Don't count out Jim Harbaugh and Michigan just yet
Forget outrageous outcomes for a minute. Right now, we're just happy if games get played. As of early Friday morning, the Week 11 Saturday slate of games no longer includes 12 matchups that have postponed or canceled altogether as a result of COVID-19 protocols around the country.
At this point, any game that's played should be considered a blessing.
In any event, there are still plenty of college football games to be played this weekend, and a couple of them are sure to have some outrageous outcomes. Here are the OUTRAGEOUS predictions for Week 11 of the 2020 season.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 11
Michigan beats Wisconsin by double digits
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines are struggling. Talk of the head coach either being fired or leaving the program on his own to take an NFL job are heating up, and nobody expects much from the Wolverines the rest of this season. That's usually right about when talented teams lock it in and remind us just how talented they are. Look for Michigan to come out of the gates strong against a Wisconsin team that hasn't played a game since Oct. 23. When they did play, the Badgers struggled to run the ball. Look for the Wolverine defense to pin their ears back and attack the quarterback consistently, en route to a sound win.
Rutgers gets its second Big Ten win of the season
The Scarlet Knights won on opening weekend and actually looked competitive at times against what are now two top-10 teams. This weekend, head coach Greg Schiano and his club host an Illinois team that might be the worst in the Big Ten West. I like the odds for the Scarlet Knights, especially at home. If you told Rutger fans their team would be 2-2 after four games, most of them would take it.
Iowa holds Mohamed Ibrahim under 100 rushing yards
Nobody in the FBS has run for more yards per game than Minnesota's Ibrahim. He has carried the Golder Gophers offense this season, and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is very aware of that. Look for Iowa to focus on taking Ibrahim away as an option, packing the box, and betting that Minnesota's passing attack can't win in man-to-man. I like Iowa to shut down Ibrahim en route to a hard-fought win on Friday night in Minneapolis.
*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.
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— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.