There is a matchup of Top 10 ranked teams in the Southeastern Conference and good matchups around the country as we are now into the heart of conference play in week seven of the college football season.
Twelve of the SEC’s 14 teams are involved in league contests this week including the Auburn Tigers, who travel to Oxford, Miss., looking for their first league victory. Looking at this week’s games being played by SEC teams:
Florida (5-0, 4-0) at Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2)--Florida has the better team and should win this contest without much trouble despite playing on the road in Nashville.
South Carolina (6-0, 4-0) at LSU ((5-1, 1-1 SEC)--I like South Carolina because of the quarterback and the way the Gamecocks are playing on defense. I would say LSU and South Carolina are pretty close to even defensively, and LSU may be a little better, but LSU has had injuries that could change that.
LSU will be tough to beat at home on Saturday night, but I think quarterback Connor Shaw will make the plays to allow the Gamecocks to stay unbeaten after a second straight week of being in the spotlight in a battle featuring Top 10 ranked teams.
Texas A&M (4-1) vs. Louisiana Tech (5-0) at Shreveport--This one has the potential to be a dang good football game. This is a big opportunity for Louisiana Tech--I would even say monumental. However, I am still going with Texas A&M in what could be a close game.
Tennessee (3-2), 0-2) at Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0)-- This is tough to pick. I’m going to go with Mississippi State because the Bulldogs are playing in Starkville. If they were playing at Knoxville, I’d pick Tennessee. I think it’s that close.
Alabama (5-0, 2-0) (3-3, 0-3) at Missouri--The Tigers of Missouri haven’t won an SEC game yet and this will not be the week it happens.
Kentucky (1-5, 0-3) at Arkansas (2-4, 1-2)--When Tyler Wilson is healthy and running the show, the Arkansas offense is tough to stop. That should be enough for the Razorbacks to defeat the visiting Wildcats.
Auburn (1-4, 0-3) at Ole Miss (3-3, 0-3)--When I look at the fan bases in the SEC, there isn’t a stronger one than what Auburn has. Yes, there are always going to people who question, doubt and are quick to jump off the bandwagon when things don’t go well as is the case with this year’s Auburn team. Those same people will be the first to get back on the bandwagon when things turn around. I don’t worry about them.
What I do worry about is the players and coaches who have put so much effort into being successful this season and have yet to put together a good performance. I can’t believe the Tigers will continue to play as poorly as they have, and I believe it is time for Auburn to come and play a good game from start to finish. Even though Ole Miss looks to be much improved compared to last season, I think Auburn is going to step up and come home with a win on Saturday.
In other games around the country:
Texas (4-1) vs. Oklahoma (3-2) at Dallas--I’m going to pick Texas because I like the quarterback for the Longhorns, but this is a game Oklahoma can win because Texas hasn’t played as well as it needs to perform on defense, but I don’t think Oklahoma runs the ball well enough to take advantage of that in this rivalry game so I am picking Texas.
Stanford (4-1) at Notre Dame (5-0)--I am about to get on Notre Dame’s bandwagon with the defense playing as well as it is. Look for the Irish to stay unbeaten with homefield advantage helping them vs. a good, physical opponent.
Oregon State (4-0) at BYU (4-2)--This could be a challenging road test for Oregon State, but I believe the Beavers will get out of town still unbeaten.
Southern Cal (4-1) at Washington (3-2)--The Huskies aren’t good enough yet to defeat the Trojans so I will take Southern Cal.
Boston College (1-4) at FSU (5-1)--The Seminoles should win with ease at home after suffering their first loss.
Kansas State (5-0) at Iowa State (4-1)--This ought to be a pretty good football game and a challenge for the Wildcats on the road, but I still like Kansas State to win.
West Virginia (5-0) at Texas Tech (4-1)--West Virginia is on a roll averaging 52 points per game and that won’t change this week. Geno Smith is a lot of fun to watch at quarterback and he should have another big game.
Editor’s Note: Coach Dye was 4-2 in his week six SEC picks and 9-4 overall. For the season his record is 44-12 on SEC games and 67-25 overall.
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