2021 Week 5 Summary

Week 5 in the Group of Five (G5) saw the following breakdown of games:

  • 6 Power 5 (P5) versus G5
  • 6 G5 vs G5 non-conference
  • 21 G5 Conference Games

The G5 went 1-5 against the Power 5, but the 1 was huge.  Cincinnati made a massive statement with a 24-13 win over Notre Dame in South Bend.  With the win, the Bearcats vaulted to #5 in the polls and are poised to push to be the first G5 team to be included in the College Football Playoffs. 

In the G5 games, the MAC had another solid week going 2-0 against the other G5 conferences.  The Independents finished at 2-3 for the week.    


Cincinnati.  What can you say?  The Bearcats were faced with two tough road tests against P5 opponents this season.  They passed both tests with flying colors.  The 24-13 win over Notre dame is easily the biggest win in program history.  Some tough tests remain in the AAC, but win out and it will be hard to keep the Bearcats out of the discussion in the College Football Playoff.

Coastal Carolina.  We at the G5 Gurus will admit, we aren’t impressed with the Chanticleers schedule.  It ranks 130 out of 130 in the FBS in terms of difficulty.  However, we are impressed in how they are going about their business in winning.  To date, Coastal is AVERAGING 48 points per game and yielding only 14.  A margin of 34.  They are putting the throttle down early and often. 

Hawaii.  Who saw that one coming?  The Rainbow Warriors took out arguably the hottest team in the G5 in the Fresno State Bulldogs.  Hawaii held the Bulldogs in check and came away with a 27-24 victory.  Their reward is to now travel to Nevada to face the red hot Wolf Pack.    

Georgia Southern.  We must give some love to the Eagles.  After a tumultuous week that saw their head coach fired, and a starting defensive player suspended, the Eagles responded with a resounding 59-33 win over Arkansas State.  The Eagles got back to their roots, rushing for 503 yards and AVERAGING over 10 yards per carry as a team. 


Tulsa enjoyed a strong 2020 season going 6-2 and losing a tight bowl game to Mississippi State.  They opened the 2021 season losing to FCS UC Davis.  They played Oklahoma State to a one possession game and stayed tight with Ohio State for 3 quarters.  After a back-and-forth win over Arkansas State, the Golden Hurricane plummeted in a 35 point home loss to Houston. 

After a strong 2-0 start, the Marshall Thundering Herd finds themselves at 2-3 following a surprising loss to Middle Tennessee State.  The schedule is favorable for the Herd over the next 3 weeks before a pivotal showdown with FAU. 

Likewise, the Memphis Tigers started 3-0 before dropping a tight contest to unbeaten UTSA.  We didn’t see the train wreck coming against Temple.  The Owls outscored the Tigers 34-31, with 322 yards passing.  The Tigers have to right their ship quickly with a tough slate of AAC games facing them head-on. 

G5 Gurus Top 20 following Week 5.

Cincinnati, on the heels of their momentous win at South Bend, easily holds the #1 spot in the G5 Rankings after week 5. BYU and Coastal Carolina remain at #2 and #3 respectively. Texas San Antonio jumps two spots into the #4 slot, followed by the big mover of the week, SMU, up 8 spots to #5.

The remainder of the Top 5 includes Louisiana, App State, San Diego State, Liberty, and Nevada. There was a lot of movement in the second 10 with Fresno State, Army, Boise State, UCF, and UAB all dropping after losses. Big movers up in the second 10 include Houston, Western Michigan, and Wyoming.

Utah StateMWC11-3
San Diego StateMWC12-2
Brigham YoungInd10-3
Fresno StateMWC10-3
Texas San AntonioCUSA12-2
Air ForceMWC10-3
Coastal CarolinaSBC11-2
Appalachian StateSBC10-4
Western KentuckyCUSA9-4
Alabama BirminghamCUSA9-4
Central MichiganCUSA9-4
Northern IllinoisMAC9-5
Western MichiganMAC8-4

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