The most exciting week of the season thus far provides plenty of opportunities for the outrageous to occur
The first couple of weeks of the 2019 college football season have been fine. There's really no such thing as bad football in my opinion because anytime I can turn on the television and see the sport live, I consider it a good day.
There is, however, great football.
This weekend's college football slate is full of what appears to be several great games. Nearly all (22) of the AP Top 25 teams are in action in Week 4, and three games feature matchups of those ranked teams. A slate of games like that opens the door for plenty of OUTRAGEOUS* outcomes.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 4
Kansas starts a winning streak
And we're not even talking about basketball! The Jayhawks won a big road game last weekend against Boston College. It was a momentum builder and a swagger booster, and Les Miles' club is hungry for more. They welcome to Lawrence a West Virginia team that has looked average, at best, in 2019. Games like this are why Miles is coaching again. Look for Kanas to log its second consecutive win and get halfway to bowl eligibility.
Pitt upsets UCF
Pat Narduzzi's Panthers have lost a couple of early games to some quality teams. They've fought hard in both games, but just came up short. Now they have a high-profile opponent coming to town, who — if we're being honest — may not be able to match up with Pitt in terms of physicality. Look for Pitt to turn this game into a low-scoring dogfight and hit a big special teams play to hand UCF its first regular-season loss since 2016.
USC stuns Utah
Coming off a loss to BYU and the departure of Lynn Swann as athletic director, a lot of people are wondering how much longer Clay Helton is at the helm of the Trojan program. The players feel the pressure and hear the noise. This is a talented USC team to a man. Look for them to rally around their head coach in front of the home crowd and make a major statement to the rest of the still very winnable Pac-12.
Wisconsin beats Michigan by 21 points
The Wisconsin football program is a well-oiled, plug-and-play machine. The parts change, and they keep winning. This year — led by Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor — they are winning big and dominating on both sides of the ball. Shame on me and anyone else who underestimated Wisconsin before the season began.
As far as Michigan, these Wolverines have issues and are not exactly living up to their preseason hype. They had a hard time stopping the Army rushing attack in key moments and haven't looked dominant consistently on either side of the ball during their first two games. Now they go into one of the toughest places in the country and try to get a win over a team that might just be better than they are at every position. This doesn't end well.
Notre Dame beats Georgia by double digits
Nobody, and I mean nobody is picking Notre Dame to win this game. All I hear is how tough it is to win "between the hedges," how good Georgia's offensive line is, and how fast the Bulldog defense is.
Notre Dame comes into the game playing with house money. They are a two-touchdown underdog, but armed with an elite trio of pass rushers ready to make life miserable for Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm on every obvious passing down. That's going to create a game-changing turnover or two.
Offensively, the Irish don't seem to have any household-name stars outside of quarterback Ian Book. There's a reason for that. Injuries have forced the Irish to utilize a variety of options at the skill positions. They run multiple sets that feature different position groupings, and you can't just prepare to stop what they do offensively. They do a lot of different things with a lot of different players.
There is always one game early in the season in which the outcome flips the table on how we thought everything would pan out. The game in Athens on Saturday night is that game. Look for Notre Dame to shock the college football world.
*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.