Pat's Picks: Coach Dye's Football Forecast

Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye picks the winners and losers of SEC games and others around the country.

The co-leaders in the Southeastern Conference East will try to keep pace playing games away from their home fields in a week that features three SEC West vs. SEC East matchups in addition to Auburn's Auburn's home game vs. Ole Miss.

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Arkansas at Vanderbilt--The Razorbacks should be able to pick up their third SEC victory without too much trouble even though Vandy is at home and comes into this game with a winning record (4-3) and hopes of becoming bowl eligible.

Florida vs. Georgia at Jacksonville--Last year the Gators pulled out a 34-31 victory in overtime. If injured John Brantley returns at quarterback that could spark Florida's offense, but even if he plays well Georgia looks to be the better all-around football team. Look for the Bulldogs to get out of Jacksonville still tied for first place in the SEC East race.

South Carolina at Tennessee--The Gamecocks are on their second starting quarterback and Tennessee is going with its third starter at that position to try to spark a struggling offense. The Vols could make this a close game, but look for South Carolina's defense to be the difference in this one so the Gamecocks should improve to 5-1 in the SEC.

Mississippi State at Kentucky--Both are 3-4 overall and both are winless in the conference. Mississippi State won 24-17 last year. Neither team is playing as well as it did last year, but Mississippi State should have enough success running the football to win on the road Saturday night.

Sophomore defensive end Corey Lemonier leads Auburn and the SEC in quarterback sacks going into his Saturday night home game vs. Ole Miss.

Ole Miss at Auburn--The Rebels gave Arkansas a real battle last week in Oxford and are showing signs of improvement on offense with Randall Mackey at quarterback. Auburn struggled in all phases of the game against a strong LSU team, but there were some good signs, including a solid first start for quarterback Clint Moseley.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has a history of pulling upsets, but with homefield advantage, a desire to bounce back from the loss at LSU and a chance to become bowl eligible, look for Auburn to earn its sixth victory.

In other games around the country:

Michigan State at Nebraska--The Spartans might have enough defense to win this road game matching two ranked teams. This should be close, but look for Michigan State to follow its thrilling win over Wisconsin with another impressive victory.

Missouri at Texas A&M--In a battle of two good offensive teams look for the Aggies to outscore the Tigers in this Big 12 matchup that could be an SEC game next season.

Arizona at Washington--The Wildcats wiped out UCLA last week, but will find the Huskies are a tougher opponent, especially on the road in Seattle. Washington should win with ease.

Oregon State at Utah--The Beavers are 2-2 in the Pac 12 and league newcomer Utah is 0-4 in the conference, but this should be the week the Utes can get into the win column.

Wisconsin at Ohio State--Wisconsin should have enough firepower to take care of business vs. the Buckeyes, although Ohio State could keep this one close for a while and pull off an upset if the Badgers are still sulking over their last second loss to Michigan State.

Andrew Luck leads a high-powered Stanford offense.

Stanford at USC--In a matchup of outstanding quarterbacks look for Andrew Luck and Stanford to stay unbeaten, but this could be a close game with the Trojans improving and Matt Barkley putting up big numbers in the passing game.

Clemson at Georgia Tech--Look for a lot of points to be scored on Saturday night at Grant Field, but unless the visitors have major turnover problems Clemson should head home still undefeated.

Oklahoma at Kansas State--In a battle of Top 10 teams look for Oklahoma to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Texas Tech and give Kansas State its first loss of the season.

Colorado at Arizona State--It's been a rough debut in the Pac 12 for the Buffaloes, who are 0-4 in the league. Tempe isn't the spot where Colorado will get that breakthrough victory.

Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 4-1 with his SEC picks and 13-5 during week eight of the season. His record is 51-10 on SEC games and 119-35 overall.

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