The Iowa Hawkeyes delivered enough outrageousness this past weekend to last an entire season. Be that as it may, I don't think we've seen the last of the outrageous outcomes in 2017 — and we haven't seen the last of the Hawkeyes, either.
Here are this week's OUTRAGEOUS* college football predictions.
TCU knocks Baker Mayfield off of the top of the Heisman mountain
Last week we saw J.T. Barrett lay an egg. This week, it's Mayfield's turn, as he faces a Horned Frogs defense that has surrendered a total of 20 points in its last four games combined. That's a far cry from the poor excuse for a defense that Oklahoma State put in front of Mayfield a week ago. Look for TCU to put plenty of pressure on the Sooners' quarterback, forcing him into making several questionable decisions with the football that subsequently lead to several turnovers and a Horned Frogs win.
Saquon Barkley vaults back to the top of the Heisman race
Penn State's dynamic running back has fallen off in recent weeks, but now is as good a time as ever for him to re-insert his name back into the Heisman conversation. James Franklin needs to get his team back on the winning track, and the best way to do that is by getting the ball to the best football player in the nation as often as he can. Look for at least 200 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards and at least three touchdowns from Barkley as Penn State stomps Rutgers.
Florida State stuns Clemson
Despite their record and downright horrible 2017 season thus far, the Seminoles are still a very talented football team. When you combine that talent, the fact that they have nothing to lose and a Clemson team coming off of an emotionally taxing win, you have all the makings for an upset. I like Florida State to be this weekend's Iowa.
Michigan State keeps rolling, Ohio State keeps reeling
The Spartans used their back-alley brawling style to take down Penn State last weekend. Look for more of the same as they face a Buckeyes squad that was downright embarrassed a week ago. Urban Meyer's club is tired and dejected, while Mark Dantonio's Spartans can smell a division title and a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game. Sparty's physicality proves too much for an Ohio State team that is ready to take its ball and go home.
Iowa eliminates the Big Ten from the College Football Playoff
I don't believe last weekend was a fluke. I think it was a team full of under-recruited, future NFL players reaching their full potential on the biggest stage. Iowa is loaded with special talent on both sides of the ball, and when it comes together, the Hawkeyes can play with and beat any team. I'm not sure Wisconsin's "rope-a-dope" style of pounding the ball and playing gritty defense is going to carry the Badgers to victory against a team that can't wait to get back on the field and keep it rolling. Down goes Wisconsin, and with the loss, out of playoff contention goes the Big Ten.
*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. He also covers the Big Ten for Black Heart Gold Pants, Iowa's SB Nation blog. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.