2021 Week 6 Summary

Week 6 in the Group of Five (G5) saw the following breakdown of games:

  • 23 G5 Conference Games
  • 4 G5 vs G5 non-conference
  • 1 G5 vs P5 Game

The G5 dropped their lone game against the Power 5 in week 6 as North Texas fell at Missouri.  For the week, the Mountain West picked up two more wins against fellow G5 groups, while the Independents went 1-2 and CUSA lost their only G% non-conference game. 

Winners:

Texas El-Paso (UTEP).  The Miners are 5-1 and a win away from bowl eligibility.  OK, so the schedule hasn’t been that tough.  But we wrote in our predictions for the CUSA that the Miners needed to “get the wins early”.  They have done just that.  A couple of winnable games are still on the schedule.  Could we see the Miners back in a bowl for the first time since 2014?

UTSA-Western Kentucky.  It might feel like a cop out to put both teams here, but wow, what a game!  98 points, over 1200 yards of total offense, 67 first downs, and a game saving interception near the goal line in the closing minute.  It is the game of the year so far in the G5.  The Roadrunners are bowl eligible, while the Hilltoppers have to regroup after one of the toughest opening schedules in the G5 leaves them 1-4. 

UMass.  The Minutemen got their first FBS win in over two years by beating Uconn 27-13.  The win breaks an overall 16 game losing streak in which the Minutemen have been outscored by an average of 50-12.  In those 16 games, the UMass defense allowed 40 or more points 15 times, and 50 or more 8 times.  It was no wonder that UMass fans stormed the field following the victory. 

Boise State.  The Broncos rebounded from a brutal opening schedule to even their record at 3-3 with an upset over 10th ranked BYU.  Boise avoided their fourth loss on the season (their last 4 loss season was 2015) and built some momentum as they head into the heart of the conference schedule. 

Losers:

Bowling Green.  Akron has only two FBS wins over the past two years, both have been against Bowling Green.  After a shocking win over Minnesota and a tightly contested loss to Kent State we thought perhaps the Falcons were turning the corner.  The 15-point loss to Akron sure feels like a definitive step back. 

UConn.  After two consecutive 2-point losses, we thought the Huskies were ready to breakout against UMass.  But a lackluster offensive showing with 3 turnovers doomed UConn to another loss and an 0-7 start.  The Huskies have FCS Yale at home this week.  They desperately need a win as the schedule afterwards is brutal. 

Arkansas State.  Prior to 2020, the Red Wolves had 9 consecutive winning seasons and were a perennial contender in the Sunbelt.  After their 52-20 loss to Coastal Carolina, they are 1-5, allowing 46.7 points per game – the worst in all of FBS. 

G5 Gurus Top 20 following Week 5.

In the G5 poll Cincinnati continues to dominate the top. BYU drops 3 spots to #5. Coastal moves into the #2 spot, UTSA continues their rapid rise, checking in at #3. SMU moves up to #4.

The remainder of the Top 10 includes Nevada, Louisiana, App State, San Diego State, and Liberty. App State and Louisiana clash on Tuesday of Week’s 7 in a game with significant Sunbelt conference importance. IN the second 10, Northern Illinois clocks in at #20 as Memphis drops out after their second consecutive loss.

TeamConfRecord
CincinnatiAAC13-1
LouisianaSBC13-1
HoustonAAC12-2
Utah StateMWC11-3
San Diego StateMWC12-2
Brigham YoungInd10-3
Fresno StateMWC10-3
Texas San AntonioCUSA12-2
Air ForceMWC10-3
Coastal CarolinaSBC11-2
ArmyInd9-4
Appalachian StateSBC10-4
Western KentuckyCUSA9-4
UCFAAC9-4
Alabama BirminghamCUSA9-4
Central MichiganCUSA9-4
Northern IllinoisMAC9-5
LibertyInd8-4
Western MichiganMAC8-4
SMUAAC8-4

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