We've reached the heart of conference play. Now things get interesting...
To be quite honest, the 2019 college football season hasn't had very many outrageous performances or outcomes so far. We had a chance last weekend to see North Carolina take down Clemson, but that's about as close as we've gotten.
I think we're due.
Heading into Week 6, there are a couple of games where some College Football Playoff contenders are in danger of being eliminated from the conversation. Let's take a look at where you might see something OUTRAGEOUS* happen this weekend.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 6
West Virginia upsets Texas
The Longhorns come into this one as 10.5-point favorites, which is a lot of points for any team visiting Morgantown. After sleepwalking through a road trip to Kansas last weekend and nearly losing, look for the Mountaineers to be refreshed and motivated to chalk up the biggest upset of the college football season so far. I like West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall to have a breakout performance en route to an upset win that eliminates Texas from College Football Playoff contention.
Illinois knocks Minnesota from the ranks of the unbeaten
Lovie Smith's Fighting Illini are actually only two possessions away from being undefeated themselves. They'll be playing with house money as they head to the Twin Cities to face a team that has won four games by a combined 20 points. Illinois has a solid quarterback/running back duo in Brandon Peters and Reggie Corbin that'll give the suspect Gopher defense some problems. Look for the Illini to get their third win of the season, putting them one win away from last season's total.
Chuba Hubbard runs for 250 yards again
What this guy is doing on the ground is unreal. He's already sitting at 938 yards on the season with three games over 200 yards. He's been the most dominant back in the country not named Jonathan Taylor in 2019, and there's not a whole lot Texas Tech is going to be able to do in order to prevent Hubbard from putting up video game-like numbers again this weekend.
Cincinnati hands UCF its second loss of the season
UCF lost the only other game it played outside the state of Florida just two weeks ago. Now the Knights head north again to take on a Bearcat squad whose only blemish is a loss to Ohio State — something about 12 teams will probably have by season's end. Outside of the setback against the Buckeyes, Cincinnati has looked as good as any Group of 5 team in the country. UCF — on the other hand — has looked vulnerable. The Bearcats win this one, possibly by a couple of scores.
Iowa beats Michigan by double-digits
Regardless of the fact that the game is in Ann Arbor, I have no idea why Michigan is favored in this one. We watched the Wolverines stumble through a win against Middle Tennessee, nearly lose to Army, and get run over against Wisconsin. A shutout win over Rutgers doesn't mean Jim Harbaugh has figured it out, it just means Rutgers is still Rutgers. Now the hungry Hawkeyes come to town with an elite defense and future NFL signal-caller under center. I like Iowa to dominate Michigan in the trenches on both sides of the ball, essentially eliminating Michigan from both conference and playoff contention and finally putting Harbaugh on the hot seat.
*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.