I've been making these outrageous college football predictions here for a couple of years now. More often than not, I whiff on about four per week.
But there is almost always one I get right.
Despite all of the colorful comments and career recommendations I get each and every week for making some of these picks, there is almost always one fan base that subsequently has to eat its words after the games are played. These predictions are not supposed to come true. The fact that I hit on roughly one per week should strike fear into the hearts of any fan of any team I predict to fail that weekend.
If your team is mentioned in a negative light in these OUTRAGEOUS* predictions, I would recommend holding off on sliding into my DMs until the game has been played — just a suggestion.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 2
FAU starts 0-2
There was probably a lot of soul-searching being done as the FAU Owls rode the Lane Train back to Florida following their blowout loss to the Sooners last weekend. Coach Kiffin's club doesn't has too much time to dwell on that defeat, as Air Force — a disciplined team that is difficult to prepare for — is about to pay a visit. The Falcons pitched a shutout in their opener against FCS opponent Stony Brook last weekend, holding the Seawolves to one yard per carry on the ground. FAU is no Stony Brook, but this is a case of an experience and disciplined squad who knows who they are and what they do facing a talented-yet-reeling team full of fractured egos. I like Air Force all day.
Pitt upsets Penn State
I don't know if Pitt is a better football team than Appalachian State, but I am quite certain the Panthers are more talented to a man. After escaping an upset loss last weekend, the Nittany Lions will have no time to catch their breath before making the trip to Pittsburgh to face a Panther team that will be playing with house money. James Franklin's team looked as if they were still trying to figure out who they were last weekend. Facing a Pat Narduzzi-coached team on the road is going to put a hiccup in the process.
Arizona State beats Michigan State by two scores
I don't believe what we saw from the Spartans against Utah State was a fluke — and I was as high on Michigan State heading into the season as anyone. I saw a defense that struggled to get off the field and an offense that couldn't impose its will on a physically inferior opponent. The Sun Devils — coached by Herm Edwards — are going to be foaming at the mouth to unleash their speed and new brand of physicality on Michigan State. Look for Arizona State to come away with a sound win and put the Pac-12 on notice.
Bryce Love fails to rush for 100 yards again
Love had a hard time finding running room against San Diego State last weekend. Conventional wisdom says he'll have an easier time against a USC defense that gave up gaudy numbers to UNLV on the ground.
I wouldn't connect those dots just yet.
USC has an offense that can hang points quickly, and pounding the ball with Love is not how Stanford keeps pace in this one. His stat line should improve, but Bryce Love will fail to hit the century mark for the second time in two games.
Texas A&M stuns Clemson
Jimbo Fisher knows exactly what he's getting into when Clemson comes to town on Saturday. He also knows how to beat a Dabo Swinney-coached team. He's done it four times. This time around, Fisher will enter the matchup as the head coach of a Texas A&M squad filled with athletes on the edge who are able to minimize the impact of Clemson's elite front four. Look for Texas A&M to get the ball to superback Trayveon Williams via a heavy load of screens and swing passes, neutralizing the Clemson defense and keeping the Tigers on their heels. When Clemson has the ball, it will be constant blitzes and crowd noise that throws off the timing and communication of the Tigers' quarterbacks, leading to the first major upset of the 2018 college football season.
*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. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.