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Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 5

USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton

USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton

The 2018 college football season keeps rolling along, and with it comes another week of games full of outrageous potential.

It would be tough to top last weekend's Old Dominion upset of Virginia Tech, but as the Monarchs demonstrated to the nation, anything is possible in college football.

This weekend, we will see records and contenders fall, and upstart team continue to rise and one coaches hot seat go into full meltdown.

Here are the OUTRAGEOUS* college football predictions for Week 5.

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 5

Kentucky beats South Carolina by double digits

The Kentucky Wildcats are 4-0 and we're not talking about basketball! Mark Stoops has himself a very good football team, complete with a stingy defense and a workhorse running back. The Wildcats are built to compete and win in the SEC, having proven that already with wins over Florida and Mississippi State. As the nation keeps waiting for this bluegrass bubble to burst, Kentucky will keep winning — and does so convincingly.

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Notre Dame beats Stanford by three scores

The Irish defense has been playing at a championship level this season. Last week, Brian Kelly made a switch at quarterback and al of a sudden his offense matches his defense. That's bad news for the rest of the teams on Notre Dame's schedule, starting with Stanford this Saturday. The Cardinal needed to mount a pretty amazing comeback to leave Eugene, Oregon with a win last week. Now they'll travel halfway across the country to another hostile environment to take on one of the very best teams in the land. That's a lot to ask, and it will catch up to David Shaw's bunch this weekend.

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Syracuse stuns Clemson again

The Orange pulled off the win over Clemson on Friday the 13th last October in the Carrier Dome. They don't fear the Tigers or the trip to Death Valley. Dino Babers' club comes into this matchup with the same record as Dabo Swinney's team, and the Syracuse defense will be ready to pin its ear back and come after true freshman QB Trevor Lawrence all day. In the battle of the best first names in college coaching, Dino has a leg up at the quarterback position, and notches his second straight win over Dabo.

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Ryan Finley breaks the NC State single-game passing record

There may not be a more under-the-radar undefeated team in the Power 5 than the NC State Wolfpack. Ryan Finley — one of the best pure passers in the nation — has led the way, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark through the air in just three games. He'll continue his tear on Saturday against Virginia, announcing himself to the nation and breaking Shane Montgomery's school record of 535 yards.

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Clay Helton is unemployed by Monday

USC athletic director Lynn Swann is no Pat Hayden, so I don't expect anyone to be left alone on the tarmac, but he will not stand by and watch the Trojans fall out of national relevance. Look for Khalil Tate and the Arizona Wildcats move the ball up and down the field with relative ease all night in Tucson, prompting Swann to pull the trigger on both a much-needed coaching and culture change before the new week begins.

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*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,, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.