Week 8 in the Group of 5 kicks off with a huge Sunbelt East showdown as Appalachian State hosts #14 Coastal Carolina.  The Chanticleers have enjoyed a 12 day break while the Mountaineers are licking their wounds after a 41-13 loss in Louisiana.  Statistically this looks like a one-sided game, but the G5 Panel was split on the outcome.  The Mountaineers are a proud program and are doubly tough at home.  Coastal hasn’t faced this level of competition this season or an atmosphere like Kid Brewer stadium.  We see Coastal winning, but we believe the Mountaineers will give them a test. 

In an important CUSA matchup, Charlotte host Florida Atlantic.  The 49ers control their own destiny in the East but will be facing a step-up in CUSA competition in the next two weeks beginning with FAU.  The Guru panel sees the visiting Owls winning and covering the spread. 

The Mountain West sees three games this week that could shape the divisional races.  In the first game Utah State hosts Colorado State.  The Rams are slight favorites, but we see the home-standing Aggies prevailing in low scoring affair.  In the second matchup, Fresno State welcomes in Nevada. Both teams are coming off victories and both need to keep winning to stay in the West division of the Mountain West.  The Bulldogs are tough at home, but we see the Wolfpack prevailing is a tight contest featuring the two top quarterbacks in the Mountain West.  The third game is a matchup of teams near the top of their respective divisions when the unbeaten San Diego State Aztecs visit the Air Force Falcons.  In another tight game, we see the Falcons prevailing in a game that should exceed the low 41 point line. 

In the AAC Central Florida host the Memphis Tigers.  Both teams need a win, but we see the Knights rebounding from a lackluster showing against Cincinnati and holding off the Tigers in a game that will stay below the 65-point line. 

In the MAC, preseason West favorite Toledo hosts Western Michigan. Neither team can afford another loss if they want to stay in the chase in the MAC West.  While the stats and momentum favor the Broncos, we keep waiting to see the Rocket team we expected this season.  Could this be the week?  The panel was split but we see the Broncos prevailing in a tight contest that will exceed the 54-point line.  Central Michigan, currently tied for second in the MAC West, hosts division leading Northern Illinois. A loss by Northern Illinois could throw the MAC West into a 3-4 team tie for first place.  And that is what the Guru Panel sees happening as the Chippewas will prevail in a lower scoring game.  Just in time for MACaction to start in November! 

In Power 5 vs Group of 5 matchups, BYU tries to get back on track when they travel to Washington State in a match-up of Cougars.  This is essentially a pick-em game, but we see BYU getting back on track in a higher score game. In another key game the Army Black Knights play host to the 15th ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons.  While the Black Knights are tough at home, the Demon Deacons are under-rated.  We see Wake Forest winning and covering. 

All of our picks for Week 8 are provided below. 

Group of Five GamesG5 Gurus Picks
Appalachian StateCoastal Carolina359.5Coastal CarolinaYesOver
CharlotteFlorida Atlantic5.554.5Florida AtlanticYesUnder
Arkansas StateLouisiana1766.5LouisianaNoOver
Southern MethodistTulane-1470Southern MethodistYesUnder
Utah StateColorado State2.555Utah StateNoUnder
Central FloridaMemphis-365Central FloridaYesUnder
HoustonEast Carolina-1358HoustonNoOver
Bowling Green StateEastern Michigan349.5Eastern MichiganYesOver
OhioKent State563Kent StateYesOver
North TexasLiberty21.560.5LibertyYesOver
Ball StateMiami (OH)-651.5Ball StateNoOver
ConnecticutMiddle Tennessee State1554.5Middle Tennessee StateNoOver
Fresno StateNevada-461NevadaNoUnder
WyomingNew Mexico-2040.5WyomingYesOver
HawaiiNew Mexico State-18.561HawaiiYesUnder
Central MichiganNorthern Illinois-558.5Central MichiganYesUnder
Air ForceSan Diego State-441Air ForceYesOver
Nevada-Las VegasSan Jose State4.546.5San Jose StateYesOver
Louisiana-MonroeSouth Alabama13.551South AlabamaNoOver
South FloridaTemple-3.557.5South FloridaNoUnder
Georgia StateTexas State-10.561Georgia StateYesOver
Louisiana TechTexas-San Antonio658.5Texas-San AntonioYesUnder
Florida InternationalWestern Kentucky1775Western KentuckyYesUnder
ToledoWestern Michigan2.554.5Western MichiganYesOver
Washington StateBrigham Young153Brigham YoungYesOver
Florida StateMassachusetts-3560.5Florida StateNoOver
ArmyWake Forest352Wake ForestYesOver