Some monumental upsets are going to shake up the College Football Playoff picture
The first College Football Playoff rankings have been released and now we all know where this season is headed. The top four are the top four and that's just the way it is, right?
In the words of Dr. Evil, "How about no?"
Week 10 of the 2016 college football season is ripe with opportunities for season-altering upsets. For the most part, the top contenders have maintained their position so far. That's all about to change with a batch of outrageous outcomes this weekend.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 10
Arkansas upsets Florida
The Gators have their eyes set on the SEC Championship Game and a possible trip to the College Football Playoff. Leave it to Bret Bielema — arguably college football's most lovable villain — to spoil Florida's solid season. After getting smoked on the road against Auburn last weekend, the Hogs have little to lose and will be embracing the role of "giant killer." I like Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen and the Razorback offense to get back on track by launching an all-out aerial assault on the Florida secondary. The Gators have yet to be challenged through the air like they'll be challenged on Saturday, and the end result will show just that.
Northwestern flips the Big Ten West race on its head
Don't look now, but the Wildcats have the same conference record as the Badgers. Pat Fitzgerald's club is playing with a lot of confidence after a slugfest with Ohio State. Wisconsin hasn't had the easiest time scoring points this season, and that's not likely to change against a well-coached and disciplined defense like Northwestern. Look for a late Clayton Thorson scramble to be the difference that sends the Wildcats to victory and the Badgers toward the bottom of the Big Ten West division.
Nebraska eliminates Ohio State from playoff contention
Last weekend, the Cornhuskers went up to Madison as the consensus most overrated team in the nation. In true Rocky Balboa fashion, they left with a loss but with the respect of anyone who tuned in to that game. Look for Mike Riley and his squad to build on that confidence as they roll into yet another tough place to place — Columbus, Ohio. Nebraska will field the best secondary the Buckeyes have seen this season. Look for some early turnovers to be the catalyst that gives the Huskers a surprising early lead. After that, this one will turn into a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair between two teams loaded offensively. It'll be too little, too late for Ohio State, as Riley and his staff continue to grow and learn from previous losses. A heavy does of Devine Ozigbo and Tommy Armstrong running the ball will close out the upset win for the Huskers and put them in total control of the Big Ten West.
NC State beats Florida State
The Wolfpack nearly took down Clemson a couple of weeks ago. Having lost three in a row, they'll be playing with house money as the Seminoles come to town. Florida State is going to be dealing with its Clemson hangover and in no mood to deal with a pesky NC State squad. A sleepy start for the Seminoles and a big day from Wolfpack running back Matthew Dayes will be all it takes to knock off Jimbo Fisher's bunch.
Syracuse stuns Clemson
Dino Babers' team is a confident group after back-to-back wins over Virginia Tech and Boston College. Dabo Swinney has expressed some concerns about Syracuse's speed, and given how lackluster his team has looked in every game this season — his concerns are valid. The Orange have the ability to cause Clemson some problems and force the Tigers' offense to operate at peak efficiency. By the time the Clemson faithful figure out that their team is in a dogfight, it may be too late. Look for Syracuse receiver Amba Etta-Tawo to continue his All-American-caliber season en route to the biggest upset of the 2016 college football season.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.