The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2018 season were released earlier this week. In a perfect world, those rankings give us a clear picture and path to follow in terms of determining the top four teams in the land.
As we know, college football is far from a perfect world.
The Week 10 slate is loaded with games that will eliminate some contenders while lifting others.
Here are the OUTRAGEOUS predictions for Week 10 of the 2018 college football season.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 10
Georgia beats Kentucky by 20
The line in this one is currently in the single digits in Georgia's favor. You can expect the Bulldogs to cover easily. Kentucky was the College Football Playoff selection committee's darling in the first edition of the 2018 rankings. The Wildcats were slotted at No. 9 on the back of an early-season win over Florida before the Gators figured out who they were. Georgia is a legit national title contender, and the Bulldogs will show the college football world that the Wildcats are pretenders with a blowout win in Lexington.
Notre Dame beats Northwestern by 20
A lot of people around the country are pointing to this game as the first one that could toss a wrench in the College Football Playoff process. No such luck. The Wildcats sit on top of a bad Big Ten West Division, but they've backed their way into that position. They are an average football team on both sides of the ball, led by an inconsistent quarterback who can't stop turning it over. The Irish, meanwhile, are loaded with NFL talent on both sides of the ball and feeling disrespected after being slotted at No. 4 in the playoff rankings — behind a one-loss LSU team. They'll be looking to make a statement in this one.
Cal upsets Washington State
This comes down to who wins a "strength-on-strength" battle. The Cougars obviously want to chuck it all over the field. Cal, meanwhile, comes into the game ranked No. 8 in the nation in pass defense. Will the Golden Bears shut down Mike Leach's Air Raid offense altogether? No, but they will slow it down enough for the Cal rushing attack to shorten the game and dictate the pace enough to pull off the upset.
AJ Dillon runs for 250 yards against Virginia Tech
It's not often you look at a Bud Foster-coached defense as one you can run the ball on with relative ease, but that's the case in 2018. The Hokies are giving up nearly 172 yards per game on the ground, which puts them comfortably in the bottom half of the country. Boston College wants to pound the ball to help come away win a tough road win. Luckily, they've got one of the very best running backs in the nation to aid in that effort. Look for a huge night from Dillon to lead the Eagles to a win in Blacksburg.
Nebraska stuns Ohio State
This is the culmination of a tale of two programs headed in different directions over the last two weeks. The Buckeyes are still reeling after the blowout loss to Purdue that exposed their defense. Conventional wisdom says they used the bye week to button some things up on defense. The problem with that line of thinking is that Ohio State's issues on defense are not due to the scheme; they simply don't have the elite talent they are accustomed to having on that side of the ball. Now a confident, care-free Nebraska squad makes its way to Columbus on the back of two "get-right games." They bring with them an explosive offense capable of doing the same damage Purdue did, led by a rising young superstar and dynamic playmaker in quarterback Adrian Martinez. Look for a high-scoring shootout to end with a Husker victory.
*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 and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.