Week 3 in the Group of Five (G5) saw the following breakdown of games:
- 21 Power 5 (P5) versus G5
- 11 G5 vs G5 (including one independent vs independent)
- 11 G5 versus FCS
- 4 G5 Conference Games
The G5 improved in week 3 posting six wins against the P5 including BYU over #19 Arizona State, Cincinnati going on the road and beating Indiana, Fresno State upsetting #13 UCLA on the road, Memphis edging Mississippi State by 2, San Diego State over Utah, and Western Michigan shocking Pittsburg on the road.
The G5 finished 10-1 for the week against FCS competition, with Texas State’s loss to Incarnate Word the sole loss. For the season, this performance moved the G5’s record to 46-6 against the FCS.
In the G5 games, the Sunbelt went 4-0 against the other G5 conferences. The AAC and Mountain West were both 2-0 against the other G5 conferences. The Independents were 1-1 for the week, while the MAC struggled to 1-4 and CUSA was winless in 5 G5 matchups.
BYU. The hits just keep on rolling for the Cougars. 3 Pac-12 opponents, two ranked opponents, and three wins. A fantastic start to 2021 for BYU. Their schedule isn’t easy from this point forward, but it is manageable. A home date with Boise State and an away game at Southern California look to be the biggest hurdles remaining.
Cincinnati. The Bearcats had circled two big non-conference showdowns on their calendars at the beginning of the season. They can mark the first one as a success with a 14-point win on the road against Indiana. Notre Dame still looms as well as a tough AAC conference schedule. However, with the way the Bearcats are playing, nothing looks insurmountable.
Fresno State. Wow. The Bulldogs go into Los Angeles as 11-point underdogs and knock off #13 UCLA to move to 3-1 on the season. Bulldog QB Jake Haener leads the MWC in about every passing category and has fueled a great run. The Bulldog’s only loss? A 7-point decision to Oregon on the road.
San Diego State. The Aztecs followed up their win over Arizona with a shocker over Utah. The Aztecs were 8-point underdogs, playing essentially at a neutral field 100 miles from campus and pulled off the upset. Two very winnable games are on the schedule before a major road test at San Jose State.
Utah State. Despite being underdogs in two of their three games, the Aggies are a surprising 3-0 after upsetting Air Force on the road. Blake Anderson will try to keep the magic coming with a tough home test against Boise State this week.
Memphis. It hasn’t always been pretty, but don’t look now, the Tigers are 3-0 after beating Mississippi State 31-29. The Tiger defense has yielded 575 yards a game the last two, but the Tiger offense has been up to the challenge. A tough home game against UTSA is on tap this week.
Texas San Antonio. The Roadrunners are 3-0 on the strength of a 14-point win over MTSU in their CUSA opener. Sincere McCormick had another 100-yard game and Frank Harris has 2 TD passes to pace UTSA. A matchup of the unbeatens is on tap this Saturday as UTSA visits Memphis.
Toledo was coming off a surprisingly close loss to Notre Dame in which they had 353 yards of offense and led much of the game and fell completely flat against a struggling Colorado State team. The Rams throttled the Rockets offense, holding them to 2 field goals in a 14-point win.
UNLV continues to struggle as evidenced by their 45-point loss to Iowa State. The Rebels’ defense has yielded 40 points a game, while the offense has scored only 13 in the last two games. It is hard to see the Rebels winning any of the games remaining on their schedule.
G5 Gurus Top 20 following Week 3.
Cincinnati maintains a firm grip on the #1 spot in the G5 Guru Poll. BYU is a very strong #2, followed by Liberty at #3 and Coastal Carolina at #4. Louisiana back to #5 after a thrashing of Ohio and Fresno State leaps 11 spots to #6. App State is a surprising #7, just in front of UCF who suffered their first loss
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