Friday’s G5 games: UCF-Memphis cancelled

There are only three G5 games tonight and one that was cancelled. If you’re looking for an upset, the lone team with a shot is Ohio. The Bobcats will take on Purdue (FS1, 5 p.m.) and are only a slight underdog.

As for what could have been a good game, the UCF-Memphis game has been cancelled in Orlando because of Hurricane Irma (be safe, Floridians).

Also on tap is Florida International (which has been moved to Birmingham, Ala.) and what should be blowout with South Alabama hosting No. 11 Oklahoma State (on ESPN2, 5 p.m.)

 

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Plenty of solid G5 games this weekend

One of the best parts of the early-season schedule is Group of 5 games vs. Power 5. This week should provide a chance for a few upsets — or at least close finishes (we are hoping).

If you’re looking for some good games to watch — and hopefully an upset or two — here are a few that might turn into something on Saturday.

Memphis at UCF, Friday 5:30 p.m. ESPNU (time, day has been changed)

This might be called off thanks to the looming hurricane (Irma) but if not, this should be a solid game of two G5 teams. UCF is a mild favorite, but this one should be close in Orlando, with the winner becoming a front-runner (with South Florida, of course) for a berth in the American Athletic Conference title game.

Western Michigan at Michigan State, noon on BTN

Western gave USC all it could handle last week and this week should give Sparty a run for its money as well. Michigan State is a touchdown favorite and plenty to prove after last year’s giant thud of a season.

Eastern Michigan at Rutgers, 2:30 p.m. on BTN

Don’t sleep on this one as Eastern Michigan is only a 5.5 underdog against Rutgers, a team that has not impressed in a while. The Eagle are coming off a 24-7 win against Charlotte, while Rutgers got beat by Washington, 30-14.

Central Michigan at Kansas, 3 p.m. 

Why not, we got the other directional Michigan schools in here. The Chippewa’s are 1-0 and only a 5.5 underdog at Kansas, a team known to embarrass itself from time to time.

Western Kentucky at Illinois, 7 p.m. on BTN

This one has upset written all over it — a more than solid Western Kentucky team on the road against a not-so-good Big Ten team? Sign me up. The Hilltoppers are a touchdown underdog, by the way.

Houston at Arizona, 9:30 p.m. on ESPNU

At G5 team on the road as a favorite? Yes, sir! Rich Rod may be on the outs in Tucson.

Two in the Mountain West

San Diego State travels to Arizona State (10 p.m. on PAC12) and will (more than likely) keep it close, while Boise State heads to No. 20 Washington State (9:30 p.m. on ESPN). I think one of these Mountain West teams may pull off the mild upset, and who knows, maybe both will?

Really, South Florida? Stony Brook!

As the lone G5 team in the rankings this week, South Florida wasn’t exactly looking the part. Not only were the Bulls (2-0 overall) get off to a slow start, they were down 10-7 heading into halftime against Stony Brook.

For now, however, USF is one of only a handful of teams in the G5 ranks to get any consideration for the NY6 bowl. But there is no doubt that this won’t impress any voter and could cause the Bulls to slip a tad when the rankings come out Tuesday morning.

On the horizon for USF: UCONN, a team that certainly won’t help the Bulls’ SOS moving forward.

Week 3 Winners (and a few losers)

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College football is a wild and crazy game, yes? I mean, who thought Louisville would rout Florida State or North Dakota State would beat yet another FBS school — Iowa was ranked No. 13 after all.

But enough about the major headlines, let’s take a look at the Group of 5 teams that made an impact this weekend.

Is Western Michigan for real?

Ok, let’s not get too crazy here, but the Broncos did beat another Big Ten team in Illinois on Saturday, moving to 3-0 on the young season. WMU also topped Northwestern in Week 1 as well. So where does this leave the Broncos? Probably in a really good spot to win the MAC. Next week the Broncos take on Georgia Southern before (the MAC game of the year?) playing heading north to play Central Michigan (also 3-0).

Speaking of Central Michigan 

The Chippewas took out UNLV on Saturday, and will next play at Virginia. Can we expect two 4-0 MAC teams to battle for the MAC on October 1. It’s looking more and more like that could be the case as CMU hosts WMU for the right to move to 5-0.

South Florida wins again

The Bulls took the long trip north to play at Syracuse, which had stated to show signs of not being awful (trying to stay positive here). The Bulls were in a dogfight early, but eventually blew the doors off the Carrier Dome, routing the Orange, 45-20. USF is now 3-0, but oh no, it has to play Florida State next week. I’m gonna bet FSU is gonna be ready to prove something.

San Diego State stock still rising 

The Aztecs too to the road and beat Northern Illinois, but what will help the most in the polls took place late Saturday night back in California. No. 11 Texas lost to Cal, a team San Diego State topped a week ago. Outside of Houston, the Aztecs (3-0) look like the best Group of 5 football team at this point in the young season.

And then there were some losers …

No love for Boise State

Despite the Broncos (2-0) winning their first two games since 2011, they are getting very little love in the national polls. Boise State had the week off, after beating Washington State last week and are still sitting outside of the Top 25 — by about 4-5 spots. The Broncos get a shot at another Pac-12 team this week as they travel to Oregon State, a nationally televised game on FS1.

Appalachian State falls flat 

The Mountaineers hosted No. 25 Miami on Saturday, likely their biggest home game ever (minus many FCS playoff games, of course) as an FBS team. But the game was a major mismatch as the Hurricanes rolled to a 45-10 win. Too bad as Appy State looked great on the road at Tennessee in Week 1. A missed opportunity? Absolutely.