College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye looks at the week four SEC schedule and picks the winners and losers.
Week four of the college football season features several Southeastern Conference games that look like they have the potential to be close ones, but there are unappealing matchups, too. Outside the SEC there look to be games worth watching from the ACC in the East to the Pac 12 out West.
Off all the teams playing in the SEC this week, Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers look like they have the toughest test with a high scoring LSU squad coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night. Here is a look at this week's SEC games:
Ole Miss (2-1) at Tulane (0-2)--Ole Miss has got good speed on offense so I am going with the Rebels to win on the road in what could be a high-scoring game.
Kentucky (1-2, 0-0) at Florida (3-0, 2-0)--Things are not getting any easier for the Wildcats, who don't have enough firepower to upset the Gators.
Missouri (2-1, 0-1 SEC) at South Carolina (3-0, 1-0 SEC)--This should be a good game, but with the Gamecocks playing at home I am going with South Carolina.
Florida Atlantic (1-2) at Alabama (3-0)--Alabama shouldn't have much problem with this opponent that gave up a huge amount of yardage to Georgia last week.
Rutgers (3-0) at Arkansas (1-2)--Since it looks like Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson will be able to play, I am picking the Razorbacks.
South Alabama (1-2) at Mississippi State (3-0)--This should be an easy win for Mississippi State.
South Carolina State (1-2) at Texas A&M (1-1)--The Aggies should be able to win with ease and play a lot of reserves.
Akron (1-2) at Tennessee (2-1)--The Vols shouldn't have much trouble bouncing back from a loss to the Gators in their SEC debut.
Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1) at Georgia (3-0, 1-0)--Georgia has more players than Vandy and the team is playing well, even though the Bulldogs are giving up points. Look for Georgia to stay unbeaten.
LSU (3-0, 0-0) at Auburn (1-2, 0-1)--I know Coach Chizik is concerned about how the team is playing. I thought I saw some positive signs last week even though the final score was closer than it should have been.
LSU looks like the real deal, but something to consider is that I am not sure LSU has played a good football team yet this season so you don't really know for sure how good LSU is.
We know for sure from the people returning from last year's team that LSU can run the football and can play defense. Their new quarterback has a strong arm and has looked good at home, but this will be his first SEC road game and I expect Auburn will try to get after him.
Although LSU has lost some players for various reasons and Auburn has homefield advantage, LSU is the big favorite for a good reason and should be able to stay undefeated for another week.
In other games around the country:
Arizona (3-0) at Oregon (3-0)--Both are off to strong starts and scoring a lot of points. Both are nationally ranked, but only one is coming out of this game undefeated. Oregon will be that team.
Miami (2-1) at Georgia Tech (2-1)--I like the Yellow Jackets to win this at home with their strong running game.
Clemson (3-0) at Florida State (3-0)--The Seminoles' defense and home field advantage will make a difference so I am going with FSU.
Kansas State (3-0) at Oklahoma (2-0)--I am picking a well-coached Kansas State team to pull off an upset on the road in Norman.
Cal (1-2) at Southern Cal (2-1)--I look for the Trojans to bounce back at home after not being able to deal with a physical Stanford team on the road last week.
Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 9-3 last week on SEC picks and 11-5 overall. For the season he is 26-8 on SEC picks and 36-17 overall.
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