Pat's Picks: Coach Dye's Football Predictions

College Football Hall of Famer Pat Dye picks the winners of this week's SEC contests and other football games around the country.

Looking at this week's Southeastern Conference football schedule there isn't much to get excited about although the intra-state game with Vandy trying to become bowl eligible on UT's home turf could be interesting.

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Kentucky at Georgia--The Bulldogs are getting better and Kentucky's last chance to gain bowl eligibility will be gone by mid-afternoon in Athens. Georgia will win with ease and secure its spot in the SEC Championship Game.

The Citadel at South Carolina--The Citadel lost to Samford last week so even a team struggling on offense like the Gamecocks should win without much trouble.

Furman at Florida--Traditionally a strong team in the Southern Conference, Furman is 6-4 and could hang with the Gators for a while, but the visitors won't have the talent to make this competitive for four quarters.

Georgia Southern at Alabama--The Golden Eagles are 9-1, but the step up in competition level will not go well and Alabama should win by a large margin.

Mississippi State at Arkansas (at Little Rock)--The Razorbacks have not been a model of consistency, but have been tough to beat at home and that will be the case in their home away from home--War Memorial Stadium.

LSU at Ole Miss--The Rebels nearly upset LSU last year in Baton Rouge, falling 43-36, but Houston Nutt's team is playing without its starting quarterback and leading rusher so this could get ugly as LSU remains undefeated.

Vanderbilt at Tennessee--The Vols, 0-6 in the SEC and 4-6 overall, aren't normally an underdog vs. the Commodores, especially in Neyland Stadium, but that is the case this season. Look for Vandy to head back to Nashville with its sixth victory and bowl eligibility.

Samford at Auburn--This is an Auburn team that needs to take advantage of every opportunity it has to gain experience and confidence so there are no games this year that aren't important for Coach Gene Chizik's squad. Look for the Tigers to pick up win number seven as they look to get back on the road to improvement.

In other games around the country:

Louisville at Connecticut--UConn is down this year so Louisville should win on the road.

Wisconsin at Illinois--Both teams have slumped after strong starts, but Illinois has struggled a lot more and that trend continues this week.

Nebraska at Michigan--A matchup of Top 25 teams, this should be a competitive game. Look for Big 10 newcomer Nebraska to get a big road win in the Big House.

Indiana at Michigan State--The Spartans should win with room to spare.

Georgia Tech at Duke--Look for the visiting Yellow Jackets to get back in the win column this week in this ACC contest.

Army at Temple--The Owls should pick up win number seven vs. an Army team that has just three victories.

Maryland at Wake Forest--The Demon Deacons will win at home unless they are still down after letting Clemson make a big comeback last week.

Penn State at Ohio State--I am going with the Buckeyes because they have improved plus they have homefield advantage.

SMU at Houston--Both teams can throw the football so there should be a lot of points and another victory for unbeaten Houston.

Clemson at North Carolina State--Clemson has too much offensive firepower for the Wolfpack to deal with on Saturday.

Washington at Oregon State--The Beavers are not having a good year, but should make this close although I expect the Huskies to earn a road victory.

Miami at South Florida--Neither team has been real consistent so I am going with the Bulls to win at home in a close one.

Colorado State at TCU--The Horned Frogs will be too tough for CSU to handle.

Boston College at Notre Dame--The Irish should win at home without too much trouble vs. an opponent with just three wins.

Virginia at Florida State--Look for the Seminoles to pick up another ACC victory at home.

Oklahoma at Baylor--Both teams are ranked with the Sooners at No. 5 and Baylor at 22. This could be an exciting game. The Sooners are trying to stay in the mix for a shot at the BCS title and I think they have enough talent to take care of the Bears.

Kansas State at Texas--Both teams are ranked, but K-State has had a much better season and the Wildcats will take care of business on the road.

Southern Cal at Oregon--The Ducks are playing real well now and nobody from the Pac 10 should be able to handle them.

Boise State at San Diego State--Look for the Broncos to bounce back from a really disappointing loss end of the game home loss to TCU.

Cal at Stanford--Because this is a rivalry game Stanford will get up off the floor and give a big effort despite the disappointment of suffering its first loss last week by Oregon. Stanford is the more talented team and should prevail at home.

Editor's Note: Coach Dye 5-2 on his SEC picks last week and 18-8 overall. His record for the season is 66-14 on this SEC picks and 160-55 overall.

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye participates in the Legends Poll, a Top 25 rating of the best teams in college football as determined by a panel of all-star former head coaches. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.


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