The college football season is off and running. We've had two consecutive weekends with games on television, and one weekend of FBS vs. FBS matchups.
Now the heavy hitters of the Power 5 conferences (some of them, anyway) are about to kick things off.
This has been an offseason unlike any in the history of college football. In a sport that always yields outrageous outcomes, 2020 has a really good chance of being the most outrageous season yet.
Let's take a look at some OUTRAGEOUS* predictions for the 2020 college football season.
Iowa State qualifies for the College Football Playoff
The Cyclones feature the best coach, quarterback, and defense in the Big 12. Those three factors will lead to Big 12 dominance, a conference title, and a trip to the most prestigious four-team tournament in the world (or at least the United State).
Ian Book wins the Heisman Trophy
Book has one of the nation's top offensive lines protecting him and one of the nation's top defenses giving him the ball back. Few college quarterbacks are as efficient and this season, that efficiency will be on display in the ACC. Look for the home tilt with Clemson in November to be the game that seals the deal for the Irish quarterback.
The SEC gets left out of the College Football Playoff
LSU, Alabama, and Georgia are all working in new quarterbacks. Three of Florida's toughest four games are on the road. The elite SEC teams are going to pound one another, round-robin style, and nobody comes out with fewer than two losses. That will cost the conference a spot in the playoff.
Ohio State wins the national championship
You want outrageous? How about a team from a conference that — as of right now, isn't going to play football — winning the title? Big Ten football IS going to happen in 2020. When it does, the Ohio State Buckeyes are going to be the most dominant team in the conference by a decent margin. They'll roll into the College Football Playoff, take down Oklahoma in the semifinals, and then defeat Notre Dame for the title.
*Remember, "outrageous" can be defined as "wildly exaggerated or improbable," and "very bold, unusual, and startling." These are "outrageous" predictions and should be treated as such.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.