Week 7 in the Group of Five (G5) saw the following breakdown of games:
- 24 G5 Conference Games
- 1 G5 vs G5 non-conference
- 2 G5 vs P5 Game
The G5 dropped both games against the Power 5 in week 7 as Baylor beat BYU and Wisconsin edged by Army. In the only G5 non-conference action, ULM shocked Liberty, bringing the Sunbelt’s overall record to 20-16, trailing only the MWC in winning percentage on the year.
Texas El-Paso (UTEP). We have to give the Miners some more love this week. The Miners are 6-1 and are bowl eligible after shutting down Louisiana Tech. The 1903 win over a Louisiana Tech team that has taken two Top 25 teams to the final possession was very impressive. It also ties the Miners for first in the CUSA West with a 3-0 record.
Louisiana. We will admit it, we liked the Cajuns, but . . . The Rajin’ Cajuns have been a fixture in our top 10 all year long but had simply not played to the level we expected. Wow, did they pick it up a few notches in completely dominating Appalachian State 41-13. It was App State’s worst loss to a non-P5 team since 2004. Levi Lewis was outstanding, and the Cajun defense completed throttled the Mountaineers.
Louisiana-Monroe. This was the definition of a blind side. The Warhawks came into their game against Liberty having given up 114 points in their previous two games. Their opponent, Liberty, was #10 in the G5 Guru poll and was coming off two consecutive dominating wins. However, these types of games are the reason we love college football. Calum Sutherland hit a 53 yard field goal with 1:44 to go and the Warhawk defense picked off Malik Willis three times, including one on the last drive to seal the victory.
Air Force. The Falcons moved to 6-1 and are bowl eligible after a hard-fought 24-17 over Boise State. With the win the Falcons keep pressure on Colorado State in the Mountain Division of the MWC. It sets up a critical game home for the Falcons on Saturday against undefeated San Diego State.
Western Michigan. Kaleb Elerby had himself a day. The third year QB for Western Michigan threw for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Sean Taylor rushed for 168 yards on only 17 carries to lead the Broncos to a conference win over Kent State 64-31. The 64 points and 648 yards of total offense were the Bronco’s highest outputs of the season.
UConn. After 710 days, the Huskies finally got a “W” with a 21-15 win over Yale. The Huskies did not play in 2020 due to COVID and had lost a total of 11 games in a row. The Huskies have a daunting remaining schedule, but they can savor this win for a few days. It had been a long time coming.
Toledo. The Rockets were a prohibitive favorite to win the MAC West at the beginning of the season. After their loss to central Michigan, the Rockets are in last place, two losses behind the division leading Northern Illinois Huskies. The Rocket’s offense has not been able to generate points, despite playing turnover free football during their current two game losing streak.
UNLV. The Rebels losing streak reached 12 games with their 28-24 loss to Utah State. The Rebels are playing hard, losing by 8, 7, and 4 in their last three games (all against teams with winning records), but can’t seem to find the breaks to get on the winning side of the ledger.
Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles dropped their 6th game of the season, being shut out by UAB 34-0. It was an offensive melt-down, as the Golden Eagles generated only 107 yards of total offense. In their 6 games against FBS competition, the Golden Eagles have averaged only 10.3 points a game. Overall, their offense ranks 128th out of 130 in the FBS. They are on pace to be the lowest scoring Southern Miss team since 1976.
G5 Gurus Top 20 following Week 7.
The top 4 in the G5 Gurus Top 20 remained unchanged. BYU dropped from #5 to #9 after dropping a 38-24 decision to Baylor. Nevada and Louisiana both moved up 1 slot to #5 and #6 respectively. Unbeaten San Diego State moved up 2 spots to #7 and Houston moved up 3 spots to take the #8 spot. Air Force, on the back of their win over Boise State moved up 5 spots to claim the #10 slot.
Appalachian State fell 5 spots to #13 after their lopsided loss to Louisiana, taking a bit of the luster off their match-up this week at home against #2 Coastal Carolina. Liberty and Boise State were the big droppers in the poll, each falling 6 spots. Utah State re-entered the rankings at #18 and 6-1 UTEP entered at #20.
|San Diego State||MWC||12-2|
|Texas San Antonio||CUSA||12-2|