looks to be making progress with its new coaching staff and should bounce back from a tough loss last week vs. Georgia to win this game.

Tennessee at Alabama--Alabama has too many players for Tennessee, which is still down talent-wise. I don't think the Vols even have enough players to keep it close.

Jacksonville State at Kentucky--This is going to be an interesting game. I think Kentucky will win, but the Wildcats could lose the way they have been playing.

Arkansas at Ole Miss--The Razorbacks had an open day, will be well rested and should win this one with no problem.

Auburn at LSU--LSU hasn't played a bad game this year and it is time for that to happen. I think this could be the week for that so I am going out on a limb and picking Auburn, even with the visiting Tigers going with a new starter at quarterback.

This will be the biggest upset of the year if it happens, but I?like this Auburn team that is getting better. The Tigers are as fast as anybody in the SEC on defense. I think Auburn will be better this week than it was against Florida, and I think this team will keep on improving.

In other games around the country:

North Carolina at Clemson--Clemson may have taken Maryland lightly last week and probably wasn't at the top of its game vs. the Terps, but still found a way to win. This week, against the Tar Heels, Clemson will play with more emotion and remain unbeaten.

Oklahoma State at Missouri--The Tigers have been tough to beat at home, but I think Oklahoma State's offense is the biggest factor in this matchup so look for the Cowboys to stay unbeaten.

Illinois at Purdue--The Illini got beat last week, but they are still better than Purdue.

Boston College at Virginia Tech--This shouldn't be much of a contest. Virginia Tech wins at home.

Maryland at Florida State--Florida State has probably been as big a disappointment as any team in the country, but at some point in the season the Seminoles should get things turned around. I think they will be able to take care of Maryland this week.

Georgia Tech at Miami--Miami's defense could have a lot of problems stopping Georgia Tech's option offense, but I am going to pick Miami in a close game.

Air Force at Boise State--The Broncos are tough to beat at home so look for Boise State to stay unbeaten.

Oregon at Colorado--It doesn't matter whether this game is played at altitude in the Rockies or at sea level on the Pacific coast, Oregon will win with ease.

Utah at Cal--The Utes earned a nice win at Pitt last week and should be good enough to win this conference road game vs. Cal.

Penn State at Northwestern--Penn State isn't that good, but should be strong enough to win this one although this is a game that could go either way.

Southern Cal at Notre Dame--The Irish have been playing well recently and I think they will keep it going, even against an opponent that normally causes Notre Dame a lot of problems.

Wisconsin at Michigan State--The Spartans have a real edge playing at home, but I like Wisconsin for several reasons. Russell Wilson is playing great football at quarterback and the whole team is very sound. Michigan State is impressive on defense, but the Spartans have not played against an offense like Wisconsin.

With that outstanding offensive line, I think the Badgers can move the ball on any defense in the country, including LSU and Alabama, so look for Wisconsin to pick up a big conference victory on the road.

Washington at Stanford--The Huskies are improving and are getting good play at quarterback, but Stanford has a better quarterback with Andrew Luck running the show and the better all-around team.

Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 5-0 on his SEC picks last week and 12-7 overall. His record for the season is 47-9 in SEC games and 106-30 overall.

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