We haven't seen any contender step up and announce to the nation that they're the team to beat. Don't expect that this weekend, either.
Welcome back to the roller coaster that is the 2015 college football season! Just went we think we've got it all figured out, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and UCLA lay eggs. Ohio State and Michigan State look beatable. TCU and Baylor leave their defenses at home. The door to the top floor of college football has been a revolving one so far. Don't look now, but there's some guy named Harbaugh trying tailgate through the door.
We've had our share of outrageous outcomes this season. Some I've predicted — some (more often that not) I never saw coming. I'm not giving up on trying to figure this thing out, especially this weekend. We've got a whole slate of games that will shape the College Football Playoff picture and set the stage for the outrageous to happen.
Here are my outrageous predictions for Week 6 of the college football season — one for each Power 5 conference.
The Hurricanes upset the Seminoles
Look for Miami to show some resiliency and bounce back after a tough loss on the road, knowing it's still in the hunt in the ACC. The Hurricanes have the athletes to hang with a Florida State team that, once again, is just getting by against teams that are arguably not as good as Al Golden's Miami squad. I like Brad Kaaya to expose a Florida State secondary that has not faced an elite passer yet this season.
Tennessee gives Georgia a losing streak
As I predicted, the Dawgs were brought crashing back to earth last weekend. A trip to Knoxville to swim in a Sea of Orange is not, in my opinion, the best way to get your mind right after a crushing loss. Tennessee, on the other hand, will be looking to end a two-game losing streak where the Volunteers came out on the short end of the stick by a combined five points in those contests. Look for the Vols to try and bully Georgia up front the same way Alabama did, pulling out to a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.
Kansas State upsets TCU
This will be the third time I've called for an upset of the Horned Frogs. I really like my chances this week. The Wildcats are coming off a shootout loss to Oklahoma State — a team that might be the most underrated in the country. I trust Bill Snyder to have something up his sleeve and have his team fired up to pull off the win under the lights in the Little Apple. I see this game much like TCU's season opener with Minnesota, but with a late turnover being the difference, sealing a Kansas State victory.
Cal over Utah BIG
Utah's best win to date is not the blowout win over what we now know is a mediocre Oregon team. Instead, it's the opener against Michigan that the Utes could have easily lost if not for some costly interceptions thrown by Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock. I like Cal's Jared Goff to force the ball downfield all night, constantly pressuring the Ute secondary and eventually wearing the group down. A back and forth game early will turn into a second half rout for Cal and a reality check for Utah.
Rutgers shocks Michigan State
The Spartans haven't looked great for a couple of weeks now. Rutgers has issues, but is anyone willing to step up and say the Scarlet Knights aren't as talented as Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Purdue? All three of those teams gave the Spartans their share of troubles. Rutgers has had two weeks to get ready for this night game against one of the Big Ten's big dogs. Michigan State is already thinking about next week's game at Ann Arbor. This is the recipe for upsets. Rutgers shocks the world and Chop Nation tears down the goal posts.