Vanderbilt at Florida--I am thinking about this as an upset special even though the Gators are solid favorites at home for this game. If they lose that will be five in a row in the loss column for Florida, which would put a damper on the excitement down there in Gainesville. However, with the game being played at Florida I have to pick the Gators.
New Mexico State at Georgia--I don't care how many running backs are out this week for the Bulldogs, New Mexico State is not going to Athens and beat Georgia.
Middle Tennessee at Tennessee–The Vols have their problems at quarterback and other positions, but should be able to able to win at Neyland Stadium against an opponent that is also having problems trying to win games.
Tennessee-Martin at Mississippi State--It might be closer than many suspect, but the Bulldogs should improve their record to 5-4 and position themselves to become bowl eligible later this month.
The teams are a lot alike, but they have some differences, too. Alabama's running backs are more elusive than LSU's backs. Depending on how they use him, I think LSU's backup quarterback, Jordan Jefferson, can give LSU an edge in the running game. He has the talent to make things happen and he beat Alabama last year with a pass.
Whatever happens, this should be a good game to watch, especially for folks who like watching good defensive teams.
South Carolina at Arkansas--In the other SEC matchup featuring Top 10 teams, I am going with the home team because I don't think South Carolina can generate enough offense to win this game.
In other games:
*Texas Tech at Texas--The Red Raiders obviously were still thinking about their win over Oklahoma when they played Iowa State last week while Iowa State was thinking about beating Texas Tech. That is about the only way to explain the rout of the Red Raiders. Even though they will likely be re-focused with the Longhorns on the menu, look for Texas to win at home.
Purdue at Wisconsin--The Badgers are on a downward slide, but haven't dropped far enough to lose to Purdue.
Troy at Navy--It has been a disappointing season for Midshipmen, but they should be able to take care of the Trojans who are struggling.
Houston at UAB--The Cougars are so good on offense they should win this one with ease against a team that is really struggling.
Missouri at Baylor--I might be going against conventional wisdom, but I like Missouri in this one.
Arizona State at UCLA--The Sun Devils continue their strong season with another road win.
Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 5-0 with his SEC picks and 10-4 overall during week nine of the season. His record is 56-10 on SEC games and 129-39 overall.