A weekend in the wild world of college football can be expected to produce shocking disappointments and better-than-expected performances in conferences throughout the country.
The unpredictable results are especially routine late in the season where teams are playing with the most pressure or have nothing to lose. However, guessing when and where they will happen is difficult even if everyone knows they are coming, .
The USA TODAY Sports college football staff — Jace Evans, Paul Myerberg, Brent Schrotenboer, Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus and Dan Wolken — weigh in with its bold predictions for Week 12 of the college football season:
The Group of Five’s outside hope of crashing the College Football Playoff party will take a big hit when Central Florida beats No. 7 Cincinnati. The Bearcats has been stellar on defense this year (third in scoring defense and 10th overall), but they haven’t seen an offense like the Knights. UCF is No. 1 in the country in total offense, putting up over 600 yards per game – the only school in the country to clear that plateau – through their seven contests. The Knights have largely fallen off the radar since losing back-to-back games to Tulsa and Memphis, but led by QB Dillon Gabriel this is still a plenty formidable squad in the American Athletic, especially at the Bounce House.