Welcome to college football's postseason!
Conference championship games are upon us, and the College Football Playoff rankings are set up in a way for everything to neatly fall right into place based on who is expected to win this weekend.
But we all know that's not how this works.
The College Football Playoff committee has a tough job — and it's tough for a reason. Nothing ever goes according to plan, and that's what we're looking at this weekend with the conference championship games.
Prepare for chaos. Prepare for the OUTRAGEOUS.*
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Championship Week
Oregon beats Utah by double digits
Utah's only loss came against USC in a game where the Trojans' aerial attack was just too much for the Utes to handle. Now in order to secure a potential College Football Playoff berth, the Utes need to stop arguably the nation's top passer in Justin Herbert. He'll have an arsenal of weapons at his disposal close to what USC brought to the table. This is going to be a boat race that Utah — even with a solid defense — is not equipped to keep pace in.
Baylor blows out Oklahoma
The Bears had a blowout going against the Sooners a couple of weeks ago. Then they lost focus and took the foot off the gas. Don't expect that to happen again. As crushing as the loss to Oklahoma was, knowing they had the Sooners looking for the door is enough of a confidence booster for Baylor to come out and execute again. Oklahoma has been on thin ice in a couple of games this season. On Saturday, the Sooners will get exposed.
Ohio State holds Jonathan Taylor under 50 yards
Taylor is one of the most prolific running backs in college football history, but the Buckeyes held him to a season-low (52) in yardage the first time they met this season. Ohio State hasn't gotten worse defensively since then, and Wisconsin hasn't figured out how to win without relying heavily on its star running back. Because of that, the formula will be the same — stop Taylor, beat the Badgers.
Georgia upsets LSU
Everyone is penciling LSU into the playoff right now. People forget how much of a fluke Georgia's only loss was. The Bulldogs still have dangerous offensive weapons, a capable defense, and a head coach who cut his teeth on that side of the ball — making life miserable for countless high-profile quarterbacks. LSU may have the edge in the talent department, but Kirby Smart and his staff will be the difference in a close game in Atlanta.
*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.