A pair of Top 10 matchups highlight the week 10 SEC football schedule that includes a pair of teams squaring off in search of their first conference victory of the season.
Meanwhile, the Auburn Tigers are taking a much-needed week off after nine consecutive games as they prepare for next week’s road trip to play the Georgia Bulldogs.
Vanderbilt at Florida--I am thinking about this as an upset special even though the Gators are solid favorites at home for this game. If they lose that will be five in a row in the loss column for Florida, which would put a damper on the excitement down there in Gainesville. However, with the game being played at Florida I have to pick the Gators.
New Mexico State at Georgia--I don’t care how many running backs are out this week for the Bulldogs, New Mexico State is not going to Athens and beat Georgia.
Ole Miss at Kentucky--Both teams are struggling, both teams have yet to win an SEC game. I am going with Ole Miss because I think Kentucky is struggling more than the Rebels.
Middle Tennessee at Tennessee–The Vols have their problems at quarterback and other positions, but should be able to able to win at Neyland Stadium against an opponent that is also having problems trying to win games.
Tennessee-Martin at Mississippi State--It might be closer than many suspect, but the Bulldogs should improve their record to 5-4 and position themselves to become bowl eligible later this month.
LSU at Alabama--LSU has a chance to win this game, but Alabama’s strong defense, improved offense and homefield advantage are enough for me to pick the Tide to win.
The teams are a lot alike, but they have some differences, too. Alabama’s running backs are more elusive than LSU’s backs. Depending on how they use him, I think LSU’s backup quarterback, Jordan Jefferson, can give LSU an edge in the running game. He has the talent to make things happen and he beat Alabama last year with a pass.
Whatever happens, this should be a good game to watch, especially for folks who like watching good defensive teams.
South Carolina at Arkansas--In the other SEC matchup featuring Top 10 teams, I am going with the home team because I don’t think South Carolina can generate enough offense to win this game.
South Carolina’s defense continues to play well, but without Marcus Lattimore the offense probably can’t score enough points to stay with Tyler Wilson and the rest of the Razorbacks.
In other games:
*Louisville at West Virginia--I am going with the Mountaineers at home in a matchup of teams that having been looking at abandoning the Big East Conference.
*Texas Tech at Texas--The Red Raiders obviously were still thinking about their win over Oklahoma when they played Iowa State last week while Iowa State was thinking about beating Texas Tech. That is about the only way to explain the rout of the Red Raiders. Even though they will likely be re-focused with the Longhorns on the menu, look for Texas to win at home.
North Carolina at North Carolina State--The Tar Heels are good enough to win this rivalry game on the road against an opponent that hasn’t done much this year.
Northwestern at Nebraska--The Cornhuskers had a good win over Michigan State last week and this is a less challenging opponent. Look for another Nebraska victory.
Purdue at Wisconsin--The Badgers are on a downward slide, but haven’t dropped far enough to lose to Purdue.
Army at Air Force--It should be a competitive, hard-fought game with two option teams getting after each other. Look for Air Force to prevail.
Troy at Navy--It has been a disappointing season for Midshipmen, but they should be able to take care of the Trojans who are struggling.
Southern Miss at East Carolina--Southern Miss has only lost one game, but East Carolina has played a lot tougher schedule and will win at home in Greenville.
Houston at UAB--The Cougars are so good on offense they should win this one with ease against a team that is really struggling.
Utah at Arizona--I am going with the Utes to win on the road in this Pac 12 contest.
Missouri at Baylor--I might be going against conventional wisdom, but I like Missouri in this one.
Arizona State at UCLA--The Sun Devils continue their strong season with another road win.
Kansas State at Oklahoma State--The Cowboys have a great chance to go through the Big 12 undefeated and won’t let K-State sidetrack their run.
Notre Dame at Wake Forest--The Demon Deacons are tougher to beat at home than on the road, but Notre Dame has too much talent to lose this one.
Editor’s Note: Coach Dye was 5-0 with his SEC picks and 10-4 overall during week nine of the season. His record is 56-10 on SEC games and 129-39 overall.
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