It's always fun to throw out some bold college football predictions and see what sticks, you know?
Heading into Week 4, there has been plenty of off-field drama surrounding conference realignment, and I'll address that in this story.
Some of these bold predictions are serious, some are fun, some are sarcastic and some contradict other bold predictions or my Week 4 picks.
Let's have fun with this and share your serious, fun and sarcastic predictions in the comments, but keep it nice and collegial, OK?
Let's take a look at 50 Bold Predictions Heading into Week 4.
The Big 12 is one big, dysfunctional conference, and its days are numbered—unless commissioner Dan Beebe steps down, per Oklahoma's request.
By week's end, the Big 12 will once again be thrust into disarray, as Beebe refuses Oklahoma's demands and the Sooners grab their cohorts in drama, Oklahoma State, and seek a new home.
Late Tuesday night, the Pac-12 released the news that the presidents of the member universities had gotten together and vetoed the idea of expansion beyond 12 at this time.
The operative words there are "at this time."
The Pac-12 starts its new 12-year, $3 billion media rights deal next year, wherein all members will split the pie evenly.
When the Big 12 fails to meet Oklahoma's demands and falls apart, watch the Pac-12 become the Pac-14.
This "we don't want to expand" stuff is pure posturing; the Pac-12 wants to be one cool customer.
Vandy pulls off the not so improbable upset of South Carolina to improve to 4-0.
Commodore fans across the SEC have minor heart attacks at being two-thirds of the way to bowl eligibility so early in the season.
The Crimson Tide are favored, but the scrappy Hogs will show they are a force to be reckoned with in the SEC West by beating Alabama.
Three of the current AP Top 10 will lose this weekend (Oklahoma State faces Texas A&M, so there is one automatic loss in the Top 10).
The Top 10 are:
4. Boise State
7. Oklahoma State
8. Texas A&M
Vontaze Burfict, Brock Osweiler and the rest of the Arizona State Sun Devils will be unsuccessful in their quest to break USC's 11-year winning streak against them.
USC will make it 12 in a row Saturday night in Tempe.
UNLV, after starting the season 0-2 and looking like one of the most dismal teams in the FBS, pulled off a surprise upset of Hawaii last week.
This week the Runnin' Rebels will roll against Southern Utah, picking up their second win in a row and second win of the season.
Geno Smith and the Mountaineers stun the Tigers with an upset of LSU in Morgantown.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly can't keep his cool as his Fighting Irish play badly versus Pittsburgh.
Notre Dame can't sustain the momentum from its win last week against Michigan State and drops another game to Pitt for a 1-3 record.
Lou Holtz, continuing to be the very definition of "homer," continues to sputter and decree the Fighting Irish one of the top teams in the country despite their record.
This isn't a stretch, since the Huskies have "serious interest" in leaving the Big East for the ACC, but with further attrition, the future of the conference is called into question.
Slick Rick Neuheisel and the Bruins manage to pull off a win in Corvallis, relegating the Beavers to the Pac-12 cellar formerly reserved for the surging Cougars of Washington State.
Slick Rick finally commits to QB Richard Brehaut, but Brehaut suffers an injury and goes down, continuing the UCLA QB curse.
Les Miles, that old character, bungles time management in the LSU-WVU game, and this is a factor in the Tigers loss.
Who will it be? Arkansas-Alabama? Oklahoma State-Texas A&M? LSU-WVU? USC-ASU? Which game of this weekend's 60 FBS games will be the triple-overtime thriller?
Realizing that the Longhorn Network is going to kill a conference and cause massive animosity, Texas and ESPN drastically restructure their deal, effectively killing the network and opening the way for the Big 12 to either flourish or die.
FIU is having a heck of a year, and the man behind it all is head coach Mario Cristobal.
It is only a matter of time before he starts fielding major FBS and BCS offers, so why not this week?
Carson Palmer, defiantly refusing to budge in his demand to be traded from the Bengals, was tailgating on USC's campus last weekend. (I have photos with him.)
Still unemployed, Palmer heads to Tempe to cheer on his alma mater.
