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Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 3

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College football is in full swing and we're already seeing pretenders fall and contenders rise. We've seen some fantastic individual performances, phenomenal finishes and unfortunately, some season-ending injuries. What we haven't seen this far, however, is anything really outrageous (unless you count Jacksonville State taking Auburn to overtime).

Sounds like a great time to make some outrageous college football predictions for Week 3.

Chad Kelly will emerge from the Ole Miss-Alabama game as the Heisman front-runner

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I told you at the beginning of the season that Kelly would eventually win the award. This is the weekend he moves into the driver's seat. Look for him to top 300 yards and three touchdowns through the air and punch in another score on the ground in a big win over the Crimson Tide.

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Boston College will knock off Florida State

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The Seminoles are ripe for the picking after a sluggish start against South Florida. The Eagles are going to wear down Florida State's defense with a slow, methodical run game — opening the door for a big fourth quarter where Darius Wade seal the deal with two touchdown passes to pull away. On the other side of the ball, look for Boston College to pick off Everett Golson no less than two times in key situations.

Auburn upsets LSU at Death Valley

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Truth be told, all we really know about LSU is that the Tigers pulled out a squeaker over a Mississippi State team that struggled with Southern Miss. Auburn on the other hand, was flat out embarrassed a week ago. Highlights of its overtime win at home against Jacksonville State seemed to play on loop on the major networks, and resulted in an early-season exit from the top 10 in the major polls. Look for Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson to correct his turnover issues and lead his Tigers to a win in a huge SEC West contest.

Notre Dame beats Georgia Tech by three scores

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A lot of people are wanting to write the Irish off on the back of the injury to Malik Zaire. Pump the brakes! Notre Dame won't miss a beat on offense, starting this weekend against Georgia Tech. Look for DeShone Kizer to to put on an aerial clinic against the Yellow Jackets, supported by Notre Dame's best defensive performance of the season. This will be a true statement game for the Irish, as they announce to the rest of the nation that they're still contenders.

The BYU-UCLA winner will end up in the College Football Playoff

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This shootout of star freshmen quarterbacks will have national title implications. A loss for BYU likely dooms its title hopes. A loss for UCLA makes the road to the College Football Playoff extremely difficult. The winner, regardless of which team, will be staring down a schedule where they may be the favorite to win every remaining game and run the table. Consider this the first Playoff elimination game of the season.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Scott is the editor-in-chief of, a Big Ten site for Big Ten fans. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.