The college football regular season is all wrapped up and bowl season is upon us. That doesn't mean there isn't plenty of outrageousness that'll take place. If anything, bowl season opens up the door for even more crazy occurrences. Strange matchups, motivated teams and teams who just decided to enjoy the free trip all factor into final scores that'll make you choke on a piece of candy cane when you see them slide across the bottom of your TV.
Here are the outrageous predictions for the December games (excluding the College Football Playoff).
All three 5-7 teams will win their bowls
Nebraska, Minnesota and San Jose State all snuck into bowl season with losing records. All three teams are arguably better than the 5-7 records they bring to their respective matchups. Not only that, but all three were pitted against teams that they are capable of beating. Nebraska is playing a UCLA team that doesn't want to be there. Minnesota is playing a Central Michigan team that cannot match the Golden Gophers on the offensive or defensive line, and San Jose State is facing a Georgia State that hasn't played the same caliber of opponents all season. All three win, and remain below .500.
No MAC team will win a bowl game
The MAC had a nice year and it was a very exciting conference to watch. That said, the bowl gods did them no favors matchup-wise. Of the seven MAC teams playing in bowl games, only Bowling Green is favored. The Falcons will lose as well, as they face a Georgia Southern team that could have been tough competitors in a couple of Power 5 conferences.
No SEC team will win a bowl game in December
Remember, I'm not counting the College Football Playoff, so forget Alabama. LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A&M are not your daddy's SEC teams. They're all average teams across the board will serious flaws. It's almost like each of them drew a team built to expose those flaws in their respective bowl games. Texas Tech, Memphis, NC State and Louisville will go 4-0 against a group of teams from what was once considered the nation's best conference.
Houston upsets Florida State
It's not just Tom Herman in Houston. It's a roster full of kids good enough to play anywhere in the country, now having the confidence to beat anyone in the country. Florida State played well to close out the year, but it is an undisciplined team that is easy to fluster. Given the time each team has to prepare for the matchup, I'm taking Herman over Jimbo Fisher every time. The Seminoles just seem like the easier team to prepare for schematically. You might even see this one get out of hand in the Cougars' favor late.
The Big Ten goes unbeaten in December
Again, forget the College Football Playoff, so we're not counting Michigan State right now. In addition to the two 5-7 teams (Nebraska and Minnesota) pulling out wins in their games, look for Indiana to hang close to 50 points on Duke, because, well, that's what Indiana does. I don't see Duke being able to keep pace with the Hoosiers. Then you'll have a Wisconsin team that played banged up for most of the year get healthy in time to take on USC. I like the Badger defense to stymie the Trojan offensive attack and grind out a tough win. On a side note, the Badgers only lost three games all season. Two of the teams that beat them are playing in New Year's Six/College Football Playoff games and the other finished the year ranked No. 13 in the Playoff rankings.