This weekend's games might as well be part of the playoff
Championship Week is upon us, and we have an incredible slate of games that simply WILL decide who punches a ticket to the College Football Playoff.
There have been a lot of narratives leading up to this weekend. The lobbying has already begun — including some by teams who aren't playing for a conference title. Now, however, all that matters is what happens on the playing fields this Friday and Saturday.
Do you think you know who is in? You better read these OUTRAGEOUS* predictions first.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Championship Week
Wisconsin holds Ohio State under 10 points
The Badgers have been doubted and disrespected all season, but all they've done is win — and they've done so the old-fashioned way. They run the ball, beat you up and play stingy defense. It's a simple formula and they've perfected it. Ohio State had a hard time scoring early last weekend against Michigan. That will be the case again against Wisconsin — a team with a better overall defense than what the Wolverines field. While the Buckeyes' offense struggles to move the ball, Urban Meyer's defense will be getting punched in the mouth repeatedly by the Badger ground game. Expect Wisconsin to do what it has done all season — pull away from an exhausted opponent in the second half and cruise to an easy win.
Stanford blows out USC
As usual, David Shaw has his Cardinal rolling at the end of the year. They are healthy and firing on all cylinders — and they are ready to bulldoze a much less physical Trojan squad. USC is not equipped defensively to stand up against the Stanford rushing attack. On the other side of the ball, look for Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips to set up shop in Sam Darnold's pocket all game long, throwing off the timing of the Trojans' passing attack. It'll be a long Friday night for USC on both sides of the ball.
Georgia gets its revenge
The Bulldogs were flat-out embarrassed a couple of weeks ago against Auburn. Now the Tigers are coming off the high of beating their rival and may not be focused enough for a neutral-site tilt with what was the best team in the land for most of the season. You learn more from losses than you do from wins. Look for Georgia to take what it learned the first time around against Auburn and ride a couple of trick plays to a close win over the Tigers.
Alabama gets into the playoff
The winner of Miami and Clemson will get in. Wisconsin will get in with a win. Georgia will get in with a win. That leaves one spot that would go to Oklahoma if the Sooners beat TCU. The problem is, Oklahoma is not going to beat TCU. Horned Frogs quarterback Kenny Hill is going to win a shootout against Baker Mayfield, beat the Sooners, knock them out of playoff contention and open the door wide open for the committee to do what they've wanted to do since the first poll: write in the Alabama Crimson Tide with a Sharpie.
*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. He also covers the Big Ten for Black Heart Gold Pants, Iowa's SB Nation blog. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.