Week 12 saw the G5 Guru Panel get back to some of its winning ways. The Panel hit on 82% of winners, 61% of covers, and 52% of over/unders. Heading into the last full week of the regular season the panel is at 77% on winners, 55% on covers, and 50% of over/unders.

Week 13 begins on Tuesday night with 2 MACtion games on tap. We see Ball State holding off Buffalo in a low scoring game to get the Cardinals needing bowl eligible. In the second matchup, the panel believes Western Michigan will knock off the MAC West champion Northern Illinois and cover the surprising 3.5 point spread favoring the Broncos.

In Thursday’s night MWC matchup the panel sees the Fresno State Bulldogs winning and covering against San Jose State in a lower scoring affair.

Black Friday sees a slate of 10 G5 games. In MWC action, the panel believes Boise State will knock off 10-1 San Diego State and cover the 2.5 point spread favoring the Broncos. In the second Friday MWC game we see Utah State winning and covering against the New Mexico Lobos. In the third MWC game on Friday we believe Air Force wins but fails to cover the 18 point spread against UNLV in a low-scoring matchup.

In an intriguing Friday AAC game, the panel believes Cincinnati beats East Carolina to maintain their #4 spot in the CFP. We were split but believe Cincinnati will cover the 14 point spread in a higher scoring game. In a game to decide the MAC Michigan Trophy, the panel believes Central Michigan wins a tight one over Eastern Michigan, but not covering the 8 point spread.

In the “Rivalry Deeper than Hate”, the panel believes Appalachian State will handle Georgia Southern but will struggle to cover the 24.5 point spread. In “Battle of the Bayou”, Louisiana hosts Louisiana Monroe. We see the Cajuns rolling in this one, covering the 21.5 point spread in a higher scoring affair.

In what Ryan McGee has called the “pillow fight of the year”, we believe New Mexico State wins and covers against UMass. Or to put it in Ryan’s words, “Whew Mexico State tops UMess”.

In a game to decide the Conference USA East title, Marshall hosts the streaking Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The panel was split on this game but decided to go with the upset, picking the Herd to stop the Hilltopper’s streak and return to the CUSA Championship.

In another game that the panel debated heavily, the panel is going with Liberty to win and cover against Army. And finally, in another game that saw a good deal of dissent among panel members, we are going with Southern California to upset BYU in Los Angeles.

All of our picks for Week 13 are provided below. 

Group of Five GamesG5 Gurus Picks
Ball StateBuffalo-6.558.5Ball StateYesUnder
Northern IllinoisWestern Michigan3.562.5Western MichiganYesUnder
San Jose StateFresno State752.5Fresno StateYesUnder
San Diego StateBoise State2.544Boise StateYesOver
East CarolinaCincinnati1458CincinnatiYesOver
South AlabamaCoastal Carolina14.557Coastal CarolinaYesUnder
Central MichiganEastern Michigan-864Central MichiganNoUnder
Air ForceNevada-Las Vegas-1849Air ForceNoUnder
Bowling Green StateOhio548.5OhioYesUnder
Central FloridaSouth Florida-18.562Central FloridaNoOver
Southern MethodistTulsa-6.562Southern MethodistYesOver
New MexicoUtah State15.550Utah StateYesOver
Old DominionCharlotte-1056Old DominionNoUnder
Southern MississippiFlorida International-1045.5Southern MississippiYesUnder
Appalachian StateGeorgia Southern-24.555.5Appalachian StateNoOver
RiceLouisiana Tech3.553.5Louisiana TechNoUnder
New Mexico StateMassachusetts-659New Mexico StateYesUnder
Kent StateMiami (OH)064.5Kent StateUnder
Florida AtlanticMiddle Tennessee State-450Florida AtlanticYesOver
Colorado StateNevada5.555.5NevadaYesOver
Arkansas StateTexas State-261.5Arkansas StateYesUnder
Alabama-BirminghamTexas-El Paso-13.550.5Alabama-BirminghamYesOver
North TexasTexas-San Antonio1259.5Texas-San AntonioYesUnder
Georgia StateTroy-6.549.5Georgia StateYesOver
MarshallWestern Kentucky-175MarshallYesUnder
Southern CaliforniaBrigham Young764Southern CaliforniaNoOver