I offer my “Outrageous Predictions” every week for the upcoming slate of college football action. Inevitably, I'll pick on the wrong fan base, get a prediction about a certain team wrong, and then face the scorn on social media.
That's the best part of making these predictions.
Truth be told, I get one or two right (see Navy beating Houston last week) pretty much every week — and that should scare you. By all accounts, I should go 0-5 on a regular basis. After all, these are "outrageous" prediction. By definition, they aren't supposed to happen.
This week, I admittedly had to dig for outrageous potential. On that note — I'm done picking against Alabama. If the Crimson Tide were going to lose before the postseason, it was going to happen last Saturday. And we saw how that worked out. So without further ado, here is what I have for Week 7.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 7
North Carolina defeats Miami by double digits
This will be a case where one game beats a team twice. The Hurricanes poured their heart and soul into the Florida State game. They lost a heartbreaker. They lost a rivalry game. They lost ground in the ACC and they lost their top 10 ranking. Now Mark Richt's bunch must bounce back and face a North Carolina team that was just routed by Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels defeated Florida State two weeks ago and fell victim themselves to the post-Seminole slump. In their minds, Miami is the perfect big-name, bounce back opponent. I like Larry Fedora to have his team more focused than Miami.
Vanderbilt upsets Georgia
The Bulldogs have not been overly impressive this season, even when the win. And though it was against Tennessee (and required not one, but two Hail Marys), they've shown to be vulnerable to losing at home. Vanderbilt on the other hand has proven to be a tough out for everyone but Georgia Tech so far this season. Outside of that, I have no stats, no trends — nothing tangible whatsoever — to back this up. Let's just call it a gut feeling that Kirby Smart's boys are overlooking the Commodores, while Vandy arrives in Athens playing with house money.
Alabama and Ohio State both blank their opponents on the road
The top two teams in the country both head out on the road to play games in stadiums (Neyland Stadium, Camp Randall Stadium) that are tough on visiting teams. That won't matter. Truth be told, there are about six elite teams in the country. Alabama and Ohio State are two of them. Look for statement wins from both teams as messages to the rest of the nation that the Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes — winners of the last two national titles — are still the class of college football. Goose eggs for the home team on both scoreboards.
Wake Forest upsets Florida State
Like Miami, the Seminoles were hyped for last weekend's contest. Now the Hurricanes must search for motivation against head coach Dave Clawson's Wake Forest squad looking to become bowl eligible with a statement win. Look for underrated Demon Deacon defense to keep this one close and eventually turn the tide late with a timely turnover.
Kansas upsets Baylor
The Jayhawks should have defeated TCU last weekend. This is a team that is slowly learning how to stay in games and steal them late. The TCU game, though heartbreaking, must have left Kansas hungry. This is a team that is playing every week for a program-defining and, subsequently, program-building win. The Jayhawks take on a Baylor Bears team that has been able to avoid the loss column so far this season — albeit by the skin of its teeth. With more drama in Waco distracting the coaching staff and undoubtedly some players, this is the perfect opportunity for Kansas to capitalize.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.