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Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 13

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We're down to just a couple more weekends before we know which four teams will be competing in the College Football Playoff. Rivalry weekend has historically had huge implications on the national championship picture, and 2017 should be no different. There are a handful of games on the schedule whose results have the potential to turn the whole process on its head.

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Let's get down to business. Here are the OUTRAGEOUS* predictions for Week 13.

West Virginia takes down Oklahoma

College Football Top 25 Rankings: WVU

The Mountaineers have played their best opponents very close all season. Don't let the location of this game fool you. Oklahoma's only loss of the year came in Norman at the hands of Iowa State. West Virginia is a more explosive team on offense, and will challenge the Sooner defense right from the kickoff. I feel like there may be a general lack of focus on Oklahoma's part right now. Between the saga of Baker Mayfield, the looming Big 12 Championship Game and the Sooners' spot in the College Football Playoff conversation, I don't know if they are ready for a competitive game with West Virginia. The Mountaineers get the upset on the road.

South Carolina upsets Clemson

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You could make the argument that the Gamecocks will be the most physical opponent Clemson has faced this season. Look for South Carolina to come out swinging early in front of a raucous home crowd. Like the Sooners, Clemson may be looking past this matchup. The Gamecocks just faced a Georgia team a couple of weeks ago that might be better on both sides of the ball than Clemson. They held their own, and that's going to give South Carolina some extra confidence. Look for Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp (above, right) to dial up a defensive scheme that attacks and puts pressure on Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant all night. In the end, a big special teams play will turn the tide in South Carolina's favor in a close and exciting game.

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Purdue goes bowling!

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Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana will not only be the site of the annual in-state rivalry game between the Hoosiers and Boilermakers — it also will be the site for a postseason elimination game. Both teams head into the contest with 5-6 records. The winner is going to go to a bowl game. The loser is going to watch the postseason festivities from home. I like the Boilermakers to use the momentum from last week's road win at Iowa to take down the Hoosiers and go bowling for the first time since 2012.

Stanford beats Notre Dame by two touchdowns

I'm just going off what these two head coaches have done during their tenure. Brian Kelly's Notre Dame teams are 7-10 in the month of November since 2014. David Shaw's Stanford teams are 12-4 during the same stretch. One program knows hows to close out a year, while the other one has trouble doing so. The cross-country trip and the lack of motivation related to playing for anything are going to do the Irish in. Stanford wins big.

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Alabama beats Auburn by three touchdowns

College Football Top 25 Rankings: Alabama

There has been a lot of chatter recently about whether or not a two-loss Auburn can crash the College Football Playoff. Alabama is about to silence that conversation in a big way. Nick Saban's Crimson Tide teams have a tendency to sleepwalk through most of the regular season — I assume out of boredom. But this is the Iron Bowl. This is the first of likely four huge games to close out the season for Alabama. I like the Tide to dominate the Tigers in all three facets of the game from wire to wire, with quarterback Jalen Hurts topping 300 yards through the air and 100 yards on the ground.

*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.