As the midway point of the season approaches, contenders can't afford losses
We're almost halfway through both October and the 2018 college football season. The College Football Playoff picture is beginning to come into focus — as is the race for the Heisman Trophy.
Heading into Week 7, we see a slate of games that could make or break the title hopes of a handful of teams. We also see some opportunities for individual players to toss their names into the Heisman hat.
This weekend's game are ripe for some OUTRAGEOUS* results. Here are this weekend's outrageous predictions.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 7
LSU takes down Georgia
The Tigers are licking their wounds following a loss to Florida last weekend. Now they return home to face a Georgia team that has been good but not spectacular. Look for a big play early on special teams to give the Tigers the lead, while the home crowd and ground game slowly wear down a Georgia team that hasn't faced much adversity in 2018.
Iowa State upsets West Virginia
Crazy things happy this time of year in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones are coming off of a shootout win over Oklahoma State that prepped them for the high-octane attack Will Grier and the Mountaineer offense bring to the table. West Virginia looked like they were sleepwalking at time in an unimpressive win over Kansas last weekend. They can't afford a repeat performance this weekend, as Iowa State has the horses on both sides of the ball to ensure that any sleepwalking ends in a nightmare.
Ian Book becomes a serious Heisman contender
It's tough to make a real run at the Heisman if you don't play in every game, but the Notre Dame signal-caller is quickly making his case. Through four games as a starter in 2018, Book has thrown for 887 yards, nine touchdowns and just one interception. He also has scored three times on the ground and has been the biggest reason why the Irish have become serious College Football Playoff contenders. This weekend, he takes on a Pitt defense that has had trouble stopping people. Look for another multi-touchdown performance both through the air and on the ground from Book, as he forces his way in the Heisman conversation.
Wisconsin takes down Michigan by two scores
The Badgers and the Wolverines are very similar teams stylistically. The biggest different is Wisconsin's elite rushing attack. Look for Jonathan Taylor and the Badger offensive line to set the tone, eating up clock and yards all day in this one. When Michigan has the ball, look for an opportunistic Wisconsin defense to force multiple turnovers and prevent the Wolverines from ever gaining an edge in the contest.
Memphis ends UCF's winning streak
The Tigers nearly derailed UCF's undefeated season in last year's AAC Championship Game. This year, Memphis running back Darrell Henderson has been eating up huge chunks of yardage en route to a 934-yard, 12-touchdown campaign so far. He brings balance to an ultra-efficient passing attack led by quarterback Brady White. Together, they have what it takes to keep an aggressive UCF defense honest. Look for a back-and-forth tilt all afternoon to finally break Memphis' way with a big play in the passing game.
*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.
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