The 2020 season is starting to feel like Bizarro World
The 2020 college football season has been anything but boring so far. Because of the precautions in place for COVID-19, nothing is guaranteed. We don't know what games will happen or which players will be in uniform for which games.
That's not ideal, but it makes us appreciate the season we do have that much more. Every gave is a gift, and most of the games that have been played have been highly entertaining — even without sold-out stadiums.
This week, we'll be down one contender (Wisconsin) and one megastar (Trevor Lawrence) — both due to COVID-19 testing procedures. Be that as it may, the 2020 season marches on, and so too do the outrageous outcomes.
Here are the OUTRAGEOUS predictions for Week 9 of the 2020 college football season.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for Week 9
Virginia upsets North Carolina
The Tar Heels were exposed a couple of weeks ago in their loss to Florida State. Truth be told, they haven't looked overly impressive in any of their outings. Virginia appears to be the polar opposite of North Carolina in a lot of ways. They are better than their 1-4 record would indicate and the Cavaliers have been competitive in all of their losses — including Clemson. Look for Bronco Mendenhall's team to put it all together and knock North Carolina out of the ACC race.
Iowa falls to 0-2
Many thought this was going to be one of Iowa's most talented teams at the skill positions during Kirk Ferentz's long tenure. That, along with consistently outstanding offensive line and overall defensive play was thought by many to be enough to win the Big Ten West in 2020. Well, here we are and the Hawkeyes are 0-1, heading into a matchup against a Northwestern team that played a nearly perfect game against Maryland a week ago. Pat Fitzgerald's Wildcats are always a tough out, but a Northwestern club with solid, dependable quarterback play could be a wild card in the Big Ten. Things are about to get dicey in the Hawkeye State.
Rutgers moves to 2-0
It took all of one half of Greg Schiano football to turn the culture around at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights looked pretty good in every facet of the game last week against Michigan State. They have a veteran quarterback in Noah Vedral who looks capable and confident — and that's invaluable. This week, Rutgers takes on an Indiana team that everyone is high on after the Hoosiers stole a game from Penn State a week ago. We don't know just how good Indiana is yet, mostly because Penn State is an enigma. What we do know is that Schiano historically has his teams ready to play. The Birthplace of College Football is about to become a point of interest once again.
D.J. Uiagalelei toss five touchdown passes
Trevor Lawrence is out, so everyone is expecting Clemson to play it safe and get out of this matchup with Boston College with a win. One problem — that's not how Dabo Swinney and his team are wired. It's next man up at Clemson, and that next man is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound, 5-star athlete with quick feet and a rocket arm. Look for Swinney to have the entire playbook open for Uiagalelei on Saturday, in an effort to show all of college football just how deep and talented his roster is.
*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.
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— 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.