It's been a fun college football season in terms of outrageous outcomes in 2019. It seems like every week, we've had a game that flips the entire table on how we thought the season and College Football Playoff race were shaping up.
Week 12 of the season looks like it has the potential to keep that trend going. There are a couple of tasty matchups in the Big Ten and a border war in the SEC that have OUTRAGEOUS* written all over them. I have a hunch that the playoff committee will be putting in some overtime next week.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 12
Minnesota beats Iowa by three scores
Despite being the talk of college football for the past week, the Golden Gophers row the boat into Iowa City as underdogs. This is as much of a "prove it" game as Penn State was last weekend. Antoine Winfield Jr. is playing as well as any defender in the country. Look for the Minnesota defensive back to give Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley fits all day, while the Minnesota offense moves the ball up and down the field at Kinnick Stadium at will. The Gophers get a blowout win over another quality opponent and establish themselves as the class of the Big Ten West.
Michigan State stuns Michigan
There were people calling the Michigan State loss to Illinois last weekend the worst of Mark Dantonio's career. Some are even calling for his job. Now, it's Michigan week. The noise and controversy go away. Nothing that has happened this season means anything heading into this rivalry. Look for a focused Spartan squad to head to Ann Arbor with a care-free attitude and add to the narrative of Jim Harbaugh's inability to beat his rivals.
Nebraska upsets Wisconsin
The Huskers are going through a rebuild, both as a program and inside the walls of the locker room in 2019. Part of the blueprint for that rebuild is a signature win — something Nebraska doesn't have under Frost yet. That all changes this weekend, when Nebraska uses the same game plan Illinois used to take down the Badgers a couple of weeks ago. They'll load the box to stop Jonathan Taylor while keeping the Badger defense on it heels by staying in a fast-paced attack mode on offense.
Navy beats Notre Dame by double digits
The Irish have struggled all season with underperforming starters and stars as well as injuries. Last weekend, they suffered another injury, this time to defensive end Julian Okwara — arguably the team's best player. Now they'll need to focus on stopping Navy's triple-option attack without one of their best defenders and hope the offense can score on the majority of what will be limited possessions. This will be a game of patience, and I'm just not sure how much of that Notre Dame has left in the tank after what they've gone through this season — especially against a team as good as Navy.
Ole Miss takes down LSU
The Tigers are coming off of an emotional and physical win over Alabama. The Rebels will be looking to put an end to the party on the bayou. Ole Miss matches up well from a talent standpoint and really doesn't have a bad loss on the season. Keep an eye on what happens early. Look for Ole Miss to catch the Tigers sleepwalking early on, just like LSU did to Alabama a week ago. By the time the Tigers wake up, it will be too late, and the playoff committee will be putting in some extra hours this week.
*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. 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.