Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 8

Michigan State might be involved in the biggest story of the weekend for the second consecutive week.

You can't get much more outrageous than the end of the Michigan State-Michigan game last weekend, but you know the college football world is sure going to try. With another slate of season-shaping matchups and potential trap games on the docket, the potential for outrageousness is alive and well in Week 8.

 

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Here are my outrageous predictions for Week 8 of the 2015 college football season.

 

Northwestern's Clayton Thorson will top 300 yards passing against Nebraska

Don't get me wrong — I think Nebraska wins this game — but that doesn't mean Thorson isn't going to toss it all over Lincoln. Before playing Nebraska, neither Joel Stave nor Mitch Leidner had flirted with the 300-yard mark this season. They then threw for over 300 yards against the Cornhuskers in consecutive weeks. There really is no reason for Thorson to top the mark, outside of Nebraska's secondary being just plain bad. Between that and the Wildcats playing from behind all day, Thorson should top 300 yards with ease.

 

Stanford's Christian McCaffrey enters the the Heisman conversation

The son of former NFL journeyman receiver Ed McCaffrey has rushed for 720 yards in his last four outings. He has quickly become one of the more dominating backs in the country. He'll face a Washington team that just spent the last week preparing for Royce Freeman and Oregon's high-velocity attack. McCaffrey and the Stanford line are a completely different animal, and you will see another 200-plus-yard performance on the ground as a result of it. He'll punch in multiple scores for a second consecutive week and take over as the West Coast's top Heisman candidate.


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Miami upsets Clemson at home

The Hurricane are flying high after a big win over Virginia Tech that kept them alive in the ACC Coastal division. They'll welcome in a Clemson squad that has been getting a lot of love nationally as of late. Look for the early start in this one to translate into a fast start for Miami, as Dabo Swinney has to abandon his game plan early on in order to keep up in this impromptu track meet. The Hurricanes will hold on for a close win at home and keep their division title hopes alive.

 

Tennessee knocks off Alabama

Tennessee is probably the best 3-3 team in the country. They play the same physical style of football that helped Ole Miss pull off the upset in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago. After a come-from-behind win over Georgia that gave them new life, the Vols have had two weeks to get ready for Alabama. I like Joshua Dobbs to mimick Chad Kelly's performance against the Tide and lead Tennessee to a close win in this one.

 

Indiana stuns Michigan State

The Hoosiers have proven time and time again that they can score with anyone. The Spartans have proved all season that they can be scored on — unlike in recent years. Michigan State is going to be exhausted both emotionally and physically. The mid-afternoon start isn't going to make it any easier for the home crowd in East Lansing to get fired up about playing the Hoosiers. I see Indiana jumping out early and not looking back against a defense that is not equipped to give its offense enough chances to keep pace. Indiana may not have a defense like Michigan, but its offense is the envy of a lot of teams nationally.

 

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Scott is the editor-in-chief of KnowItAllFootball.com, a Big Ten site for Big Ten fans. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.

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