The Wolverines and Sooners find themselves in trouble for a second straight week
The Oklahoma Sooners found themselves on the wrong end of an outrageous outcome last weekend. Unfortunately, neither I nor the Sooners saw that one coming.
Heading into Week 7 of the 2017 college football season, there are a couple more games on the slate that have "OUTRAGEOUS* outcomes" written all over them. Two of those games have some of the games heaviest hitters staring down the barrel of consecutive losses.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 7
Kansas State upsets TCU
It's an early start in Manhattan for Bill Snyder and his Wildcats as they host a TCU team that has been on fire as of late. The Horned Frogs do a lot of things well, and one of those things is running the ball. Look for Snyder to focus on shutting down the run and force TCU quarterback Kenny Hill to beat his defense through the air. That will extend this game and combine with Kansas State's lethal rushing attack to exhaust a Horned Frogs squad playing its third game of a three-week gauntlet. Wildcats get the upset at home.
Indiana hands Michigan its second straight loss
Michigan is a very talented team — no question about it. The biggest issues the Wolverines have, however, are the ability to move the ball consistently on offense and inexperience throughout the roster. Both of those things are going to be a problem when they travel to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers. I'm not sure this Wolverine team has the maturity or leadership to rebound from a demoralizing loss and then travel to face a team and a home crowd that both relish the opportunity to make a statement. Additionally, I don't know how well Michigan's offense matches up against an underrated and athletic Indiana defense.
Ohio State shuts out Nebraska
The Buckeyes are favored on the road in Lincoln by more than three touchdowns, so them winning won't exactly be outrageous. What will be eye-opening is watching a Nebraska offense that Mike Riley installed get blanked. The Cornhuskers haven't been shut out since 1996, when they lost 19-0 to Jake Plummer, Pat Tillman and Arizona State. The Buckeyes' defensive front is as good as any in the country and their young secondary is improving every week. The Huskers — on the other hand — were only able to muster one offensive touchdown against Wisconsin last weekend. It's tough to imagine the Husker offensive line opening consistent running lanes or providing enough protection for Tanner Lee to be able to sustain an entire scoring drive. Barring a broken play or an Ohio State special teams gaffe, I'm calling for a goose egg on the Nebraska side of the scoreboard.
Texas beats Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl
If the Sooners got caught looking past Iowa State last weekend, who's to say they won't get caught looking back at that inexplicable loss this weekend? The Sooners had issues dealing with some individual talent that Iowa State fielded last week. The bad news for Oklahoma is that Texas is more talented than Iowa State across the board. It was apparent that Matt Campbell out-prepped and out-coached Lincoln Riley last weekend. There isn't much evidence that tells us Texas head coach Tom Herman won't do the same. The Longhorns are buying in and gaining confidence by the week. They're catching Oklahoma at the right time.
Notre Dame doesn't play but still falls in the polls
As far as the two major polls go, no team is more disrespected this season than Notre Dame. Most people who don't root for the Irish every weekend flat out despise the entire program. That animosity is showing in both the AP and Coaches polls. Notre Dame is 5-1 with three wins over Power 5 teams, a 28-point average margin of victory and only a one-point loss to to a Georgia team that many people already have penciled into their way-too-early College Football Playoff brackets. Despite that resume, Notre Dame is No. 16 in the AP Top 25 and No. 19 in the Amway Coaches Poll. They only thing Notre Dame can to to earn its way up the ladder in the eyes of the voters is to keep winning games. That obviously won't happen on a bye week, and I expect a biased group of voters to continue their pattern of disrespect for the Irish when the polls come out next week.
*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. He also covers the Big Ten for Black Heart Gold Pants, Iowa's SB Nation blog. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.