Last week was probably the most exciting of the 2019 college football season so far. As far as outrageous predictions went, I hit on three of the five.
Not a bad weekend, all thing considered.
Heading into Week 5 of the season, we've got some undefeated teams putting on the line against some feisty upstarts, while some players and teams look to make powerful statements to the rest of the country. It all opens the door for the OUTRAGEOUS* to occur.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 5
Arizona State knocks Cal from the ranks of the undefeated
You could make the argument that Cal has the two most impressive road wins of the season -- one at Washington and another at Ole Miss. Now the Golden Bears welcome in the Sun Devils, who are fresh off a disappointing loss to Colorado. Herm Edwards' squad will be extra motivated to get back in the win column and the Pac-12 South race. The pressure is all on Cal, as the last unbeaten team in the conference. Look for them to have trouble scoring against an underrated Arizona State defense.
Ohio State drops 60 on Nebraska
ESPN is setting up its wildly popular pregame show in Lincoln for this one, and all eyes will be on the Sea of Red as Nebraska welcomes one of the nation's elite teams to Memorial Stadium. The Cornhuskers have looked sloppy all season, including in their come-from-behind win last weekend against Illinois. You can make up for mistakes and penalties against the Fighting Illini and South Alabamas of the world. Doing so against the Buckeyes is an entirely different challenge. The Huskers are still a year away from being able to run with the best teams in the land. Ohio State will prove that this Saturday, putting the game away by halftime.
Charlie Brewer throws for 400 yards against Iowa State
Brewer had his best game of the season against Rice two weeks ago, as he eclipsed the 300-yard mark through the air for the first time in 2019. He's had an extra week to get ready for the Cyclones. Look for him to keep the momentum rolling, as Baylor turns this game into a high-powered shootout in which Iowa State is unable to keep up the pace.
Kansas State beats Oklahoma State by double digits
New Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman has brought a winning culture and one of the country's best offensive line coaches in Conor Riley to Manhatten. Look for Kansas State to control the tempo with a solid rushing attack on offense, limiting Oklahoma State's possessions and keeping their seasoned defense fresh against a high-powered Cowboys offense. Mike Gundy wants a shootout, but Kansas State will dictate how this one plays out en route to a sound win and a statement to the rest of the Big 12.
North Carolina takes Clemson to overtime
It seems like we always see the Tigers stumble at some point in the season, even when they run the table like in 2018. This has the look of that game in 2019. The Tar Heels have shown some swagger early on this season before dropping two straight. The loss to Appalachian State was a wake-up call. Mack Brown thrives on big games. He'll have his team playing with house money and the defending champions looking for the exits in this one.
*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.