Pat's Picks: Coach Dye Predicts the SEC

Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye picks the winners and losers of this week's SEC football games plus other contests around the country.

This looks like another good weekend for SEC football fans with more interesting games on the schedule. There are also several matchups outside the league that should generate a lot of attention as teams jockey for position in the BCS standings.

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There are five SEC games this week, including one in the West and one in the East that feature head-to-head matchups of teams in the races to earn spots in the league championship game.

Here are this week's SEC matchups:

LSU (6-1, 2-1) at Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC)–This could be one of the more interesting matchups of the season in the SEC with LSU's stingy defense squaring off against a very hot offense led by quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Johnny Manziel set an SEC record for total yardage in one game vs. Louisiana Tech.

I think LSU's athletes will give the Aggies' quarterback some problems with their speed and that will be the difference in the game as Texas A&M suffers its second loss, but this game could be close.

South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) at Florida (6-0, 5-0 SEC)–South Carolina is coming off two straight emotional games vs. Georgia and LSU and now the Gamecocks have another tough matchup against Florida. It wasn't a cakewalk for the Gators in Nashville last week, but I am sure they weren't at the peak of their game either.

Florida is certainly playing better than I expected and with the Gators playing at home this week I am going to pick them, but if quarterback Connor Shaw gets hot for South Carolina this will be a tough one for Florida to put in the win column.

Middle Tennessee (4-2) at Mississippi State (6-0)–This could be a close game with Middle Tennessee's ability to score, but I think Mississippi State will win again.

Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) at Tennessee (3-3, 0-3 SEC)–Tennessee is capable of scoring points and the Vols are playing in Knoxville, but they would have to catch Alabama playing awfully flat to have a chance and I don't see that happening.

Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) at Kentucky (1-6, 0-4)–The Wildcats are really struggling so this should be an easy game for Georgia.

Auburn (1-5, 0-4 SEC) at Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-3 SEC)–I am going with the Tigers. Auburn needs to play better than it has in previous games for the full 60 minutes because Vanderbilt is a competitive opponent. I think the Tigers will do it and earn a much-needed SEC win.

In other games around the country:

Iowa State (4-2) at Oklahoma State (3-2)--I am impressed with the way Iowa State played against Kansas State last week, but I am going with the Cowboys to win at home in what should be a close game, one the visitors might pull out.

Florida State (6-1) at Miami (4-3)--The Hurricanes haven't really done anything to make me believe they can win this game so I am going with Florida State.

Utah (2-4) at Oregon State (5-0)--The Beavers are playing well and there is no reason not to pick them to win again so I?like Oregon State.

BYU (4-3) at Notre Dame (6-0)--The Irish will stay unbeaten for another week after having a too close for comfort contest last week vs. Stanford.

Kansas State (6-0) at West Virginia (5-1)--I wasn't shocked that West Virginia got upset by Texas Tech. A team that struggles to run the football is vulnerable in a windy game or if the quarterback has an off day. Both happened last week. I expect West Virginia to bounce back and win at home.

Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 6-1 on his week seven SEC picks and 11-3 overall. For the season his record is 50-13 on SEC games and 78-28 overall.

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