Pat's Picks: Coach Dye Picks the SEC

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye gives his opinions on who this week's winners and losers will be in SEC football games.

The team that pulled off the big surprise in college football last Saturday will be trying to defeat another Southeastern Conference opponent as ULM?visits Auburn on a Saturday that features just a pair of matchups of conference teams.

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Like Auburn, most of the SEC teams are playing opponents outside the league in week three of the season. The Tigers' opponent this week, the ULM Warhawks, did not play The Opening week. Last Saturday ULM upset the Arkansas Razorbacks, taking a hard-fought 34-31 overtime victory.

Here is a look at this week's SEC games:

Presbyterian (1-1) at Vanderbilt (0-2)--I thought Vanderbilt had a good chance to win last week at Northwestern, but it didn't happen. This should be a game the Commodores can take with room to spare.

Alabama (2-0, 0-0) at Arkansas (1-1)--With questions about Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson's health after getting battered by ULM's defense, look for Alabama to get out of Fayetteville with a 3-0 record.

Texas A&M (0-1) at SMU (1-1)--I expect the Aggies to get in the victory column after giving Florida a close game last week.

Florida (2-0, 1-0) at Tennessee (2-0, 0-0)--I am going with the Vols because they have the more experienced quarterback in Tyler Bray and homefield advantage.

Mississippi State (2-0) at Troy (1-1)--Look for the Bulldogs to stay unbeaten as they play their first road game of the season against Coach Larry Blakeney's Trojans, who would love to win this one.

Arizona State (2-0) at Missouri (1-1)--Look for a high-scoring game with the visiting Sun Devils coming out on top after Mizzou lost an emotional game last Saturday night vs. Georgia.

Western Kentucky (1-1) at Kentucky (1-1)--I think Kentucky should win this one.

UAB (0-1) at South Carolina (2-0)--The Gamecocks' backup quarterback was impressive last week. He didn't even look like the same kid who played against Vandy in the season opener. This should be an easy win for South Carolina.

Idaho (0-2) at LSU (2-0)--This game won't even strain LSU a week before traveling to Auburn.

Florida Atlantic (1-1) at Georgia (2-0)--The Bulldogs shouldn't have any problems earning their third win.

Texas (2-0) at Ole Miss (2-0)--Texas should have a lot more players and it won't matter that the Longhorns are on the road as they pick up a third victory.

ULM (1-0) at Auburn (0-2)--I think this is a dangerous game for Auburn. If the Tigers play as well as they can play they are going to win, but if they don't this is a game they can lose against a team that really impressed me last week.

One thing about a team like ULM, it is not going to have any spoiled five-star or four-star recruits, or even three-star recruits, unless they transferred there after having problems somewhere else. What they have got is a bunch of kids who were not recruited by LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn and folks like that who are hungry to show what they can do when they get a chance to play against an SEC team.

From what I saw vs. Arkansas, ULM is a well coached team. There is a lot of good coaching going on at every level of college football--not just in the SEC and the other top leagues. Programs like ULM can do a good job evaluating players and then set up great strength and conditioning programs to develop kids who were a little bit under the radar and field a good team.

ULM's little quarterback showed as much guts and play-making ability vs. Arkansas as anybody I have seen this year. Auburn will need to step up and play better on both offense and defense to than it did last week to win and I expect that to happen.

In other games around the country:

Notre Dame (2-0) at Michigan State (2-0)--I am going with the Spartans at home.

Southern Cal (2-0) at Stanford (2-0)--I like the visiting Trojans, who have had some problems with Stanford in recent years in this conference showdown.

Virginia (2-0) at Georgia Tech (1-1)--I am going with the Yellow Jackets in what should be a close game.

Cal (1-1) at Ohio State (2-0)--The Buckeyes should win this one comfortably at home.

Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 7-4 on his week two SEC picks and 9-9 overall bringing his season record to 17-5 for SEC picks and 25-12 overall.

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