We're off and running! Week 1 of the 2019 college football season certainly didn't disappoint. We had upsets, blowouts, Heisman-caliber performances and plenty of outrageousnesses.
Unfortunately, I was unable to predict any of that last week. The closest I got was predicting Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier's arrival onto the national stage. I said he'd toss four touchdown passes. Instead, he threw for more than 400 yards.
We're back this week with five new OUTRAGEOUS* predictions. If I'm right, there are a couple of blue blood fan bases in the Big Ten who will not be having a great weekend.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 2
Missouri starts 0-2
This is a team that many had as a dark horse to win the SEC East. After last week's loss to Wyoming, we may want to reassess the situation in Columbia. There were high hopes for a team led by Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant at quarterback and an elite back in Larry Roundtree III. Bryant put up plenty of yards but not enough points to take down Wyoming. Roundtree had a flat-out disappointing night. To make matters worse, the Mizzou defense gave up nearly 400 yards of offense to Wyoming. None of that will cut it against West Virginia this weekend.
Ohio takes down Pitt
Frank Solich and his Ohio Bobcats are once again looking like one of the most formidable teams in the MAC. They are consistently one of the most consistent Group of 5 programs in the country, and always a tough out. They are not the sort of team the Pitt Panthers want to see strolling into the Steel City one week after losing their season opener at home to Virginia by 16 points. Things are going to get worse in Pittsburgh before they get better in 2019. That will be the case on Saturday.
Hank Bachmeier throws for 400 yards again
This kid is the real deal, and he'll be looking to make another statement Friday night in front of the nation. Marshall won't be able to pressure him or cover his receivers anywhere close to the way Florida State did. It'll be another night of video game-like passing numbers for the Boise State freshman signal-caller.
Colorado beats Nebraska by two scores
The Buffaloes had a tough time with in-state rival Colorado State last weekend, but that was to be expected. What was not expected by many in the Cornhusker State was Nebraska having a tough time with South Alabama. Husker quarterback Adrian Martinez looked lost and indecisive, his offensive line was weak at the point of attack, and the supposed high-powered Nebraska offense was outgained by an average Sun Belt team.
Now, Scott Frost's squad heads to Boulder to face a hungry Colorado team and a feisty crowd at Folsom Field. The Nebraska defense will be facing the best quarterback-receiver combo on their schedule. This has a chance to get ugly.
Army stuns Michigan
I've been calling this one since early in the summer. I've seen nothing from Michigan — including in their victory over Middle Tennessee last weekend — that tells me that these Wolverines are the juggernaut most expect them to be in 2019. On the flip side, Army is a well-coached team now accustomed to winning games. The Black Knights snuck away with a close one last week, but I'm chalking that up to looking ahead to the matchup in The Big House. I see a stingy defense and surgically precise offense frustrating the Wolverines all game, eventually leading to a costly mistake that turns the tide in favor of Army.
*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, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.