If the first two weeks of the 2016 college football season have taught us anything, it's that no team is safe. We've already had teams we thought were almost shoo-ins to make the College Football Playoff lose games and find themselves on the brink of elimination from national contention.
In Week 3, the outrageous outcomes shall continue, as a number of contenders will have their fraudulence exposed. Some will lose to other contenders, while others will just be caught sleeping.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 3
Oklahoma State drops its second game in a row
Last weekend stunned me, as I had the Cowboys as my dark-horse pick to win the Big 12 and qualify for the Playoff. Forget the controversial end to the game against Central Michigan, Oklahoma State looked flat out average at best throughout the day. It was the passing game that caused the Cowboys fits on defense last Saturday. This weekend, it will be Pitt's punishing rushing attack wearing down the Pokes all afternoon, complimented by a vintage Pat Narduzzi defensive effort to stymie Oklahoma State for a second consecutive week.
Appalachian State "upsets" Miami
The quotes are meant to be snarky, just in case there were any questions. I won't consider this an upset personally, but Miami's borderline-laughable ranking in the AP Top 25 combined with the Hurricanes being anywhere from a 3.5- to four-point favorite would would make it so on paper. Miami has two wins this season, one over an FCS school and one over a team from the Group of Five. Those two programs combined for four total wins in 2015. As Tennessee found out in Knoxville two weeks ago, Appalachian State is a quality team that brings it each and every week. Miami isn't just walking into a trap. The Canes are about to be ambushed.
The Big Ten runs the table
I made the same prediction last weekend for the SEC and nailed it (Let's just not talk about my UCF over Michigan pick). This week, look for the Big Ten to come out on top of every game the conference plays in. Don't get it twisted — I'm not going all in because league members play a slate of cupcakes. Nebraska hosts Oregon, Michigan hosts Colorado, Ohio State travels to Oklahoma, Illinois hosts Western Michigan, Northwestern hosts Duke and Michigan State travels to Notre Dame. I like the Big Ten in all of those games.
Louisville beats Florida State by double digits
Louisville has started fast in both of its games so far. I don't expect that to change in this one, meaning Louisville will jump out to another comfortable lead early. The starting quarterbacks for both teams have been spectacular so far this season, but few have been better than Lamar Jackson. Once the Cardinals have the lead, look for Jackson to pilot the Louisville running game to clock-killing perfection en route to a big win at home over the Seminoles.
Ole Miss takes down Alabama for the third straight year
The Rebels are always up for Alabama, and the crowd in Oxford is going to be behind them in their SEC opener against the Crimson Tide. Ole Miss is one of the few teams in the country with the horses to go toe-to-toe with Alabama on both sides of the ball. I like Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly to have another great game against a young Alabama secondary. On the other side of the ball, Ole Miss has a collection of defenders whose collective skill level is several notches above anything Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has seen in his young college career.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.