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Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 5

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College football never fails us. The sport is filled with drama and outrageousness each and every week. Week 4 of the 2016 season saw a couple of high-profile programs cut ties with some high-profile coaches due to some unimpressive starts to the season.

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The ramifications of those changes combined with results from around the country have set up a fifth week where, once again, it's anybody's guess what the landscape will look like on Monday. Some would-be contenders hit the road to prove themselves. Some will limp into matchups looking to salvage their season. And like every week, you can expect plenty of outrageous results.

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 5

Washington beats Stanford by double digits

The Cardinal were lucky to get out of the Rose Bowl alive last weekend. UCLA gave us yet another piece of the blueprint needed to beat Stanford, and you can bet that Washington head coach Chris Petersen was watching. His Huskies have arrived and are ready to insert themselves squarely into the College Football Playoff conversation. Led by quarterback Jake Browning — arguably college football's most underrated player this season — Washington is scoring more than 45 points per game. The Huskies got their first real test last week at Arizona, and that game prepped them for a top-10 tilt at home. Look for Petersen to scheme around taking Christian McCaffrey out of the game on offense, forcing Stanford to win with other playmakers who have yet to be identified. Washington's athleticism on defense should be enough to secure any lead Browning and the offense build early on. 

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Syracuse defeats Notre Dame

I didn't us the word "upset" — and that wasn't an accident. Sure, on paper, the Orange are not expected to win. That said, is anybody confident that the Fighting Irish can win a game on the road right now? When you combine the general disarray of the Notre Dame defense with that fact that Syracuse head coach Dino Babers is one of the better offensive minds in the game, that spells trouble for Brian Kelly's golden domers. Expect the Orange to play with house money, constantly testing the Notre Dame defense and keeping the Irish uncomfortable for four quarters. Expect another big day from Syracuse senior wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo en route to the biggest win of Babers' short tenure in Upstate New York to this point.

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Oklahoma steamrolls TCU

The Sooners have had two weeks to sit around and listen to everyone talk about their season being over. They are no longer ranked and all but eliminated from the College Football Playoff. Be that as it may, their only two losses have come to a couple of title contenders, and the Big 12 championship is still very much a realistic goal. Oklahoma is still a more talented team than the Horned Frogs, and I expect "Big Game" Bob Stoops to have the troops ready. Oklahoma may have stumbled through a brutal start to the season, but the Sooners aren't going anywhere, and the nation will find that out on Saturday.

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Iowa State upsets Baylor

Baylor hasn't exactly been lighting up the scoreboard like we've become accustomed to the bears doing over the last couple of seasons. In fact, they've looked very vulnerable at times in 2016. Iowa State is a tough team to get hyped for, and Ames is a tough place to play. The Cyclones are known to win a game or two that they probably shouldn't most seasons at home, and this looks like it could be the one this season. Look for Matt Campbell to out-coach Jim Grobe in every facet of the game and take advantage of groggy Baylor squad going through the motions in this early kickoff.

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Georgia Tech takes down Miami

I haven't been shy about the fact that I feel like the Hurricanes are the most overrated team in college football right now. They have no Power Five wins and their three opponents this season have a combined winning percentage of .250. On Saturday, they'll be dealing with a coach and a program that knows how to win on the big stage. Georgia Tech is a tough team to prepare for and will be Miami's toughest opponent to date. The Hurricanes have proven to be fairly stout against the run this season, so I wouldn't be shocked to see Yellow Jacket quarterback Justin Thomas taking a deep shot down the field off of play-action early just to keep the defense guessing. After that, look for the Ramblin' Wreck to expose Miami as frauds with that running game we all know about and a sneaky-good defense that tends to keep teams out of the end zone.

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— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.