Week six of the college football season looks like it will have interesting matchups around the country with the potential for numerous close games. Most of the action in the SEC features teams still jockeying for position to line up a trip to the league championship game in Atlanta with five one-loss teams in the East and three teams without a conference loss in the West.
Kentucky at South Carolina--I don’t think Kentucky has enough firepower on offense to make this game competitive so look for South Carolina to improve to 5-1 at stay at the top of the division in the competition to repeat as SEC East champion.
Mississippi State at UAB--The Bulldogs really need a victory and they will get one on Saturday in Birmingham against the Blazers who have yet to win this season.
Vanderbilt at Alabama--The Commodores have had an extra week to prepare for their trip to Tuscaloosa, but it won’t make any difference as Alabama wins this game with ease.
Georgia at Tennessee--This could be one of the most competitive games of the week in the league and the nation. Georgia has more talent and should win while Tennessee has homefield advantage. If Georgia loses it is going to be tough for Coach Mark Richt.
Florida at LSU--The Gators have a big problem heading to Baton Rouge with an injured starting quarterback while facing an LSU defense that is fast and physical with lots of talent on the line of scrimmage. LSU should win comfortably.
Auburn at Arkansas--The visiting Tigers knew the October schedule was going to be extremely challenging and Saturday night’s game is another example of that being accurate. Tyler Wilson, the SEC’s best quarterback, will test the Auburn defense.
Auburn’s offense, which will likely be playing without two of its leading receivers, will have to find a way to keep up with the Razorbacks and that isn’t going to be easy. Auburn is an underdog again this week and that probably makes sense, but I like this young Auburn team and think they will figure out a way to come home with another victory.
In other games of interest around the country:
Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas--I am picking an upset in this game because I believe the Longhorns are the hungrier football team and they will be doing everything they can to show they are back after having a terrible season last year.
Maryland at Georgia Tech--The Yellow Jackets are hot offensively and shouldn’t have any problem with this game. Tech’s option game should put a lot of points on the scoreboard.
Louisville at North Carolina--The Tar Heels will win at home against a mediocre opponent.
Florida State at Wake Forest--I am going to pick the visiting Seminoles, but this game is likely to be much closer than many would expect and it is an upset possibility.
Boston College at Clemson--The Tigers are unbeaten and Boston College doesn’t have the kind of team to give Clemson its first loss.
Kansas at Oklahoma State--The Cowboys are playing good football and Kansas won’t be much of a test for Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Oklahoma State will stay unbeaten.
Missouri at Kansas State--The Wildcats are off to a 4-0 start and are playing at home where they are tough. Look for another Kansas State victory.
Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech--After suffering a disappointing loss to Clemson, Virginia Tech will bounce back against a 2-2 Miami team in this ACC matchup.
Arizona State at Utah--This could be a real test for the Sun Devils, who are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pac 10. This Utah team is still looking for its first victory in its new league and can be tough to beat in Salt Lake City, but look for an Arizona State road win.
Air Force at Notre Dame--Air Force pulled off a dramatic overtime win at Navy last Saturday, but Notre Dame is playing well and should win again.
Michigan at Northwestern--The Wolverines are playing much better this year and will pick up another win vs. the Wildcats.
Texas A&M at Texas Tech--Can the Aggies bounce back after two heart-breaking, end of game losses? This should be still another close game, but I think they will be able to knock off Texas Tech.
East Carolina at Houston--The Cougars have too much offensive firepower for East Carolina to handle.
Ohio State at Nebraska--The Cornhuskers will get their first Big 10 victory over struggling Ohio State after being overpowered on the road by an impressive Wisconsin team last week.
Wyoming at Utah State--After another end of game loss last week vs. BYU, Utah State will find away to knock off the 3-1 Cowboys.
Editor’s Note: Coach Dye was 4-3 on his SEC picks and 11-8 overall last week to drop his record for the season to 37-8 in SEC games and 76-20 overall.
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