The fun has just begun.
Just when we think it's starting to appear that we can project the final four teams that will qualify for the College Football Playoff, the game happens. We — both fans and media — predict, project, preview and prognosticate as if we truly think we are experts. But we're not. We're all just slaves to the game, and when the game is played, then and only then do we know anything.
Some games will be played this weekend, and once again in 2016, it will be apparent that we know nothing. Here are my outrageous predictions for Week 11 of the college football season.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 11
South Carolina keeps rolling, stuns Florida
The Gamecocks look like they've got it all figured out. They've won three in a row and have all the confidence in the world heading into their matchup with the Gators in Gainesville this weekend. On the other side of the field will be a Florida team recovering from the beatdown Arkansas gave it last weekend. Jim McElwain's offense looks like it's in trouble regardless of who goes under center. Look for the Gamecocks to win a low-scoring game on the road.
Ohio State scores 60 points for the second consecutive week
Urban Meyer is in a zone right now. He knows what's at stake, and he knows what impresses the College Football Playoff selection committee. The Buckeyes thrashed Nebraska last weekend and the win was all the more impressive with the Huskers being a top-10 opponent. There's only one way to keep the national attention on your program heading into a game against a lowly opponent like Maryland — put up eye-popping numbers.The nature of today's game calls for running up scores on lesser opponents if you want to gain any ground and stay in the championship conversation. Predicting the Buckeyes to score 60 might even be low-balling it.
Kentucky effectively ends Tennessee's season
What a mess in Knoxville. I'd tell you I didn't see it coming, but I'd be lying, as I've seen the Volunteers overhyped since before the season began. Now they've got a star player transferring, a three-game SEC losing streak, and a head coach whose seat is getting warmer by the minute. Oh, and here comes a team from the Bluegrass State looking to become bowl eligible. I wouldn't feel good picking Tennessee to beat many Power Five teams right now, especially one that runs the ball as well as Kentucky does. A disaster of a season is about to get worse on Rocky Top.
USC spoils Washington's playoff hopes
The Huskies have looked good — real good — as of late. The reality, however, is that Washington has not been challenged to a man athletically. The Trojans have the horses (no pun intended) to do just that. I like USC to ride its recent momentum and upset Chris Petersen's squad.
This is it: Iowa takes down Michigan
It makes no sense. Iowa has been one of the biggest disappointments of the season so far. Michigan has lived up to the hype. I get it. But this just feels different. I like Iowa's individual matchups. I like the crowd at Kinnick Stadium. I like Iowa playing with nothing to lose, with their backs against the walls, against the Harbaugh machine. Hawkeyes linebacker Josey Jewell is the difference as Iowa pulls off the upset of the 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.