The full ramifications of the crazy finishes to the Arkansas-Ole Miss and Nebraska-Michigan State games last weekend have yet to be seen. What we do know is that those two outrageous finishes and outcomes created some alternate paths to the College Football Playoff. Week 11 has a couple of obvious matchups — and some not so obvious — that could do the same.
Here are the Outrageous Predictions for Week 11 of the 2015 season.
Miami upsets North Carolina
The Tar Heels are quietly sneaking around with a lone loss, waiting to jump up and throw wrench into the Playoff selection process. That ends this week. Miami comes to Chapel Hill as winners of its last two games — unbeaten in the post-Al Golden era. The Hurricanes are flying high with "upset" on their minds, while North Carolina eyes the ACC Championship Game a little too early. Miami shocks the Tar Heels and keeps the winning streak alive.
Arkansas knocks off a reeling LSU
LSU was man-handled last weekend against Alabama in a physical beatdown. Now the Tigers will need to shift gears and get ready for a high-octane Arkansas attack. Look for the Razorbacks to jump out to a couple of quick scores and not look back, as LSU isn't built to keep pace in a shootout. Arkansas rolls and LSU is eliminated from Playoff contention.
South Carolina catches Florida snoozing
The Gators clinched the SEC East division last weekend in a close win over Vanderbilt. This weekend, they'll travel to another SEC foe's house and find a team that is now playing for pride. Look for a raucous crowd in Columbia to welcome the Gators, who now have dreams of a College Football Playoff berth floating around in their heads. That dream is about to turn into a nightmare. Look for Perry Orth to pick up where the Gamecocks left off — nearly leading an underrated offense to a win over Tennessee in Knoxville last weekend.
Illinois stuns Ohio State
This reminds me of the Nebraska-Michigan State matchup from last weekend. The Illini are 3-1 at home this season, with their only loss coming to Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago. All four of their losses have come to ranked teams, but with Josh Ferguson back and looking near 100 percent, they won't add a fifth. This will arguably be the second-best offense Ohio State has seen all season — the first being Indiana. In that game, the Buckeyes escaped Bloomington with a one-score win. Illinois matches up better with Ohio State than Indiana did. The early start on the road combined with the distraction of the two biggest games of the season on the horizon complete the perfect recipe for the Buckeyes to be the victims of the biggest upset of 2015.
Mason Rudolph drops 500 yards on Iowa State
It's that time of the year — regardless of what the College Football Playoff committee members say — when style points matter. The Cowboys made a lot of noise last weekend when they knocked off TCU. In order to stay in the spotlight and fresh in the minds of the committee, they are going to need to put up a video game-like performance in Ames. Look for Rudolph to unleash an aerial attack like few we've seen this season against a bad Iowa State team, en route to a score you'll see scroll across the ticker that makes you say "YIKES!"