Clemson, riding high after its win versus Auburn, welcomes the Seminoles to Memorial Stadium and promptly beats them.
BYU takes advantage of the conference shuffle to accept an invitation to become a member of the Big 12.
Big East drops to five football members when Rutgers moves to the ACC. Conference officially on life support.
I believe I said this last week as well. I continue to believe the threat is imminent.
Slick Rick has been dismal for the Bruins program despite boldly declaring upon arrival that the football dynasty in Los Angeles was over.
Um, yeah, that hasn't really worked out for Neuheisel and UCLA.
FIU's Mario Cristobal could be in discussions rather shortly for the Ole Miss job, as Houston Nutt has failed to produce.
In a shocking turn of events, new Pac-12 member Colorado travels to Columbus and beats the Buckeyes.
The Big East, shocked into taking action by the defection of four teams (Pitt, Syracuse, UConn and Rutgers), invites Navy and Air Force to join the league.
It's an easy and amusing hit (to me), folks.
Big East to Notre Dame: Join conference for football or have other sports kicked out of Big East.
Brady Hoke's former team, sporting his recruits, soundly defeats the Wolverines.
The MWC and C-USA, two mid-majors on the rise, consolidate to create super conference in bid to become a BCS AQ conference.
Last week South Carolina and Oregon got the official notices from the NCAA. This week, another school joins the ranks of programs under investigation.
West Virginia makes its case for inclusion in the ACC, and it's a good one.
Mizzou rides into Norman the underdog but rides out with a win over top-ranked Oklahoma.
Landry Jones and the Sooners beat the Seminoles, but Jones was far from showy in his victory. He went 18-of-27 for 199 yards with one TD and two INTs.
A second average performance will drop him to the bottom of the Heisman hopefuls list.
Slick Rick is on his way out for sure, and UCLA boosters have their eye on Boise State coach Chris Petersen. Is this the week they formally begin discussions with him?
ECU, seeing an opportunity to be in an AQ conference, applies for and is welcomed into the Big East. In other news, if all my predictions come true, the Big East might be the first super conference.
Obviously, things are shaky with TCU's commitment to join the Big East next year.
When the Big 12 comes calling, setting up a great rivalry with Baylor as part of the deal, TCU jumps ship for the conference closer to home.
Ha ha ha—thought I'd insert a little levity, folks.
Florida improves to 4-0, steadily moving up the rankings.
This is typically a time of year when Boise State falls off the radar due to its weakish conference schedule.
However, with lackluster play from Landry Jones and a similarly weakish schedule for Robert Griffin III's Baylor, Kellen Moore stays very firmly planted in the Heisman discussions after Week 4.
After beating UCLA, North Texas and Louisiana Tech, the Houston Cougars have a pretty clear shot at a perfect season. This week Georgia State comes to town, and the rest of their schedule is as follows:
The Rambling Wreck has scored 63, 49 and 66 points in its games so far this season. This week the Yellow Jackets face off against UNC. Don't expect their offense to let up.
Turnovers always screw things up, and this week is no different, as one team will attribute its offense's inability to hold on to the ball as the reason for its loss.
South Florida opened its season with a win over Notre Dame and went on to beat Ball State and Florida A&M. This week the Bulls beat UTEP to advance to 4-0 on the season.
Mike Leach, biding his time and writing his tell-all book about what a giant jerk Craig James is, is ready for his next big head coaching gig. Where will he land?
We're at slide 46 of 50, and I am running out of steam. Honesty.
Oklahoma State gets blindsided by Texas A&M.
Houston Nutt redeems himself for a few more days by beating Mark Richt's Bulldogs.
Georgia, humbled by two losses to start the season, plus a loss to Ole Miss, begins to seriously think about firing its coach. Hey, Mike Leach is available!
The Cyclones pick off the Longhorns to go 4-0 and stake a claim to the Big 12 title.
To paraphrase the new rule—basically, if the ref thinks excessive celebration has taken place, the touchdown is nullified and the down is replayed.
This is a stupid rule, and it is going to cost someone the game.