Southern Football Predictions

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

1. Auburn – Best in the South …

2. Florida – Gators are the team to beat in the SEC East…

3. Georgia – Dawgs' schedule makes them an SEC contender…

4. LSU – Might be the second-best team in the SEC – time will tell…

5. Tennessee – Still a little bit away…

6. Virginia Tech – Have not played a real team yet…

7. Clemson – Won't win the national title, but could win the ACC…

8. Alabama – Big game this week against Arkansas…

9. Florida State – Noles were dominated by Clemson for the third time in five years – FSU is not that great – neither is the ACC…

10. Arkansas – Almost a must-win game against Alabama this weekend…

11. Georgia Tech – Should crush Virginia…

12. Miami – Season looks bleak – so did their performance Saturday…

13. Maryland – Backside still hurting from West Virginia's kicking…

14 Kentucky – Got a good win over Ole Miss – but still not a good team. Florida will kill Cats in Gainesville…

15. Vanderbilt – Have to start winning close games…

16. North Carolina – Shaky performance against Furman…

17. South Carolina – Almost lost to Wofford – enough said. Spurrier did not come back for this – how long will he take it?

18. Ole Miss – This program seems to still be moving backwards…

19. Wake Forest – Rolling with wins over UConn and Duke – too bad this isn't women's basketball…

20. Virginia – Despicable…

21. Mississippi State – How do you lose to Tulane? At least the Bulldogs scored, which is new for them…

22. Duke – Slashed by Virginia Tech…

23. NC State – Virginia seems to be State's latest competition in the watered-down ACC…

This week's games:

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

Virginia (+15.5) at Georgia Tech

Winner straight up – Georgia Tech

Winner with points – Georgia Tech

Comment – If Tech does not cover the spread they have some real issues…

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Cincinnati (+27.5) at Virginia Tech

Winner straight up – Virginia Tech

Winner with points – Virginia Tech

Comment – Bearcats played Ohio State hard last week, but Virginia Tech should be ok…

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North Carolina (+17) at Clemson

Winner straight up – Clemson

Winner with points – Clemson

Comment – Tigers could have a letdown, but that does not seem likely…

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Colorado (+27) at Georgia

Winner straight up – Georgia

Winner with points – Georgia

Comment – Let's get real – just how many points can Colorado score against Georgia? Not many – maybe they should put Ralphie in their wham package…

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Buffalo (+45) at Auburn

Winner straight up – Auburn

Winner with points – Auburn

Comment – The over/under on this game is 46, so take Auburn, and the under – Tigers win 45-0…

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Alabama (-2) at Arkansas

Winner straight up – Alabama

Winner with points – Alabama

Comment – Most difficult game to pick this week, but SEC road favorites are winning this season…

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Rice (+28) at Florida State

Winner straight up – Florida State

Winner with points – Rice

Comment – 28 is not only the line for this game, it is also the over/under for FSU's yards rushing…

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Marshall (+24) at Tennessee

Winner straight up – Tennessee

Winner with points – Tennessee

Comment – Vols should win easy…

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Wake Forest (+2.5) at Ole Miss

Winner straight up – Wake Forest

Winner with points – Wake Forest

Comment – This thriller is made-for-TV excitement…

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FIU (+20.5) at Maryland

Winner straight up – Maryland

Winner with points – Maryland

Comment – What is a FIU?

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Mississippi State (+9.5) at UAB

Winner straight up – UAB

Winner with points – UAB

Comment – Don't over think it – State sucks…

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Tennessee State (NL) at Vanderbilt

Winner straight up – Vanderbilt

Winner with points – No Line

Comment – Yuck…

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Florida Atlantic (+30.5) at South Carolina

Winner straight up – South Carolina

Winner with points – Florida Atlantic

Comment – That's way too many points for Carolina to cover over a high school team…

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Tulane (+35.5) at LSU

Winner straight up – LSU

Winner with points – LSU

Comment – Tulane is 1-0 vs. the SEC, but that was Mississippi State…

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Kentucky (+24) at Florida

Winner straight up – Florida

Winner with points – Florida

Comment – Gators roll…

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Boston College (+7.5) at NC State

Winner straight up – Boston College

Winner with points – Boston College

Comment – Blood bath…

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LOCK OF THE WEEK

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Boston College (+7.5) at NC State

Winner with points – Boston College

Comment – State is about as good as an AA football team in Wyoming…

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Year – Lock of the week: 3 of 3 or 100%

Year – Straight up: 47 out of 55 or 85%

Year – Points: 31 of 44 or 70%

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