Week 9 of the 2015 college football season presents plenty of opportunities for both tricks and treats depending on who you are rooting for. It would appear as though the road to the College Football Playoff has already been paved, but as we all know, this last weekend in October seems to almost always give us some scary results that flip the script on the entire season.
Here are my outrageous predictions for Week 9.
Miami upsets Duke
Did you ever think you'd see those words in that order? That's the college football world we live in. A week after losing their coach, look for the Hurricanes to come out swinging and hang a couple of quick touchdowns. That'll put Duke in a position where the Blue Devils need to come from behind and possibly get into a shootout, which their offense is not equipped to do.
Rutgers takes down Wisconsin
Wisconsin has a banged-up quarterback and offensive line in front of a group of running backs not named Corey Clement. Rutgers has Leonte Carroo — the Big Ten's best receiver — and a stable of running backs as tough as any in the conference. Look for Rutgers to suffocate Alex Erickson and force Joel Stave to look elsewhere for a playmaker, only to find he has none. Rutgers controls the clock, ball and game from wire-to-wire.
Vanderbilt ends Houston's dream season
The Commodores are improving by the minute. Houston has dreams of crashing the College Football Playoff. The only thing crashing will be Tom Herman's Cougars back to earth, as Vanderbilt flexes its SEC muscles and turns Houston's dream season into a Halloween nightmare.
Auburn eliminates Ole Miss
Many forget that only one of Ole Miss' losses is in conference. As a result, the Rebels are still very much alive in the SEC West. Look for Auburn to change that. An early kickoff time in this one will lead to Ole Miss sleepwalking through the first quarter before the visitors realize what has hit them. By then it will be too late, as the Auburn defense will be pinning its ears back and teeing off on Chad Kelly.
Notre Dame blanks Temple
No, I'm not saying it'll be a surprise when Notre Dame beats Temple. I'm saying Temple isn't going to score a single point. The Owls are getting an awful lot of credit for beating an average Penn State team and navigating a fairly easy schedule thus far. Look for Brian Kelly's Irish to make a statement to the nation in this one. Notre Dame is a contender. Temple is a pretender. Kelly won't call off the dogs.