Southern Football rankings Week 7

Alabama and Kentucky's head coaches leave, Georgia wins the SEC title, and Miami is playing for another national title. This week was rather eventful in the South. Although only 2 games in the South were played both of them had championship implications.

23. Duke – worst team in the South. Last week: #23

22. North Carolina – 2nd worst team in the South. . Last week: #22

21. Vanderbilt – another lowly season for Vandy. Last week: #21

20. Mississippi State – State needs some changes, fast. But relying on JUCO transfers got the Bulldogs in this mess to start with. Last week: #20

19. South Carolina – My advice to Holtz and company: don't fall into the same trap that Mississippi State did. Do not rely on JUCO players to turn your program back around. Last week: #19

18. Georgia Tech – Jackets are still limping from the beating administered by Dawgs. The loss was embarrassing. Last week: #18

17. Ole Miss – matching up with Nebraska in the Independence Bowl sure beats sitting at home. Last week: #17

16. Wake Forest – Wake can thank Tech for moving to the Silicon Valley Bowl; now Wake can play in a bowl game too. Last week: #16

15. Clemson – a bowl win would go a long way in recruiting. Bowl practice will go a long way in the development of players like Charlie Whitehurst. Last week: #15

14. Kentucky – a few more bowl practices would have helped. But now, the Cats lose their head coach. Might they add Jim Donnan to the staff? Last week: #14

13. Virginia – the Cavs get to play West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl game. Last week: #13

12. Virginia Tech – Tech gave Miami too many chances last weekend. How many chances can you give Miami and still win? None. Last week: #12

11. North Carolina State – Suddenly Notre Dame and NC State is the Gator Bowl matchup; The Wolfpack must love that, and the Irish must hate it. Last week: #11

10. TennesseeMaryland should be favored in the Peach Bowl. This is going to be a tough game for the Vols to win. Last week: #10

9. LSU – the Tigers might have proved to be a better opponent for Georgia in the SEC game rather than Arkansas. Now the Tigers get to take on Texas in the Longhorns' own backyard: Dallas. Last week: #9

8. Florida – Florida's bowl game with Michigan in Tampa should excite ESPN, the Outback Bowl, and the Tampa Gator Club. But the Gators must be a little disappointed by ending up in the Outback Bowl itself. The payout is not as good, but at least Florida continues to play on New Year's Day. Last week: #8

7. Maryland – the Peach Bowl always wants a 10-win team, and this season, they got it. Maryland will play Tennessee in the Peach Bowl and should be favored. A win over the Vols would be just one more notch in Maryland's belt. Last week: #9

6. Alabama – Now that Dennis Franchione is no longer Alabama's head coach, you have to wonder if the Tide's status in the world of college football is view as tarnished goods. After all, since when is Alabama a stepping-stone? What in the world is a coach leaving a school like Alabama for if he is not dead or being fired? Last week: #6

5. Auburn – Anything bad for Bama is good for Auburn. Franchione leaves Bama, WAR DAMN EAGLE! Last week: #5

4. Arkansas – Georgia was just way too much for the Hogs. This game was a lot like the 2000 Georgia-Arkansas game, Georgia jumped all over the Hogs and did not look back. Last week: #3

3. Florida State – Bobby Bowden says that Mark Richt might teach him a thing or two, and he really believes it. Last week: #4

2. Georgia – the national title game did not pan out for the Dawgs, and that is a good thing for Miami. The Canes should handle Ohio State's one-dimensional offense. Georgia would have provided the Canes with better competition. But Georgia did not win all of its games. Therefore, because of their woodshed beating of Arkansas to capture the SEC crown, Georgia takes on the Florida State Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl. Last week: #2

1. Miami – Miami was given too many opportunities by Virginia Tech to get easy points. Miami should beat Ohio State in the Fiesta. The two big questions now are: Who will win the Heisman?; and is Miami the greatest football tradition ever? Last week: # 1

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com

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