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Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 4

Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney

Week 3 of the 2016 college football season certainly had its share out outrageousness. We had the five-time defending FCS champion taking down Iowa in Iowa City, Ohio State beating Oklahoma in Norman by three touchdowns and Louisville obliterating the then-No. 2-ranked Florida State (which I said would happen in last week's predictions).

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Well, fans — strap in for another roller-coaster ride of a weekend, as Week 4 features some juicy matchups that lend themselves to the outrageous. As a bonus, we'll get out first taste of it all on Thursday night!

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 4

Georgia Tech upsets Clemson

Outside of their blowout win over South Carolina State this past weekend, the Clemson Tigers have not exactly looked the part of a national title contender. While focusing on the talent lost by Ohio State and Alabama since last season, it seems like the experts have underestimated the impact of some key departures at Clemson. The Tigers will make their way to Atlanta on Thursday for an ACC clash with a Georgia Tech team that looks like it's firing on all cylinders after a slow start to the season against Boston College. Georgia Tech's offense is tough enough to prepare for during a full week of practice. Clemson will have to face the Ramblin' Wreck rushing attack on a short week, not to mention deal with what appears to be a newfound and efficient Georgia Tech passing game. It's all going to be too much for the Tigers to deal with, as an ACC favorite is stunned for a second consecutive week.

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Idle Oklahoma falls out of the AP Top 25 Poll

The Sooners have already disappeared from the Coaches Poll. "Out of sight, out of mind" will be the narrative as Bob Stoops' team takes the week off to lick its wounds after a brutal start to the season. While the Sooners are home resting, Boise State, Cal and Western Michigan will be padding their resumes in hopes of impressing the voters and replacing Oklahoma in the poll. My guess is that one of the three succeed and the Sooners head into their game with TCU next weekend unranked.

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The Big Ten goes 0-2 against the Group of Five

The nation's oldest conference has had a pretty nice start to the season, earning itself a lot of positive recognition so far — including from some surprising sources. As good as it has been the two Big Ten teams facing Group of Five opponents this weekend are going to have their hands full. The Minnesota Golden Gophers haven't exactly looked like world-beaters so far this season. I like Colorado State to catch them sleeping, looking ahead to the upcoming Big Ten slate. Additionally, I don't have a lot of confidence in Purdue against Nevada. I had a lot of confidence in the Boilermakers heading into the season, but that disappeared after the egg they laid against Cincinnati. Don't be shocked to see Nevada running back James Butler hit the century mark for the third time this season en route to a double-digit Wolfpack win.

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Michigan blanks Penn State

I'm guessing Jim Harbaugh and Wolverine defensive coordinator Don Brown were not at all pleased about trailing Colorado for most of the first half. Michigan is far too talented on the defensive side of the ball to give up the kind of yards through the air that it did against a good-but-not-great passing attack. Look for the Wolverines to focus on shutting down the Penn State rushing attack early, leaving their capable defensive backs in one-on-one coverage for much of the first half. Once Wilton Speight and the offense get the lead, Brown's group will pin their ears back and tee off on Penn State quarterback Trace McSorely all day. Harbaugh is going to make a statement against the Nittany Lions and play for the shutout even with the game in hand. The fact that Penn State is currently scoring more than 35 points per game will make the feat that much more impressive.

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Florida State drops its second consecutive game

The loss to Louisville wasn't the sort of loss your just get over in a couple of day. It was a season-altering, demoralizing setback that can poison the overall outlook of a program. Unfortunately for the Seminoles, they follow up the Louisville game with a trip to Tampa to face a more-than-capable South Florida Bulls squad that can smell blood in the water. USF quarterback Quinton Flowers poses the same sort of threat that Lamar Jackson did last weekend. South Florida has playmakers all over the field ready to strike a Seminole defense that was exposed against Louisville. Florida State's only hope may be to win in a shootout, but I'm not sure they'll have the right mindset to do that just a few days removed from such an embarrassing loss.

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— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.