Several players are poised to make big Heisman statements on Saturday
For many college football teams around the country, this weekend marks the halfway point for the 2018 season. We've already seen some pretty amazing performances from several teams and players, and that's sure to continue in Week 6.
The race for the College Football Playoff seems like one to see which team gets to be the runner-up at this point, but the race for the Heisman Trophy is wide open. Look for a couple of Heisman candidates to post some OUTRAGEOUS* numbers this weekend.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 6
Kentucky keeps rolling, moves to 6-0
The good times are rolling in Lexington! Mark Stoops has the Wildcats undefeated and ranked, but his team still isn't getting the respect it deserves. Kentucky travels to Texas A&M this weekend, where it will be about a touchdown underdog against the unranked Aggies. Look for Stoops' squad to rely on the same formula it has all season — stingy defense and a sound rushing attack — to take down Texas A&M in College Station and finish the first half of the season with an unblemished record.
Utah Knocks Stanford from the Top 25
David Shaw and the Cardinal took one on the chin last weekend, and they were exposed in many ways in the process. To make matters worse, star running back Bryce Love was knocked out of the game with an injury. Even he does play against Utah, he won't be 100 percent. Utah enters the game coming off of back-to-back conference losses to open the season. They can't afford a third straight defeat, so they'll be playing wide-open football against a team that will be licking its wounds and wishing for a "get right" game. This is a worst-case scenario for Stanford.
Jonathan Taylor rushes for 300 yards
Taylor had more than 250 yards on the ground against New Mexico, but he still hasn't really had that one Heisman-highlight game. On Saturday, he'll face a Nebraska Cornhusker team in prime time that simply isn't very good. The Huskers have given up some big plays on the ground to lesser running backs and offensive lines than what Wisconsin fields. Paul Chryst's team doesn't need to pass to beat Nebraska and likely won't do so very often. Look for Taylor to get upwards of 30 carries — breaking several of them of for long touchdowns — en route to a 300-yard performance.
Will Grier tosses seven TD passes
The Mountaineers are a top-10 team right now. If they want to stay there and get into the College Football Playoff, they need to put away the inferior Kansas Jayhawks with authority. The best way to do that is through the air. Look for Grier to unleash a deadly aerial attack that puts gaudy numbers on both the scoreboard and stat sheet. There's not much Kansas can do to slow down West Virginia's passing attack, and Grier will take full advantage.
Texas takes down Oklahoma by double digits
The Longhorns look like they've righted the ship since the season-opening loss to Maryland. Oklahoma, on the other hand, has looked both shaky and bored over the past couple of weeks. Tom Herman's bunch will keep the Sooners entertained and engaged all afternoon. Look for Texas to frustrate Sooner quarterback Kyler Murray with tight coverage and exotic blitzes that eventually force him into a couple of mistakes that'll end up being the difference 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 and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.