We're halfway home! We seen some outrageous outcomes so far this college football season and the rankings we started with in the preseason look quite a bit different than what they do now. You think that won't be the case after the second half of this wild 2017 season?
College football is defined by the outrageous. Here are five OUTRAGEOUS* predictions for the second half of the 2017 season, mostly pertaining to the College Football Playoff.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for the Second Half of the Season
Michigan State wins the Big Ten East
Keep talking about J.T. Barrett, Saquon Barkley and Jim Harbaugh. Pay no attention to that mean green team from East Lansing, bare-knuckle boxing their way through the schedule and winning ugly every week. The Spartans have the traditional formula in place to win in the Big Ten: solid quarterback play, a powerful rushing attack and a feisty defense. They already took down Michigan. Look for them to win a couple of back-alley wrestling matches with the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions on the way to winning the division.
Wisconsin wins the Big Ten, goes to the College Football Playoff
The Badgers are in control of every game from start to finish and it doesn't look like that's going to be different in any of the remaining games on their schedule. Their toughest remaining matchup is a home tilt with Iowa. Look for them to win that one and run the table all the way to the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. After they beat Michigan State in an old-school slugfest, they will have punched their ticket to college football's big dance.
Georgia wins the SEC
A lot of people keep saying it could happen. I'm saying it will happen. Kirby Smart has done a masterful job keeping his talented team on task so far, especially after losing his starting quarterback so early in the season. The Bulldogs are the SEC's most balanced team on offense and one of the fastest on defense. That combination will make for far and away the most talented team Alabama will have seen by the time they meet up in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. Look for Georgia wide receivers Terry Godwin and Javon Wims to be the difference in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 2.
TCU runs the table to the College Football Playoff
We keep waiting for someone to step up and derail the Horned Frogs' season. And then, every week, they come out and look like the best team in the Big 12. Kenny Hill (above, right) has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country, and he's been the difference between TCU being good and great. Look for him to outplay Baker Mayfield in an epic shootout with Oklahoma in a couple of weeks and then do the same against Mason Rudolph and Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship Game.
The ACC and Pac-12 both miss the College Football Playoff
It's looking like the eventual Pac-12 champ will have at least two losses. There's little chance the ACC champions come out of the conference with an unblemished record. It will be tough to put either of those conference champions into the four-team tournament ahead of any unbeaten champ from another Power 5 conference or a one-loss Notre Dame. Look for the Irish to lock up the fourth spot and join Wisconsin, Georgia and TCU to keep the Pac-12 and ACC watching from home.
*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.