Pat's Picks: Coach Dye's SEC Bowl Predictions

Hall of Fame football coach Pat Dye predicts bowl game winners and loseres.

The Southeastern Conference got its bowl schedule off to a good start with an Ole Miss team that struggled late in the season knocking off Georgia Tech from the ACC on Monday in Nashville. I expect plenty of more bowl wins for the SEC in the coming days.

Here is a look at those matchups:

Mississippi State vs. Rice (Liberty Bowl)--The Bulldogs have Dak Prescott back at quarterback and that should be enough to get them past Rice even though the Owls are 10-2 and Mississippi State is just 6-6.

Texas A&M vs. Duke (Chick-fil-A Bowl)--Johnny Manziel and the Aggies' offense should be way too much for Duke to deal with assuming Texas A&M shows up ready to play. I believe Texas A&M's speed will be on display at the Georgia Dome as the SEC West's fourth place team beats the ACC runnerup.

Manziel could be playing his final college game vs. Duke.

Georgia vs. Nebraska (Gator Bowl)--I like Georgia in this game even though the Bulldogs are playing without injured quarterback Aaron Murray. Everything I have heard about his replacement, Huston Mason, has been good. Georgia's young but talented defense has 12 games worth of experience and that should be enough for the Bulldogs to beat the Cornhuskers for a second straight season.

South Carolina vs. Wisconsin (Capital One)--The Badgers have a strong, physical football team, but my take is that Steve Spurrier will find a way to lead his Gamecocks to a victory. A big plus for South Carolina is the return to good health of running back Mike Davis, who is one of the best players in the SEC.

LSU vs. Iowa (Outback Bowl)--Like Georgia the Tigers are having to go with a young backup quarterback and like Georgia I still think they will be good enough to beat a Big 10 team despite that handicap. LSU's speed and athletic ability will make a difference in Tampa.

Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Sugar Bowl)--I think Oklahoma will take its best shot, but if Alabama is ready to play I don't think it will make a difference because Alabama has a better team. Look for Alabama to bounce back from its loss to Auburn and win in New Orleans.

Missouri vs. Oklahoma State (Cotton Bowl)--The Cowboys should be able to run the ball well enough in this game to knock off the SEC East champs. Oklahoma State is pretty good on defense and has played well overall in the second half of the season so I see the Cowboys winning a close one against a Mizzou team Oklahoma State has played many times over the years.

Vanderbilt vs. Houston (BBVA Compass Bowl)--This should be a tight game and I am going to pick Vandy coach James Franklin to make the right moves for the Commodores to win in Birmingham.

(Overall Record: 133-36)


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