Southern Football Predictions

Dean Legge makes his weekly picks for the 23 schools in the South.

1. Georgia – The Bulldogs are the best team in the South, right now because of how bad LSU looked last week. This weekend's game at South Carolina is very scary.

2. LSU – Tigers looked bad – they should have lost their opener.

3. Miami – The last early season match up with Noles went well.

4. Florida State – Can Chris Rix step up for once? Probably not.

5. Florida – Gators ready to play after sitting out a week.

6. Auburn – Tigers should win easy against Mississippi State.

7. Tennessee – Two quarterback system won't work for long.

8. Virginia – ACC game with North Carolina is a laugher.

9. Clemson – Tigers should have lost last week; now they turn their attention to Georgia Tech.

10. Maryland – Not an impressive performance against Northern Illinois.

11. Virginia Tech – After week off, Tech gets ready for Western Michigan. This game should be easy.

12. Alabama – Tide should handle a weak Ole Miss.

13. South Carolina – Gamecocks hope they can pull the upset – it has happened before against highly touted Georgia teams.

14. Arkansas – If the Hogs beat Texas Houston Nutt's pay should be increased.

15. North Carolina State – Everything clicked against Richmond. Ohio State visits next weekend.

16. Wake ForestEast Carolina has lost nine of their last ten – it's an easy week for Wake.

17. Georgia Tech – Game at Clemson is winnable, but Tech won't win it.

18. Mississippi State – Fell good story will be gone after the first week of the season. Auburn's running attack will make State's fans feel bad.

19. Ole Miss – Life after Eli is not so good.

20. Vanderbilt – Vandy might not ever compete in the SEC.

21. Kentucky – Same goes for the Wildcats.

22. North Carolina – UNC won't beat Virginia.

23. Duke – Losing to Navy?

This week's games:

Miami (-1.5) at FSU

Winner straight up – Miami

Winner with points – Miami

Comment – I can't remember FSU's last win over Miami when the game mattered; this year it matters a lot.

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Duke (+14) at UConn

Winner straight up – UConn

Winner with points – UConn

Comment – Duke = horrible

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Western Michigan (+37.5) at Vriginia Tech

Winner straight up – Vriginia Tech Western Michigan

Winner with points – Western Michigan

Comment – Hokies have trouble covering

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Auburn (-12.5) at Mississippi State

Winner straight up – Auburn

Winner with points – Auburn

Comment – Tigers too much for these Dogs

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North Carolina (+21) at Virginia

Winner straight up – Virginia

Winner with points – Virginia

Comment – Carolina's defense can't stop anyone

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Georgia (-8) at South Carolina

Winner straight up – Georgia

Winner with points – South Carolina

Comment – This game will be closer than most think

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Eastern Michigan (+37.5) at Florida

Winner straight up – Florida

Winner with points – Eastern Michigan

Comment – Gators could look a little rusty due to lack of good practice time

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Temple (+27) at Maryland

Winner straight up – Maryland

Winner with points – Maryland

Comment – Terps in their first laugher of the year

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Wake Forest (-14.5) at East Carolina

Winner straight up – Wake Forest

Winner with points – Wake Forest

Comment – Wake Forest should have beaten Clemson

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Georgia Tech (+8) at Clemson

Winner straight up – Clemson

Winner with points – Clemson

Comment – Tigers should play better this week

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Arkansas State (+41) at LSU

Winner straight up – LSU

Winner with points – Arkansas State

Comment – Tigers should have lost last week; this game won't be as close

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Texas (-11) at Arkansas

Winner straight up – Texas

Winner with points – Arkansas

Comment – Hogs keep it close – they actually might win

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Ole Miss (-10.5) at Alabama

Winner straight up – Alabama

Winner with points – Alabama

Comment – Bama moves to 1-0 in West

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LOCK OF THE WEEK -------------------

Auburn (-12.5) at Mississippi State

Winner straight up – Auburn

Winner with points – Auburn

Comment – Tigers too much for these Dogs

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Year – Lock of the week: 0 of 1 or 0%

Year – Straight up: 15 out of 17 or 88%

Year – Points: 6 of 13 or 46%


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