Pat's Picks: Coach Dye On Championship Week

Coach Pat Dye

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye gives his take on this week's college games.

This has been an exciting season for Auburn football and Saturday's showdown with Missouri shouldn't be an exception as the teams meet in Atlanta to determine the SEC champion.

The more I have watched Missouri play this year the more respect I have for the job Coach Gary Pinkel has done with his football team. There is a lot to like about the way his guys play the game and they will offer a major test for Coach Gus Malzahn's Auburn team on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

This is championship game week in several of the major conferences. Here is a look at this week's most interesting matchups around the country:

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State--The Cowboys have been the better team much of the season and will be able to hold off the Oklahoma Sooners.

Texas at Baylor--The Bears should have too much offense for the visiting Longhorns.

Stanford at Arizona State, Pac 12 Championship Game--This looks like a really good matchup. I am going with the Sun Devils to win in front of the home folks.

Duke vs. Florida State, ACC Championship--The Blue Devils are having a terrific season, but FSU is too talented to lose this game.

Michigan State vs. Ohio State, Big Ten Championship–The Spartans have a strong defense, but I don't think that is enough for Michigan State in this matchup.

Missouri vs. Auburn, SEC Championship–There are a lot of reasons Gus Malzahn's team comes into Saturday's game with an 11-1 record and a chance to add another chapter to the story of the biggest turnaround in Auburn football history. One of the major reasons is this team's physical and mental toughness.

In my opinion the job that strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell has done with this team in getting the Tigers ready to play hard for four quarters in an aggressive, up-tempo style of play has been a major factor in Auburn's success. I expect that to be a factor on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

The group of players has been able to go the distance with intensity for four quarters all season. They are going to need to do that vs. Missouri and I think they will.

Combine this team's toughness with a great rushing attack with a difference-maker with Nick Marshall at quarterback and I think that will be enough for Auburn to come home with the SEC Championship Trophy on Saturday night.

(Overall Record: 130-32)


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