The beauty of sports, in particular college football, lies in their complete unpredictability and reality TV-like drama. Here's what might happen in Week 14.
Note: The point of this column is to have some fun and make some outlandish predictions. Please react accordingly.
Sun Devil Stadium will host the Pac-12 championship
Not only were the Sun Devils not expected to win the Pac-12 championship but they weren't even picked to win the Pac-12 South (unless, of course, you read Athlon Sports' preseason magazine). But not only has Arizona State clinched the South Division championship in just Todd Graham's second season but should they beat arch in-state rival Arizona in the Territorial Cup, Sun Devil Stadium would host the Pac-12 championship next weekend. Put your hand up if you had Stanford at Arizona State in the preseason?
Florida will lose by six touchdowns
The Gators have been pummeled by Vanderbilt for the first time since World War II and lost to an FCS foe for the first time — both at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium this month. What's worse? Florida State comes into town with a Heisman Trophy and BCS National Championship on the line. And no one has stopped the Seminoles. Florida State has won its last three games by a combined score of 198-to-20. The Noles were favored by 57 points against Idaho last weekend and they covered the spread plus nine. The Gators stand no chance and might post the worst home defeat in program history.
Ole Miss will finish sixth in the SEC West
The Rebels have been in and around the top 25 all season long. Ole Miss has wins over Vanderbilt, LSU and Texas and close calls with Texas A&M and Auburn. But when it loses the Egg Bowl on the road in Starkville against hated arch rival Mississippi State, Ole Miss would fall to sixth place in the SEC West. The 3-5 record would tie the Rebels with the Bulldogs and by virtue of a tiebreaker head-to-head loss, Ole Miss would finish ahead of only Arkansas. Not what Rebels fans were expecting to see at season’s end.
Washington will score 28 points in the 4th quarter to win the Apple Cup
Last season, a 2-9 Washington State surprised the nation by scoring 18 unanswered fourth-quarter points to send the game into overtime where it toppled bitter in-state rival Washington in the famed 2012 Apple Cup. This year, Mike Leach is already bowl-eligible with six wins and has a chance to finish third in the Pac-12 North division should they beat UW again. In a rivalry game where the unexpected should be considered normal, look for Washington to fall behind early and then storm back with four fourth-quarter touchdowns as an injured Keith Price does his best Willis Reed impersonation in Husky Stadium.
There will be a five-way tie in the ACC Coastal Division
Don’t believe me? Here is how it could happen. North Carolina is a five-point favorite over Duke, and with a win, the Tar Heels would finish in a tie at 5-3 with Duke. Georgia Tech is already in the ACC clubhouse with a 5-3 record. Virginia Tech should polish off Virginia in the Commonwealth Cup fairly easily, finishing their season 5-3 in the ACC. Lastly, Miami needs to win at Pittsburgh — the toughest piece of the five-way tie puzzle. Should Virginia Tech, Miami and North Carolina each win this weekend, there will be a five-way tie atop the ACC Coastal — and the Hokies would win based on a 3-1 head-to-head record. A four-way tie could go to either the Hokies or Canes with a three-way tie giving Georgia Tech a chance.
Alabama and Auburn will combine for less than 200 yards passing
The Tide is eighth in the SEC in passing offense (233.3 ypg) and Auburn is 11th (179.6 ypg). But when push comes to shove, both teams turn to a power rushing attack to win tough games. Auburn beat Tennessee 55-23 with three completed passes and is leading the SEC in rushing offense (320.3 ypg). Alabama is third in the SEC in rushing and pounded LSU into submission in the second half two weeks ago. Don’t be shocked to see over 100 rushing attempts in the game between these two teams with the SEC West and potential SEC and BCS championships hanging in the balance.