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 Games||G5 Gurus Picks|
|Appalachian State||Coastal Carolina||3||59.5||Coastal Carolina||Yes||Over|
|Charlotte||Florida Atlantic||5.5||54.5||Florida Atlantic||Yes||Under|
|Southern Methodist||Tulane||-14||70||Southern Methodist||Yes||Under|
|Utah State||Colorado State||2.5||55||Utah State||No||Under|
|Central Florida||Memphis||-3||65||Central Florida||Yes||Under|
|Bowling Green State||Eastern Michigan||3||49.5||Eastern Michigan||Yes||Over|
|Ohio||Kent State||5||63||Kent State||Yes||Over|
|Ball State||Miami (OH)||-6||51.5||Ball State||No||Over|
|Connecticut||Middle Tennessee State||15||54.5||Middle Tennessee State||No||Over|
|Hawaii||New Mexico State||-18.5||61||Hawaii||Yes||Under|
|Central Michigan||Northern Illinois||-5||58.5||Central Michigan||Yes||Under|
|Air Force||San Diego State||-4||41||Air Force||Yes||Over|
|Nevada-Las Vegas||San Jose State||4.5||46.5||San Jose State||Yes||Over|
|Louisiana-Monroe||South Alabama||13.5||51||South Alabama||No||Over|
|South Florida||Temple||-3.5||57.5||South Florida||No||Under|
|Georgia State||Texas State||-10.5||61||Georgia State||Yes||Over|
|Louisiana Tech||Texas-San Antonio||6||58.5||Texas-San Antonio||Yes||Under|
|Florida International||Western Kentucky||17||75||Western Kentucky||Yes||Under|
|Toledo||Western Michigan||2.5||54.5||Western Michigan||Yes||Over|
|Washington State||Brigham Young||1||53||Brigham Young||Yes||Over|
|Florida State||Massachusetts||-35||60.5||Florida State||No||Over|
|Army||Wake Forest||3||52||Wake Forest||Yes||Over|