There aren't many sexy matchups this weekend, but there is plenty of room for outrageousness
This is the weekend where a lot of college football heavyweights like to schedule cupcakes in order to rest up before big rivalry games to end the season. As a result, we don't get many sexy matchups on paper. Be that as it may, if this weekend goes anything like the rest of the 2017 season has, we might be in for plenty of OUTRAGEOUS* outcomes.
Here are the outrageous predictions for Week 12 of the 2017 college football season.
Michigan takes down Wisconsin
There is a lot of conversation about the Badgers and whether or not they could still get left out of the College Football Playoff if they ran the table. Well, here come the Wolverines. They seem to have found themselves on offense ever since freshman Brandon Peters took over at quarterback. They have a legit passing attack, which has opened up more room for an already dangerous running game. Defensively, the Michigan front seven is built to a man to stop the lethal rushing attack. Look for the Wolverines to turn this game into a little bit of a shootout that Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook is not equipped to win.
Kentucky stuns Georgia
The Bulldogs will still be licking their wounds after the beatdown they took from Auburn last weekend. They'll need to heal up fast, because a Kentucky squad that is already bowl-bound and still trending up is coming to town. Auburn drew up the blueprint for success against Georgia, and you can bet the Wildcats are going to implement a little bit of it into what they already do. Look for Benny Snell Jr. — one of the most underrated running backs in the country — to rattle off his fourth consecutive 100-yard game en route to a stunning Kentucky win.
Texas Tech knocks off TCU
All of the pressure is on the Horned Frogs in this one. They mut win out to secure a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. The first step in doing that is winning a game in Lubbock with an early kickoff in front of a hostile crowd. TCU is still going to be reeling from the loss to Oklahoma last weekend. I'm not sure they are going to be mentally prepared to deal with Texas Tech's high-powered passing attack. Look for a big day from Red Raiders quarterback Nic Shimonek to be the driving force behind this upset, knocking TCU out of Big 12 title game contention for the time being.
Nebraska shocks Penn State
Mike Riley may be on his way out in Lincoln, but it doesn't change the fact that his teams almost always pull off a huge win at a time when nobody expects them to. They time has not happened in 2017 — yet. This weekend, the Cornhuskers travel to Happy Valley to face a Penn State team that has to be disappointed with how its season has turned out. The fan base is in the same boat, so don't expect the crowd at Beaver Stadium to be rocking like it's a White Out to welcome lowly Nebraska. The Huskers have some dangerous pieces on offense who can do a lot of damage — especially if offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf is pulling out all the stops. Penn State is going to get their points, but look for the Huskers to be able to move the ball and score points of their own to keep pace. I like a big special teams play to be the difference in this one, with Nebraska pulling off the upset in the name of pride.
Rutgers beats Indiana
This alone would not be shocking, but it would be the first of two wins to end the season that get the Scarlet Knights bowl eligible. Rutgers head coach Chris Ash has done a tremendous job to get his team in this position. They'll be motivated to get this one so they can go home and host Michigan State next weekend with bowl eligibility on the line. THE SCARLET KNIGHTS MIGHT GO BOWLING!
*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.