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Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 6


In terms of entertainment, it'll be tough to top what we saw go down in Week 5 of the college football season. Clemson, Louisville, Wisconsin and Michigan were all involved in some games for the ages. A new contender emerged in the Pacific Northwest, and the ultra-exciting 2016 season rolled on.

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Related: Poll Watch — Louisville and Wisconsin Get Respect; Washington Enters Title Discussion

Week 6 promises to bring with it even more entertainment, along with some outrageous outcomes that will undoubtedly alter the narrative of the season from here on out. Some title hopes will takes serious hits, while one Heisman favorite will see his dream of winning the trophy all but fade away.

Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 6

Editor’s note: This was originally posted on Wednesday before the SEC announced on Thursday that Saturday’s scheduled game between LSU and Florida had been “postponed indefinitely” due to the projected impact of Hurricane Matthew.

LSU routes Florida

The Tigers looked like a completely different team last weekend under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. Actually, they looked like the team we all thought might take the field to begin the season. On Saturday, LSU will carry the momentum of its impressive win over Missouri into "The Swamp" to play a Florida team that failed the only other significant test it has faced this season. We already knew LSU could run the ball well, but quarterback Danny Etling has brought significant balance to the Tigers' offensive attack. Suddenly, LSU is a handful on both sides of the ball, and the Gators just don't have the horses to match up.

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Washington State takes down Stanford

Stanford has yet to look overly impressive at any point in 2016. They were flat out exposed last Friday night against Washington, and have yet to prove they can win without Christian McCaffrey carrying the load. Look for Mike Leach to do exactly what Chris Petersen did — focus on shutting down the Heisman contender and challenge the Stanford offense to beat you in a shootout. The Cardinal are not equipped to do that. They'll lose their second consecutive game and McCaffrey will tumble out of the Heisman race in the process.

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Maryland wins on the road, will be ranked on Sunday

Maryland simply winning at Penn State is not outrageous to comprehend. The outrageousness is the totality of the idea that the Terrapins are knocking on the door of 5-0 and are about to be in the top 25 of both major polls — and we're in October! First-year head coach DJ Durkin has injected energy and confidence into the Maryland program. His efforts have every Big Ten team left on Maryland's schedule on notice.

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The Midshipmen do not focus on what went wrong in the past. All they know how to do is focus on the task at hand. This week, the focus is on Tom Herman — the hottest coaching commodity in college football right now — and his College Football Playoff-minded Houston Cougars. To beat Herman and the Cougars, you have got to be different in your approach than what they normally see. Navy's offensive attack is exactly that. You also need to be disciplined, and there aren't many more disciplined college athletes in the country than what you'll find walking around Annapolis. Look for Navy to attack Houston's strength — its rush defense — with the most elaborate and effective rushing attack the Cougars have seen this season.

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Arkansas stuns Alabama

If not now, then when? This looks like the best chance for Alabama to trip up before the SEC Championship Game, so I'm calling the upset. Fayetteville is not an easy place for visiting teams to begin with. Factor that in along with a number of playmakers on Arkansas' offense that are more talented than what the Crimson Tide has seen this year, and you've got trouble. Bret Bielema has a history of taking down high-ranking opponents at home, and this would be his biggest coup to date.

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