Auburn’s road trip to Athens to play the Georgia Bulldogs in the conference’s oldest rivalry headlines week 11 of the SEC football season, which features a big game on the West Coast on Saturday evening. Auburn-Georgia games are normally played with intensity and are fun to watch. This one shouldn’t be any different.
Florida at South Carolina--If there weren’t concerns about quarterback Connor Shaw’s health I would probably pick South Carolina, but I think Florida has enough athletic ability to win in Columbia. This will likely be a close game and I think Florida’s big-play potential will be the difference.
Alabama at Mississippi State--The Bulldogs can salvage some pride and become bowl eligible at the same time with a victory over Alabama. It could be close for a while, but look for Alabama to do enough to earn a road.
Louisiana Tech at Ole Miss--The visitors can score and there is no telling whether or not Ole Miss will be motivated to play this game with Houston Nutt losing his job after his team was whipped by Kentucky. Look for the disappointments to continue in Oxford with Tech getting out of town with its sixth win of the year.
Tennessee at Arkansas--The Razorbacks, who are 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the league, should win this SEC West vs. SEC East matchup at home. It probably won’t be close even though the Vols enjoy a commanding 13-3 lead in the series. I won’t be surprised if the Razorbacks put 50 points on the scoreboard.
Western Kentucky at LSU--These two teams have never met on a football field and it won’t take long for the Hilltoppers to wish this game had not been scheduled as the No. 1 ranked Tigers cruise to another victory.
Kentucky at Vanderbilt--Both are 4-5 with one Southeastern Conference win, but the Commodores have been the better team this season. Look for that to show up on Saturday in Nashville as Vandy earns its fifth victory and stays in the hunt to win what has been an elusive bowl bid for the Commodores.
Auburn at Georgia--Although the numbers show it makes sense to pick Georgia, I?am going with Auburn because I think the Tigers will play their best game of the season. If they do that they can win in Athens. The extra week to rest for this game is a big plus for the Tigers as they head to Athens. Even though Georgia is a heavy favorite, upsets are common in this rivalry.
In other games around the country:
TCU at Boise State--I expect Boise State to keep on rolling at home where they have been tough to beat in a matchup of the top two teams from the Mountain West Conference.
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech--The Cowboys continue to stay unbeaten with a big-play offense to set up a Big 12 showdown with Oklahoma.
Nebraska at Penn State--With all that has gone on at Penn State this week I think Nebraska will win this game.
Wake Forest at Clemson--This is an inportant conference game for Clemson to stay in first place by themselves in the Atlantic Division of the ACC with the Tigers holding just a one-game lead on Wake Forest and Florida State. Look for the home team to improve to 9-1.
Texas A&M at Kansas State--Texas A&M has been hot and cold this year and generally underachieved. Kansas State has overachieved and will find a way to defeat the Aggies.
Texas at Missouri--I am picking the Tigers to win at home in an upset of the Longhorns because Missouri has been difficult to beat in Columbia in recent seasons.
Michigan State at Iowa--This is an important Big 10 game for both teams. I expect the Spartans to head home a winner in a Saturday morning start at Iowa City.
Wisconsin at Minnesota--Wisconsin has slumped, but shouldn’t have any problems against the Gophers.
West Virginia at Cincinnati--The Bearcats are in a position to earn a BCS bowl trip and should take care of business vs. West Virginia.
Michigan at Illinois--Both started out strong, but haven’t played as well lately. I think Michigan will win even though this is a road game for the Wolverines.
Ohio State at Purdue--Improving Ohio State should win its fourth straight game as the Buckeyes face a weak Purdue team.
Navy at SMU--Look for SMU’s passing attack to prevail against Navy’s strong ground game.
Washington at Southern Cal--The Huskies are making progress, but aren’t strong enough to win in Los Angeles vs. the Trojans.
Arizona State at Washington State--The Sun Devils will bounce back from a surprising 29-28 loss to UCLA.
Notre Dame vs. Maryland (at Landover, Md.)--Maryland isn’t very good so Notre Dame should get a second straight victory over an ACC team.
Miami at Florida State--The Seminoles have played better than the Hurricanes and have homefield advantage so I am going with Florida State.
Pittsburgh at Louisville--With just one loss in the Big East, Louisville has a lot of incentive to win this game and probably will against an up and down Pitt team.
North Carolina State at Boston College--I was shocked that North Carolina State shut out North Carolina last week so I am going with the Wolfpack to beat BC, a team that is not having a good season.
Oregon at Stanford--I am going to pick Stanford solely because this game is on Stanford’s home field. These teams are evenly matched and are both outstanding offensively. This should be one of the better games of the season.
Editor’s Note: Coach Dye 5-2 on his SEC picks last week and 8-6 overall. His record for the season is 61-12 on this SEC picks and 142-47 overall.
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