Week 1 of the 2015 college football season came and went without a whole lot of surprises. Don't get me wrong, there was some good football played. Then again, if you're like me, any football is good football. That said, nothing outrageous and earth shattering took place. What does that mean?
In my opinion, it means we're due. Sounds like a good reason to make a few outrageous college football predictions for Week 2.
BYU's Tanner Mangum will insert himself into the Heisman conversation
BYU hosts Boise State and Mangum gets his first start for the Cougars. He replaced Taysom Hill last weekend against Nebraska and went 7-of-11 for 111 yards and the winning score. His confidence was raised and so was the confidence his team has in him to be the guy going forward. He'll use his arsenal of 6-foot-5 receivers to carve up Boise State, knock them out of the New Year's Six conversation and place himself squarely in the mix for college football's most prestigious award.
Oklahoma will beat Tennessee by two touchdowns
This is supposed to be Tennessee's coming out party. Look for Bob Stoops' Sooners to put an end to the Volunteer hype-train with a sound and methodical beatdown of an average team that was looking for the exits all day against Bowling Green. The Vols gave up 424 yards through the air to Bowling Green's Matt Johnson. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield could threaten the 500-yard mark.
Oregon will knock Michigan State out of College Football Playoff contention
The Ducks are still faster and more explosive than the Spartans, and the location isn't going to matter. Michigan State lost too many dependable weapons on offense. The Spartan secondary — normally one of the best in the nation in recent years, looked lost at times against Western Michigan. Look for a big win from the Ducks, giving Michigan State the first of two possible losses that knock them out of the Playoff conversation.
Texas will start 0-2
If you are looking for the talent that you use to find on the Longhorns roster every year, check with TCU, Baylor and Texas A&M — they have that market cornered. In the meantime, you have an inexperienced roster full of average talent still getting used to a head coach who runs a tight ship. They'll square off with Rice, a squad that is treating the matchup with Texas like a bowl game. Once the Longhorns realize the Owls aren't just going to roll over, you'll start to see heads hang. Times are tough in Austin.
J.T. Barrett will start against Hawaii
Cardale Jones got the start against Virginia Tech. That means nothing. Urban Meyer has so much confidence in every spot on his depth chart, he doesn't think it matters who he plugs in — and it really doesn't — especially at quarterback. Hawaii is used to playing against signal-callers with big arms who chuck it all over the field. They'll spend the week preparing for Jones, only to have Meyer surprise everyone and run Barrett out there for the opening possession. It doesn't matter that it's Hawaii, Meyer is cold-blooded and will exploit every advantage in every game.