Pat's Picks: Coach Dye Football Predictions

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College Football Hall of Famer Pat Dye writes about this week's SEC games and other college football games around the country.

This is a great time of year to enjoy family, friends, Thanksgiving and rivalry games. This week's college football menu is full of good matchups including the big game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Coach Gus Malzahn's Auburn team can earn a spot in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game with one more win, but must get past a talented Alabama team to make that happen.

There are plenty of rivalry matchups on the menu this week and games that will determine conference champions. Here are this week's picks:

Here are this week's picks:

Texas Tech at Texas--This one sure doesn't have the appeal that the Texas A&M vs. Texas game used to have on Thanksgiving. I am picking the Longhorns.

Ohio State at Michigan--The Wolverines would love to get the big upset, but don't have the type of team to do that.

Minnesota at Michigan State--The Spartans are playing very well and there is no reason to pick the visitors even though Minnesota is having a good season.

Duke at North Carolina--The Blue Devils have been the surprise team in the ACC and I think they will win again vs. an up and down North Carolina team to improve to 10-2.

Washington State at Washington--I am going with the Cougars to win on the road in what should be a good matchup way out west.

Oregon State at Oregon--Both teams have stumbled after strong starts. Oregon State landed on its face and may be down for the count so Oregon should win this one with room to spare.

In the SEC:

Ole Miss at Mississippi State--I think Ole Miss is a better team, especially with Mississippi State's health issues at quarterback. I am going with the Rebels to win a close one, but they better show up with their "A" game.

Arkansas at LSU--The losing streak continues for Coach Bielema's Razorbacks.

FSU at Florida--I don't see how the Gators have any hope in this rivalry game.

Wake Forest at Vanderbilt--The host Commodores shouldn't have to pull out a victory in the last minute like they did vs. Tennessee last week.

Georgia at Georgia Tech--With Aaron Murray injured this one will be closer than it would have been if the record-setting quarterback was playing, but Georgia has the talent to win on Tech's home field and should do it.

Tennessee at Kentucky--Neither bunch is going to a bowl so this wraps up their seasons. Tennessee should have enough firepower to outscore the Wildcats in a matchup of two of the SEC East's two new head coaches.

Clemson at South Carolina--This is should be a very interesting game that could go either way. The Gamecocks are looking to make it five in a row vs. their in-state rival and I expect them to find a way to do that.

Texas A&M at Missouri--I think most fans have figured out that Missouri has a really good football team and the Tigers will need to play that way to make sure they secure their spot in the SEC Championship Game.

Missouri has a good enough defense to slow the high-powered Aggies and more than enough offense to score a lot of points vs. Texas A&M, which I expect to happen on Saturday as Coach Pinkel's Tigers advance to next week's league title game in Atlanta.

Alabama at Auburn--Alabama comes into this game unbeaten and really hasn't had a close call this season other than its early win at Texas A&M. It's a team that does a lot of things well on both defense and offense.

It won't be easy for the Tigers vs. a very talented opponent, but I think Alabama is going to get everything these kids from Auburn have got and I think that will be enough in what should be an emotional, hard-fought game as Auburn continues its winning streak and earns a trip to next week's SEC Championship Game.

(Overall Record: 117-30)


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