There are five SEC games this week, including one in the West and one in the East that feature head-to-head matchups of teams in the races to earn spots in the league championship game.
Here are this week's SEC matchups:
LSU (6-1, 2-1) at Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC)–This could be one of the more interesting matchups of the season in the SEC with LSU's stingy defense squaring off against a very hot offense led by quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Johnny Manziel set an SEC record for total yardage in one game vs. Louisiana Tech.
I think LSU's athletes will give the Aggies' quarterback some problems with their speed and that will be the difference in the game as Texas A&M suffers its second loss, but this game could be close.
South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) at Florida (6-0, 5-0 SEC)–South Carolina is coming off two straight emotional games vs. Georgia and LSU and now the Gamecocks have another tough matchup against Florida. It wasn't a cakewalk for the Gators in Nashville last week, but I am sure they weren't at the peak of their game either.
Florida is certainly playing better than I expected and with the Gators playing at home this week I am going to pick them, but if quarterback Connor Shaw gets hot for South Carolina this will be a tough one for Florida to put in the win column.
Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) at Tennessee (3-3, 0-3 SEC)–Tennessee is capable of scoring points and the Vols are playing in Knoxville, but they would have to catch Alabama playing awfully flat to have a chance and I don't see that happening.
Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) at Kentucky (1-6, 0-4)–The Wildcats are really struggling so this should be an easy game for Georgia.
Auburn (1-5, 0-4 SEC) at Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-3 SEC)–I am going with the Tigers. Auburn needs to play better than it has in previous games for the full 60 minutes because Vanderbilt is a competitive opponent. I think the Tigers will do it and earn a much-needed SEC win.
In other games around the country:
Iowa State (4-2) at Oklahoma State (3-2)--I am impressed with the way Iowa State played against Kansas State last week, but I am going with the Cowboys to win at home in what should be a close game, one the visitors might pull out.
Kansas State (6-0) at West Virginia (5-1)--I wasn't shocked that West Virginia got upset by Texas Tech. A team that struggles to run the football is vulnerable in a windy game or if the quarterback has an off day. Both happened last week. I expect West Virginia to bounce back and win at home.
Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 6-1 on his week seven SEC picks and 11-3 overall. For the season his record is 50-13 on SEC games and 78-28 overall.