Pat's Picks: Coach Dye Predicts the SEC

Although Auburn is off this week, Coach Pat Dye isn't, as he picks this week's SEC football winners.

There are not a lot of exciting matchups on this week's college football schedule and that is certainly the case in the Southeastern Conference. What looks to be the most interesting SEC game is scheduled for Athens where the Bulldogs will play host to the Volunteers.

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Georgia looks like it is getting close to hitting on all cylinders so the Volunteers will have their hands full on Saturday afternoon.

Auburn is off this week, giving the players and coaches a chance to make improvements on both sides of the ball. Florida, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt are off, too. Looking at this week's lighter than normal schedule of SEC games:

Missouri (2-2) at Central Florida (2-1)--Missouri has had two tough early season losses and that has probably taken something out of that football team. Central Florida has some good athletes who should match up well with Missouri's skill players. This is an opportunity for Central Florida to beat an SEC team and I am picking them to do it.

Arkansas (1-3, 0-1) at Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1)--Playing in Aggieland I like Texas A&M. I think we will learn something about both teams on Saturday.

Ole Miss (3-1, 0-0) at Alabama (4-0, 1-0)--Alabama is way better and will win this one.

Towson (2-1) at LSU (4-0)--This is a no contest win for LSU.

South Carolina (4-0, 2-0) at Kentucky (1-3, 0-1)--The Wildcats look like one of the worst teams I have seen so this shouldn't be much of a challenge for South Carolina to win on the road.

Tennessee (3-1, 0-1) at Georgia (4-0, 2-0)--I like Georgia because the Bulldogs are the better team overall and they are playing at home. Georgia is getting some of its defensive players back and that will make the Bulldogs tougher to handle.

In other games around the country:

Baylor (3-0) at West Virginia (3-0)--I like West Virginia. That quarterback and offense is too good for the Bears in a matchup of ranked teams.

Texas (3-0) at Oklahoma State (2-1)--Texas is playing well and I like the Longhorns to stay unbeaten.

Ohio State (4-0) at Michigan State (3-1)--I am not really enthused by the pick, but I am going to go with Michigan State at home in what should be a close game.

Oregon State (2-0) at Arizona (3-1)--The Wildcats had no luck trying to beat Oregon last week during a sure-enough, beat-down on the road. I expect Arizona to lose again this week at home to Oregon State.

Oregon (4-0) at Washington State (2-2)--The unbeaten Ducks are off to a strong start and that won't change this week.

Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 9-1 in his week four SEC picks and 13-2 overall. For the season his record is 35-9 on SEC games and 49-19 overall.

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