Last weekend, we watched the defending national champions lose, Notre Dame lay an egg and the Big 12 beat itself up even more. The landscape looks quite a bit different than it did one week ago. That's why they play the games.
Don't get comfortable.
As much as it looks like Week 12 changed the narrative of the 2015 season, Week 13 threatens to potentially restore order in some places while simultaneously turning everything on its head in others.
Here are the outrageous predictions for Week 13 of the college football season.
Ohio State qualifies for the Big Ten Championship game
You didn't think that was it, did you? You really thought a field goal would ruin the entire season for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes? Not a chance.
Consider this prediction a 2-for-1 deal.
Not only will the Buckeyes rebound by blasting the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, look for Michigan State to go down at home to Penn State. It's one thing to ride an emotional high to a win over Ohio State. It's another to close the deal against a team that matches up so well. Buckeyes win, Sparty loses and Ohio State faces Iowa for all of the B1G marbles — and maybe more.
Georgia Tech ends Georgia's Mark Richt era
Forget the Les Miles drama, the door is open and waiting for Mark Richt to walk out of it in Athens as well. Another disappointing regular season during the Richt-era will culminate in his Bulldogs roaming the field aimlessly on defense, trying to shut down Paul Johnson's option with no success. The Yellow Jackets will come away with a sound win over a team that has lost its heart, and Richt will likely be gone the next day.
Stanford ends the dream for Notre Dame
I had a conversation at Fenway with a couple of Notre Dame assistants on Saturday. They tried to convince me that a one-loss Notre Dame would get into the College Football Playoff ahead of an unbeaten Iowa. I politely disagreed. Then I watched Notre Dame stumble their way to a win over Boston College, losing their starting running back along the way. Our conversation was moot. If Boston College had a legit tailback to help sustain drives, Notre Dame loses that game by 10. Look for Stanford to roll a battered and broken Irish team with a heavy dose of Christian McCaffrey.
You guessed it, Auburn upsets Alabama...again
Alabama has looked good against largely overrated SEC West this season. Now, they'll try to use the recipe that has worked so far (an elite tailback and an above average defense) to defeat a hated rival in a game where records don't matter. This is the Iron Bowl. It's a big game for both sides, but for Auburn, it's their season. They have little else to play for and nothing to lose. Look for the Tigers to load the box and force Jake Coker to beat them. It's a strategy that'll work, and it — along with the rest of the outrageous predictions this week — will open the door for the Ohio State Buckeyes to defend their national championship.