The beauty of sports, in particular college football, lies in their complete unpredictability and reality TV-like drama. Here's what might happen in Week 10.
Note: The point of this column is to have some fun and make some outlandish predictions. Please react accordingly.
Florida State will miss a field goal wide right — and cover the spread vs. Miami
The Canes and Noles have had some historic and important meetings in the past. Not many have come in the past decade but 2013 looks to change that as both teams enter this weekend’s test unbeaten and ranked in the top 10. However, the Seminoles are a huge 21.5-point favorite and will cover the spread with relative ease. But there is a chance that Roberto Aguayo will miss his first field goal of the season — to the right, of course.
FSU's Jameis Winston will have more yards in the 1st quarter than Miami has all game
Stephen Morris enjoyed a fantastic breakout season in 2012 for Miami. While he has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury, Morris isn’t close to the same player this fall. And he has struggled mightily of late, throwing four interceptions in a near defeat to North Carolina and just 191 yards in another near defeat to Wake Forest. FSU's Jameis Winston, however, has been Hall of Fame good in his first seven games. He is averaging 311.0 yards passing per game and is coming off a game in which the Noles outscored NC State 35-0 in the first quarter. As a three-touchdown favorite, Winston should post more yards in the first quarter than Miami will have all game.
Bret Bielema and Gus Malzahn won’t shake hands
There is no long-standing feud between the two newly minted SEC West head coaches. However, there is little doubt that these two abrasive, hard-nosed coaches don’t get along. Bielema has been open about how much he hates the up-tempo style of teams like Auburn and there have been some rumors of doctored game film Auburn sent to the Hogs this week. (Auburn, in turn, complained that Arkansas didn’t send them any touchdowns. Because, you know, they’ve scored two TDs in their last three games). And considering how poorly Arkansas has played, there is a good chance Malzahn runs up the score this weekend. Don’t expect a cordial handshake at the end of the game. In fact, a Schwartz-Harbaugh incident wouldn’t be shocking.
Western Kentucky won’t be allowed to leave the Georgia Dome
Bobby Petrino unceremoniously left the Atlanta Falcons for the Arkansas job by leaving post-it notes in his players lockers as he bolted out the back door of the Georgia Dome. After winning big in Fayetteville and getting fired for an illicit affair, Petrino landed at Western Kentucky for the 2013 season. His team has lost two straight games as it heads into that very same Georgia Dome to face winless Georgia State. Don’t be surprised if the doors are locked with a little note from Falcons owner Arthur Blank telling him, “Not this time, BP.”
Florida's Kelvin Taylor will run for 150 yards in his first career start
In what could one of the lamest World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail parties in recent memory, five-star running back prospect Kelvin Taylor will make his first start for Florida. The son of Fred Taylor has been a prep star in the state of Florida for years and he finally scored his first career touchdown two weeks ago against Missouri. Against a Georgia defense that allowed 197 yards rushing to Clemson, 226 yards to South Carolina, 189 to Tennessee and 142 to Missouri, Taylor has a chance to play a pivotal roll. He has averaged 6.1 yards per carry on the season and could easily be the Gators' top playmaker this weekend.
Bo Pelini will not be the head coach at Nebraska on Monday
Northwestern is 0-4 in the Big Ten this year and hasn’t shown signs of life whatsoever. However, the last time the Wildcats went to Lincoln it came away an upset winner 28-25 in 2011. After a horrendous loss to Minnesota on the road, Bo Pelini returns home with a month of must-win situations to keep his job at Nebraska. If Northwestern goes into Memorial Stadium and wins, Pelini could step down or be let go in a matter of hours not days. The embattled head coach cannot afford to lose more than one game the rest of the season.