Week 10 in the Group of Five (G5) saw the following breakdown of games:
- 27 G5 Conference Games
- 2 G5 vs G5 Games
- 2 G5 vs P5 Games
- 2 G5 vs FCS Games
Wow! MACtion returned with a bang! Those willing to tune in for Tuesday and Wednesday night MAC games were not disappointed. The five games averaged nearly 80 points a game with an average margin of less than six points. Kent State’s win over Northern Illinois 52-47 and Eastern Michigan’s 52-49 win over Toledo were great fun shootouts. In the 97th Battle of the Bricks Ohio held off Miami (OH) in a 35-33 thriller. In the other games Ball State went on the road to handle Akron 31-25 and Central Michigan upset Western Michigan 42-30. In short, five great games to kick off MACtion!
In Power5 games, Liberty fell to Ole Miss in High Freeze’s return to Oxford 27-14 and Notre Dame dominated Navy 34-6.
Conference races became a bit more defined as some teams took major steps forward.
The MAC. As we discussed above, the MAC teams put on a helluva display when they had the national spotlight pointed directly on them. The games were close, fun, and exciting. Now if they could just get a few more fans in the seats . . .
Army. The Black Knights took a major step towards their second consecutive Commander-in-chief trophy with their 21-14 overtime win over Air Force. After a scoreless first half, both of the run-oriented teams took to the air to generate offense. Army scored first in OT when Jordyn Law recovered a fumble by teammate Christian Anderson in the end zone. The Falcons moved to the Army 7 on their possession, but on fourth down Jabari Moore broke up a Hazziq Daniel’s pass intended for Dane Kinamon to seal the win for the Black Knights.
UNLV. The Rebels pulled away from New Mexico in the second half to win 31-17 and break a nearly two-year losing streak. The Rebels won their last game of the 2019 season and had winless since, losing 14 in a row. In the win, Charles Mitchell became UNLV’s all-time leading rusher as he passed the 3760 yards for his career.
East Carolina. Don’t look know, the Pirates are above .500 with their fifth win in their last seven games. It is the first time the Pirates have been above .500 after 9 games since the 2014 season. The Pirates have a tough finishing schedule with away games at Memphis and Navy before finishing with #2 Cincinnati at home. They need one win in that group of games to go bowling. Regardless, Coach Mike Houston has the program pointed back in the right direction after a dismal six season stretch.
G5 CFP Positioning. The G5 had three teams in the initial CFP rankings. Cincinnati at #6, Fresno State at #23, and San Diego State at #24. Fresno State was destroyed by Boise State 40-14 and will drop out of the Top 25. Meanwhile, San Diego State slipped by Hawaii 17-10 and Cincinnati held off Tulsa 28-20. With the current CFP Committee very focused on “style” points, these results don’t bode well for Cincinnati or San Diego State.
Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles continued a nightmare season with a 38-14 loss to North Texas. This is a program that didn’t have a losing season from 1993 to 2011, with eight bowl wins. After a tough three year stretch in 2012-2014, Southern Miss was back to their winning ways with five consecutive winning seasons heading into 2020. They are 4-15 since.
G5 Gurus Top 20 following Week 10.
The G5 Guru Top 20 poll was unchanged in positions 1-5. Losses by SMU and Fresno State shook up the second 5. Coastal Carolina moved up one spot to number 6, San Diego State jumped 2 to number 7, App State moved up 2 to number 8, SMU settled in at number 9 after their second loss, and Fresno State rounded out the top 10.
The second 10 begins with Nevada, followed by fellow MWC member Utah State. Army, on the strength of their OT win over Air Force jumps 3 spots to 13, followed by Boise State who moves up 3 spots after their dismantling of Fresno State.
Liberty drops 1 to 16 after a loss to Ole Miss, UCF jumps 2 to 17, Northern Illinois drops 6 to number 18 following their first MAC conference loss. Marshall and Eastern Michigan join the rankings at 19 and 20 respectively.
|San Diego State||MWC||12-2|
|Texas San Antonio||CUSA||12-2|