Pat's Picks: Coach Dye's Football Predictions

In the first edition of Pat's Picks column, former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye forecasts this week's winners and losers in college football.

Editor's Note: Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye will predict the winners and losers of each week's SEC football games as well as other contests featuring teams from around the nation on Thursdays at On Mondays Coach Dye writes his Dye-Log column and on Wednesdays he writes the Dye-Gest.

Starting with Auburn I believe this year's team is going to be better defensively. How much better we will have to wait and see. The team has got more depth and years of experience and didn't lose many people off of last year's team. Most of them are back. With that experience plus all of the young ones coming along this team has got to be better on defense.

Offensively, you look at the line coming back intact except for the right tackle. I feel confident that between A.J. Greene starting and the others behind him the team will come up with a good right tackle. The wide receivers are going to be the same ones from last year with more depth.

I like that everything on offense is the same except for quarterback and tailback. How good the Tigers are at tailback is going to depend on Mario Fannin and the freshman (Michael Dyer), and McCalebb (Onterio McCalebb) is going to be better if he stays healthy.

Mario Fannin is scheduled to start at tailback for Auburn this season as a senior.

At quarterback you are talking about a lot better athlete with a lot more upside than the team has had in recent years, but he has got to prove himself. I like Auburn's chances this year and in this game on Saturday night.

In other SEC games:

Southern Miss at South Carolina--South Carolina should win this game on Thursday night, but it will be closer than people think.

Miami of Ohio at Florida--Since this is Miami of Ohio and not Miami of Florida, I like a lot.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Georgia--Georgia will win big.

Kentucky at Louisville--Kentucky will win this game, but it will be close.

Jacksonville State at Ole Miss--Jacksonville State has to get a lot better to go to Ole Miss and win.

San Jose State at Alabama--No contest. Alabama.

Tennessee Tech at Arkansas--Arkansas.

Tennessee-Martin at Tennessee–Tennessee.

Memphis at Mississippi State--Mississippi State's Dan Mullen is doing a good job. Mississippi State will win this one.

Northwestern at Vanderbilt--Northwestern will win because the Commodores have to prove they can win.

North Carolina vs. LSU--This game is in Atlanta and I like LSU because North Carolina has a lot of controversy going on up there right now with their football team.

In other games around the country:

Pitt at Utah--This might be a pretty good game on Thursday night. I am going to pick Utah in an upset.

Oregon State at TCU--They are playing at TCU and I?like TCU in this one.

Boise State vs. Virginia Tech at Washington, D.C.--That is a Monday night game and I like Virginia Tech.

Marshall at Ohio State--Ohio State.

Southern Cal at Hawaii--Southern Cal.

Florida A&M at Miami--Miami.

Texas at Rice--Texas.

Utah State at Oklahoma--Oklahoma.

Western Kentucky at Nebraska--Nebraska.

Eastern Illinois at Iowa--Iowa.

Oregon vs. New Mexico--Oregon.

Wisconsin at UNLV--Wisconsin.

South Carolina State at Georgia Tech--Georgia Tech.

Youngstown State at Penn State--Penn State.

Samford at Florida State--FSU.

Coastal Carolina at West Virginia--West Virginia.

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