The Big Ten is back this week, and they'll have a hand in what should be another crazy weekend
This weekend will feel more normal for college football, thanks in large part to the Big Ten joining the fray and kicking off their season.
As it stands, the race to the College Football Playoff looks to have a couple of competitors, but not necessarily four quality teams to fill out that bracket. That could change this weekend, as we get a look at some teams -- and presumed contenders --we haven't seen yet this season.
And with more contenders and blue bloods in the mix, the opportunity for outrageous outcomes increases.
Here are the OUTRAGEOUS* predictions for Week 8 of the 2020 college football season.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 8
Auburn loses its third game of the season
The Tiger faithful had high hopes of possibly contending for an SEC West crown heading into the season. Losses to two SEC East teams put a damper on those hopes, and now you have an Auburn team searching for both an identity and motivation. They'll travel to Oxford this weekend to take on an Ole Miss squad with nothing to lose and a head coach in Lane Kiffin who shoots from the hip. This recipe does not bode well for Auburn, and the Tigers' season may be about to get real ugly.
Iowa State beats Oklahoma State by double digits
Oklahoma State's most impressive win was against Kansas, and that's a pretty low bar. The Cowboys haven't faced anything close to as complete a team as the Iowa State squad that will invade Stillwater on Saturday. The Cyclones have won track meets with TCU and Oklahoma. Those are some quality tune-ups heading into a game against a team that's hasn't faced quality competition. The real difference here will be on the sideline, where Matt Cambell out-coaches Mike Gundy en route to a sound win.
Minnesota beats Michigan by 20
The Gophers are trending up, led by a high-energy coach who has the players and fans 100 percent buying what he's selling. P.J. Fleck promised to make Minnesota elite, and he looks to be on the verge of doing just that. On the other side of the field, Jim Harbaugh, once thought to be among the elite of college football coaches, has settled into a pattern (some might say rut) at Michigan where every just sort of expects the Wolverines to be good, not great. One of these programs is going places, and we'll see that Saturday night.
Nebraska doesn't score an offensive touchdown against Ohio State
When Scott Frost took over the Cornhuskers, the thought was that he would have offense humming like the Oregon and UCF teams he was coordinator and coach for. Heading into Frost's third season, Nebraska simply doesn't have the sort of players on its roster to move the ball and score from anywhere on the field. They've got a player or two here and there, but elite teams have game-breakers everywhere. One of those elite teams is Ohio State, who will be looking to play catch-up in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee when the Buckeyes finally take the field on Saturday.
*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.
Podcast: Week 8 Preview and Predictions
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.