Pat's Picks: Coach Dye Predicts Week 8 Games

Hall of Fame Coach Pat Dye gives his picks on Southeastern Conference and other college football games around the country.

There are good matchups in the SEC and around the country on week eight of the college football schedule. A game with a lot of potential to be a good one involves the Auburn Tigers, who will play for the first time ever at Texas A&M's home field.

In games around the country:

TCU at Oklahoma State--The Cowboys haven't played well lately, but should be able to hold off TCU with the help of homefield advantage.

UCLA at Stanford--I like UCLA's quarterback, but I like Stanford's overall roster better. The home team should be focused after suffering an unexpected loss last week and will give the Bruins their first loss of the season.

Washington at Arizona State--I am picking the Sun Devils to outscore the visiting Huskies in what should be a competitive game in the Pac-12.

Iowa at Ohio State--Playing at home the unbeaten Buckeyes shouldn't have too much trouble vs. a 4-2 Iowa team.

Wisconsin at Illinois--The Badgers are a strong two-loss team and should be good enough to win on the road vs. a solid Big 10 opponent.

Southern Cal at Notre Dame--Neither team is ranked, but this looks like an entertaining rivalry game that the Irish will find a way to win.

Florida State at Clemson--The Tigers have a proven senior quarterback and homefield advantage, which I think will be enough to win this ACC showdown that will be worth watching.

In this week's SEC games:

Georgia at Vanderbilt--Even with all of the injuries the Bulldogs have more players than Vanderbilt so I expect Georgia to get back on a winning track this weekend in Nashville.

South Carolina at Tennessee--I sure didn't expect the Gamecocks to handle Arkansas with so much ease last week, but I do expect Coach Spurrier's team to pick up another road victory at Tennessee.

Florida at Missouri--The Tigers got a tough break when their quarterback was injured in the big win at Georgia. Missouri is the only unbeaten team remaining in the SEC East, but I think that will change this week because of the strength of Florida's defense.

The Tigers continued to play well vs. Georgia after James Franklin was injured so it is not a given the Gators are going to come home a winner, but that is my pick.

Arkansas at Alabama--After opening with three wins the Razorbacks have lost four straight and the trend will continue on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

LSU at Ole Miss--The Rebels have lost three in a row and have a tough assignment this week in a rivalry game. LSU will arrive in Oxford with a lot more firepower than the Rebels have and should stay in the hunt for the SEC West title.

Auburn at Texas A&M--It won't be easy, but I think the Tigers have a shot on Saturday even though they are a major underdog. To have a chance to win Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers will need to take advantage of opportunities when they arise whether they are on offense, defense or the kicking game.

The Aggies have the best offense in the SEC by a wide margin, but they are also at the bottom of the league defensively, something the Tigers must exploit.

Sophomore Johnny Manziel is the SEC's leading passer throwing for 305.8 yards per game and No. 1 in total offense with 337 yards per contest.

The Tigers have a lot of speed on defense and need to figure out how to use that to make big plays. However, the most important assignment for the defenders is to keep Texas A&M's rushing attack under control whether it is those two talented running backs carrying the ball or quarterback Johnny Manziel on a called run play or a scramble.

No defense has come close to containing Texas A&M's quarterback this season and I don't expect the Tigers to be the first, but I do expect the Tigers to battle hard on every play for four quarters. I really like the heart this Auburn team is showing. Although my head says Texas A&M will win at home, I will go with my heart and pick the Tigers.

(Last week's record: 10-3)

(Overall Record: 75-13)


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