American, Football, Mountain West, Sun Belt

Three G5 games to offset Turkey Day hangover

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? Food, food, more food, and maybe some drinks? If nothing else your body usually feels like doing very little the day after Turkey Day. What looked like an amazing three-game slate on Friday in August, now seems like a snooze-fest.

Or does it?

What we do know is three of the top 4-ranked Group of 5 teams will play on Friday. Let’s take a look at them:

No. 25 Appalachian State (10-1 overall, 6-1 Sun Belt) at Troy (5-6, 3-4) 

Normally this would be a game that would have “upset alert” written all over it. But let’s face it, Troy has not been very good this season, despite the passing game of Kaleb Barker, who has thrown for nearly 3,400 yards and 30 TDs. Other than a three-point loss to Georgia Southern, App State has played very well this season behind the 204 carries and 1,168 yards from Darrynton Evans.

Prediction: Appalachian State 37, Troy 21

Boise State (10-1, 7-0 MW) at Colorado State (4-7, 3-4) 

Fort Collins has been receiving snow all week, and it is forecast to continue Friday. This may not help either team as the run games will likely be the focus. For the Broncos, they are still in the hunt for a NY6 berth, but regardless of the outcome against the Rams, Boise State will still host Hawaii on Dec.  for the Mountain West title. Look to see lots of running by Boise State’s George Holani (870 yards) and CSU’s Marvin Kinsey Jr. (703 yards).

Prediction: Boise State 34, Colorado State 14

No. 18 Memphis (10-1, 6-1 AAC) vs. No. 19 Cincinnati (10-1, 7-0) 

It all comes down to this. Well, maybe not. Here’s the deal: If Memphis wins, these team will play again next week to decide the American Athletic Conference championship. If Cincinnati wins, and Navy beats Houston on Saturday, those two will play for the AAC crown. There is a strong chance the Tigers and the Bearcats play again on Dec. 7.

Prediction: Memphis 41, Cincinnati 34


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