The first full week of the 2017 college football season had a bit of everything. We saw some offenses that lit up the scoreboards, some defenses that held their ground and some upstarts pull off a couple of upsets.
Week 2 has a few interesting matchups that lend themselves to some outrageous outcomes. After going 2-for-5 last week, it's time for a new batch of OUTRAGEOUS* predictions!
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 2
Indiana's Richard Lagow tops 400 yards through the air again
I called this last week and Lagow delivered against Ohio State. This week, he leads the Hoosier passing attack against a Virginia squad not nearly as equipped to stop his aerial assault. Lagow managed to find time in the pocket against what might be the best front seven in college football a week ago. He'll have no trouble keeping his uniform clean as he looks downfield to target his talented group of receivers this week. He might even threaten the 500-yard mark.
Texas starts the season 0-2
The common sense part of me says the Longhorns will regroup and refocus after the painful loss at home to Maryland last weekend. The outrageous part of me says that was the sort of game that can break a team – regardless of who the coach is. Tom Herman now must figure out a way for his team to get hyped up to play San Jose State. The Spartans hung around with South Florida longer than many thought they would. Now the upstart Mountain West team from California makes its way to Austin with nothing to lose. This could get interesting.
Iowa goes another week without allowing a touchdown
The Hawkeyes opened the season with a sound victory over Wyoming, keeping highly touted NFL quarterback prospect Josh Allen and the Cowboy offense out of the the end zone all day. Iowa's front seven is solid, and I don't expect Iowa State to be able to move the ball very well against the Hawkeyes. That means Cyclone quarterback Jacob Park will be frequently dropping back to pass while trying to avoid that same defensive front, throwing the ball into a secondary that held Allen to 174 yards while picking him off twice. I'll be stunned if the Cyclones cross the goal line.
Six Pac-12 teams suffer losses
I'll keep this simple. USC plays Stanford, so there's one loss. After that, Oregon (vs. Nebraska), Oregon State (vs. Minnesota), Arizona (vs. Houston), Arizona State (vs. San Diego State) and Washington State (vs. Boise State) will all came up short in their respective contests. It's going to be a tough week for the Pac-12.
Oklahoma beats Ohio State by double digits
Not surprisingly, the Sooners had no trouble dispatching UTEP. On the other hand, Ohio State found itself in a bit of a dog fight with Indiana through three quarters. The Buckeyes may have been exposed in the process. They were able to wear down Indiana's offensive line over time and eventually get to the quarterback that had been surgically carving them up. That will be a bit of a tougher task against Oklahoma this week, as the Sooners field one of the top offensive line units in the country. Add to that a scary-efficient Baker Mayfield delivering the ball to another talented corps of receivers ready to give a young Buckeye secondary fits, and Ohio State is in trouble. I see the Buckeyes wearing down first in this back-and-forth slugfest as the Sooners pull away in the fourth quarter.
*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.