There's a reason the Pac-12 has missed the College Football Playoff for three consecutive seasons
It has been another entertaining, record-breaking season — and it has not failed to deliver on outrageousness. We had a Heisman winner come out of nowhere, a perennial contender in Alabama finish outside the top 10, and 19 teams head into bowl season with double-digit win totals.
We still have plenty of room for more OUTRAGEOUS* outcomes between now and when the clock hits zero in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in January. Here's what to keep an eye out for.
Outrageous Predictions for College Football Bowl Season
5 Group of 5 teams log wins over Power 5 teams
Sometimes it' is all about matchups. Other times, there are upsets involved. What we'll have this season is a combination of the two. Boise State (vs. Washington) and Cincinnati (vs. Boston College) are the better teams in their games. Memphis (vs. Penn State), Louisiana Tech (vs. Miami), and Air Force (vs. Washington State) are all matchup problems for their opponents — and they'll also be more motivated. Look for all five to pull off wins.
The Mountain West runs the table
The MW was arguably the nation's most underrated conference from top to bottom in 2019. Seven of the 12 teams got bowl berths. Three of the seven are favored straight up in those games. The other four all have better records than their opponents. Don't be stunned when they come out of bowl season without a loss.
The Pac-12 fails to win a single bowl game
Basically the opposite of what I just said about the Mountain West. The Pac-12 hasn't had a team in the College Football Playoff for three consecutive seasons. This is basically because the conference has not played to the level you'd expect from a Power 5 during that time. What we end up with now is a slate of bowl games where not a single Pac-12 club matches up well with their opponent from either a physical or motivational standpoint. It's going to be a long December for college football fans out west.
Joe Burrow posts season-low in passing yards
The surprise Heisman Trophy winner has been dominant this season, carving up some of the best defenses in the nation on the way to leading his team to the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. In the Peach Bowl, he'll face an Oklahoma defense that has been porous at times this season — especially against the run. Between LSU's stout defense slowing down the Sooners offense and the Tigers being able to move the ball on the ground, there won't be any reason for Burrow to put up video game-like numbers. As a result, he'll set a new season-low for passing yards (currently 278).
*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, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.