College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye picks winners and losers in this week's games around the SEC and around the country.
football game is something I look forward to every season and this year's contest is no exception. There should be a great crowd and a great atmosphere on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium to support and welcome back the Tigers, who are coming off a pair of impressive road wins.
Georgia is just 6-3, but there is not doubt the Bulldogs have a talented team so Auburn will need to play very well this week to keep its winning streak going.
It's a light schedule of games around the SEC with the Tigers vs. the Bulldogs the most interesting one. There are also interesting games outside the league.
Maryland at Virginia Tech--Virginia Tech is making progress and should be able to handle the Terps.
Oklahoma State at Texas--This is one of the big games this year in the Big 12. Oklahoma State seems to be getting better and that should be enough to handle the Longhorns, who also look improved.
Michigan State at Nebraska--I like the way the Spartans play defense so I am going with Michigan State in what is an important game for both teams in the Big 10 race.
Miami at Duke--The Hurricanes have not played real well despite being highly ranked much of the year so I am going to pick a Duke team that is having one of its better seasons.
Utah at Oregon--Oregon should be able to bounce back at home even though the Ducks are playing an opponent that knocked off Stanford.
Texas Tech at Baylor--Baylor is unbeaten and should be able to outscore the Red Raiders in a game that will likely have plenty of yards and points.
Houston at Louisville--This should be a good matchup of teams that are 4-1 in their conference. I am going with Louisville to win at home in a close game.
Stanford at Southern Cal--Southern Cal is playing pretty good football right now, but I?like Stanford's strength at the line of scrimmage. That will be the difference in this road victory.
In SEC games:
Troy at Ole Miss--Ole Miss should score a lot of points and win with room to spare.
Kentucky at Vanderbilt--Vanderbilt is trying to get into bowl contention and should do it this week with a win over the struggling Wildcats.
Alabama at Mississippi State--The Bulldogs have lost two in a row and will have to wait a week to have a chance of picking up their fifth win of the season with Alabama visiting Starkville.
Florida at South Carolina--It's hard to believe the Gators are 4-5, but it won't be hard to believe that South Carolina can handle this Florida team in Columbia, which the Gamecocks will do.
Georgia at Auburn--The Tigers are a hungry football team and they have been ready to play hard every week. Ordinarily, playing Tennessee it would take a lot out of a team physically, but I don't think that happened last Saturday.
I think playing at home and being hungry is a good combination for the Tigers. I realize Georgia has Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs are getting some of their hurt players back, which should make Georgia closer to the type of team it was earlier in the year, but Auburn has gotten better, too. Put all of that together and I?think Auburn wins.
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