Southern Football Predictions

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

1. LSU – Best team is the South… for this week at least…
2. Virginia Tech – Turkeys unite before huge game in Death Valley next week…
3. Florida – Lots of questions that will not be answered until game with Vols…
4. Georgia – Dawgs will know how good or bad they are quick…
5. Arkansas – No better running back combo in the country…
6. Auburn – Won tons of games last season, but it seemed to lack a little something…
7. Tennessee – Will be interested to see Vols and Bears this weekend…
8. Clemson – This is where the rankings are hard to pick…
9. Florida State – Better not lose to Tigers again…
10. Georgia Tech – Jackets may well beat Notre Dame
11. South Carolina – We will know more about Carolina after Mitchell returns – still, more drama in Columbia than Entourage …
12. Kentucky – Should have some good wins this season…
13. Alabama – Saban can't make these guys great that quick…
14. Miami – See directly above – Canes still have some rebuilding to do…
15. Wake Forest – One season wonders?
16. Maryland – Still not sold on this program…
17. Vanderbilt – Would get a bowl berth if played in the ACC…
18. NC State – A program who needed a coach – now they have one…
19. Virginia – Going sideways for the last few years…
20. Ole Miss – Year three should produce some results…
21. Mississippi State – No chance against LSU…
22. North Carolina – Could these guys become a national power again?
23. Duke – Why even play?

This week's games:

NOTE: these are last Sunday's lines; some may have moved

LSU (-18) at Mississippi State
Winner straight up – LSU
Winner with points – LSU
Comment – Take the Tigers. This one will get ugly…

Western Kentucky at Florida
Winner straight up – Florida
Winner with points – No Line
Comment – Gators should roll…

Ole Miss (+2.5) at Memphis
Winner straight up – Ole Miss
Winner with points – Ole Miss
Comment – Rebels should claw this one out – even on the road…

E. Kentucky at Kentucky
Winner straight up – Kentucky
Winner with points – No Line
Comment – Cats roll…

Oklahoma State (+6.5) at Georgia
Winner straight up – Georgia
Winner with points – Georgia
Comment – I like the Dawgs by ten or more points…

W. Carolina at Alabama
Winner straight up – Alabama
Winner with points – No Line
Comment – Saban heals all…

Troy (+24) at Arkansas
Winner straight up – Arkansas
Winner with points – Troy
Comment – Trojans will lose, but can stick around enough…

Richmond at Vanderbilt
Winner straight up – Vandy
Winner with points – No Line
Comment – Snoozer... no TV - No wonder...

La.-Lafayette (+29) at South Carolina
Winner straight up – Carolina
Winner with points – Cajuns
Comment – Too many Carolina problems for this weekend to cover…

Kansas State (+13.5) at Auburn
Winner straight up – Auburn
Winner with points – Kansas State
Comment – Cats stick around a little…

East Carolina (+24.5) at Virginia Tech
Winner straight up – Virginia Tech
Winner with points – East Carolina
Comment – Hokies unite, but don't cover…

Marshall (+19) at Miami
Winner straight up – Miami
Winner with points – Marshall
Comment – Take the points…

East Carolina (+24.5) at Virginia Tech
Winner straight up – Virginia Tech
Winner with points – East Carolina
Comment – Hokies unite, but don't cover…

Connecticut (-5.5) at Duke
Winner straight up – Connecticut
Winner with points – Connecticut
Comment – I don't like Duke…

Virginia (-4.5) at Wyoming
Winner straight up – Virginia
Winner with points – Virginia
Comment – I'd stay away from this one…

Georgia Tech (+2.5) at Notre Dame
Winner straight up – Notre Dame
Winner with points – Notre Dame
Comment – Tech loses… barely (but could win)…

Wake Forest (+6.5) at Boston College
Winner straight up – Boston College
Winner with points – Wake Forest
Comment – Hard one to pick…

James Madison at North Carolina
Winner straight up – North Carolina
Winner with points – No Line
Comment – Horrible game…

Central Florida (+8.5) at NC State
Winner straight up – NC State
Winner with points – NC State
Comment – New coach will have wild dogs ready…

Villanova at Maryland Winner straight up – Maryland
Winner with points – No Line
Comment – Another ACC snoozer…

Florida State at Clemson
Winner straight up – Clemson
Winner with points – Clemson
Comment – A Clemson upset (?) at home – Take the Tigers…

LSU (-9) at Mississippi State
Winner with points – LSU
Comment – Tigers would need to really struggle to not cover a pretty sizeable number against a pretty bad team…
Last Year – Lock of the week: 6 of 14 or 43%
Last Year – Straight up: 165 out of 211 or 78%
Last Year – Points: 107 of 193 or 55% (Not bad)

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