Southern Football Predictions

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

1. LSU – Monday night win over Tennessee would confirm status as a national title contender

2. Virginia Tech – Best team in the ACC

3. Florida – Didn't look great against Tennessee, but won – style points don't matter

4. Georgia – Again, style points don't matter

5. Tennessee – Vols look susceptible to a few losses this season

6. Florida State – Win over Boston College was critical – FSU still has a long way to go.

7. Miami – Still in striking distance in the ACC, but offense must play better.

8. Clemson – Took a baby step backwards in loss to Miami – win over Boston College is mandatory or else this is the same old Clemson

9. Georgia Tech – Tech remains undefeated, but didn't look good against UConn – no shot against Turkeys from Virginia.

10. Alabama – Unleashed a beating on South Carolina; now Arkansas at home.

11. Vanderbilt – Will be 5-0 going into game with LSU (and should be ranked at that time).

12. Virginia – Still not that great.

13. Auburn – A little better against a nobody – this week another nobody – is Auburn good?

14. NC State – Wins over directional schools from Kentucky don't impress

15. Ole Miss – Rebuilding will take Rebels some time

16. Maryland – This program seems lost

17. Arkansas – I thought last week's loss to Vandy was a low point in Houston Nutt's tenure – I stand corrected; 70-17 now is.

18. South Carolina – That flushing sound you heard from Columbia was the Gamecocks' season going down the toilet.

19. Mississippi State – Beats bad Tulane team – can Croom do to Georgia this week what he did to Florida last season? Doesn't seem likely

20. Wake Forest – Wake holds on against East Carolina

21. Duke – Devils get a win, and move out of last place

22. Kentucky – These are the final days of Rich Brooks in Lexington

23. North Carolina – The worst team in the South.

This week's games:

NOTE: these are Sunday lines; some may have moved

Richmond at Vanderbilt
Winner straight up – Vanderbilt
Winner with points – No line
Comment – Vanderbilt is on a roll. 5-0 start probable – don't screw it up
Arkansas (+16) at Alabama
Winner straight up – Alabama
Winner with points – Alabama
Comment – Arkansas is a beaten team – take the Tide
Western Kentucky at Auburn
Winner straight up – Auburn
Winner with points – No line
Comment – It's hard to know what you've got with Auburn – we won't really know until late October, but it doesn't look great.
Florida (-24) at Kentucky
Winner straight up – Florida
Winner with points – Kentucky
Comment – 24 points is a lot to cover on the road in the conference – I don't care who you are.
Georgia (-15.5) at Mississippi State
Winner straight up – Georgia
Winner with points – Georgia
Comment – Georgia almost never covers big spreads, but they are 10-3 on the road as favorites, so (and I should know better than this) take the Dawgs.
Tennessee (+6.5) at LSU
Winner straight up – LSU
Winner with points – LSU
Comment – LSU covers and sends the Vols into a tailspin.
Wyoming (+2) at Ole Miss
Winner straight up – Ole Miss
Winner with points – Ole Miss
Comment – Rebels should win by at least a field goal
Troy (+18.5) at South Carolina
Winner straight up – South Carolina
Winner with points – Troy
Comment – Cocks won't cover at home; a lot of question marks, but Troy is bad
Colorado (+14) at Miami
Winner straight up – Miami
Winner with points – Miami
Comment – Miami covers
North Carolina (+10.5) at NC State
Winner straight up – NC State
Winner with points – NC State
Comment – NC State is better, but stay away from this one
Boston College (+3.5) at Clemson
Winner straight up – Clemson
Winner with points – Clemson
Comment – Tigers should win, so take them to cover, too.
Duke (+24) at Virginia
Winner straight up – Virginia
Winner with points – Duke
Comment – Yuck.
Georgia Tech (+11) at Virginia Tech
Winner straight up – Virginia Tech
Winner with points – Virginia Tech
Comment – Virginia Tech is too much for Jackets with or without Reggie Ball
Maryland at Wake Forest
Winner straight up – Wake Forest
Winner with points – Wake Forest
Comment – Stay away from this one
Tennessee (+6.5) at LSU
Winner with points – LSU
Comment – The travel, the talent and LSU's Monday night home crowd will be too much for Vols
Year – Lock of the week: 3 of 3 or 100%
Year – Straight up: 40 out of 49 or 82%
Year – Points: 23 of 41 or 56%

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