Week 6 gave us plenty of outrageousness, however, much of it took place away from the field. A couple of coaching vacancies and the loss of a starting quarterback on a contender due to PEDs dominated the headlines.
Week 7 is set up to be just as outrageous, with a huge slate of matchups in every conference. We have teams jockeying for position in tight division and conference races, teams trying to stay alive in the College Football Playoff picture, and some teams with nothing left to lose looking to play spoiler. When the season is over, we may look back at Week 7 as the week that shaped the season.
Here are my outrageous predictions for Week 7.
Florida wins at Death Valley
Will Grier's suspension took us all by surprise. That said, this is a well-coached Florida Gator team built to win on the road, regardless of who is under center. They run the ball well and play tough defense — particularly against the run. The Gators will be far and away the best defense LSU running back Leonard Fournette has faced this season. Once he's contained, Tiger quarterback Brandon Harris will need to make plays through the air against a feisty Gator secondary and one of the best defensive backs in the nation. That won't end well, with Treon Harris leading the Gators to victory in a low-scoring, defensive battle.
Georgia's Sony Michel rushes for 200 yards
If you haven't figured it out by now, it doesn't really matter who is toting the rock for the Bulldogs. Chalk it up to whatever you want — system or recruiting — but the Georgia backfield has become a revolving door of big-time running backs. Look for Georgia to get back on the winning track by doing what it does best: running the ball. Sony Michel will step in, as he did last week, and put up huge numbers on the way to a Bulldogs win over Missouri.
Kansas State eliminates Oklahoma from contention
The Wildcats had TCU cornered last week and came up just short. Bill Snyder's teams are not known to let those sort of losses linger, and the Wildcats will be ready to go at Oklahoma with the same offensive attack that has lit up the scoreboard tot the tune of 36.4 points per game. On the other side of the ball, the Sooners are reeling after losing the Red River Showdown to Texas. Bob Stoops' seat got a little warmer and a trip to Manhattan, Kansas, is not exactly the best way to cool it off.
USC stuns Notre Dame
Getting rid of Steve Sarkisian was the best thing Pat Haden could have done for the USC football program. The Trojans are arguably the most talented team in the country, but you can't function when your head coach doesn't have his affairs in order. Look for interim head coach Clay Helton to step in as a calming presence and focus the Trojans on upsetting Notre Dame. The Irish lost the only other game they've played this season against a team with comparable athletes. Look for a much more talented team, led by the best quarterback Notre Dame has faced this season, to take down the Irsh in South Bend.
Michigan State end's Michigan's magical season
Those three shutouts in a row by the Wolverines are impressive — no doubt. When you peel back the layers, however, you'll see that they came against two teams with weak offenses and one team broken down and exhausted after a grueling first month. Every player in Michigan State's locker room is tired of the Harbaugh love-fest going on in their state. Nobody is giving the Spartans a chance, and I think they like it that way. I like Connor Cook to challenge the Michigan secondary early and often like it hasn't been all season. Look for the Spartans to then lean on their offensive line in the second half, controlling the tempo and pulling away on the ground for a sound double-digit win.