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 Post subject: Group of 5 FBS talk
PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:27 pm 
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Future Home and Home series announced this week between Group of 5 conferences:

App St. to play Wyoming in home and home series. This will be good for the SBC. Not a whole lot of match-ups against MW.
http://www.fbschedules.com/2014/09/appa ... h-wyoming/

ODU to play home and home against UMass. UMass may be a indy by 2016 and they are starting to plan for it.
http://www.fbschedules.com/2014/09/old- ... ll-series/

Army to play UTEP in home and home series.
http://www.fbschedules.com/2014/09/army ... ll-series/


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 Post subject: Re: Group of 5 FBS talk
PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:38 pm 
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Which G05 conference is leading the way through the first two weeks of the season. Remember that they are playing for that one big time new years day bowl game. Big time exposure for these schools and big pay day. Highest ranks conference champ gets invite. What looked like AAC's to loose at the beginning and turning into anyone's opportunity now that the top AAC teams have not had good showing thus far.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:52 pm 
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La Tech beat North Texas last night in C-USA opener. La. Tech is 3-0 and has beaten the SBC defending champ ULL and now has beat North Texas. Could La Tech be the team to beat in C-USA instead of Marshall?


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Interesting Game September 20th. Southern Miss host Appalachian State. The interesting part is that both teams play in a stadium called "The Rock", and both have similar color's. Interesting to see how App St. can compete with USM. USM has been struggling last year and so far this year so I give App St a decent change to come out ahead. Predict a 35-28 App St win. what you think?


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 Post subject: Re: Group of 5 FBS talk
PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:17 pm 
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I might look forward to the Toledo vs. Cincinnati game tonight. Cincy is about to start its season opener after having its first two weeks off due to byes. Plus, the Bearcats are questioned to be the favorite to win the AAC (with Louisville & Rutgers gone). Might be very interesting to see how things might go.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:20 pm 
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ncaanopaawaa2000 wrote:
I might look forward to the Toledo vs. Cincinnati game tonight. Cincy is about to start its season opener after having its first two weeks off due to byes. Plus, the Bearcats are questioned to be the favorite to win the AAC (with Louisville & Rutgers gone). Might be very interesting to see how things might go.



Yeah Cincinnati had these two bye weeks back to back due to scheduling flubs. They were scheduled to host Stony Brooke but then they had a chance to get a home and home series with Miami. They thought the AAC would schedule a conference game within the two first weeks but the AAC decided not to. Not only did the AAC not schedule Cincy a conference game early then also did not schedule Cincy to play UCF this year. This could have been their biggest conference game and they did not schedule the two teams to meet.


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Not a FBS story yet, but could be in the future. NDSU. College Game day is going to be in Fargo this week. NDSU has become the App St of the FCS. They have one 3 consecutive National Championships in FCS and has won 5 games in a row against the Big 12. They have to be considered one of the next FCS call up don't they? They have two real choices the MW and the MAC. MAC has 13 and is losing UMass to go to 12 so I don't see this as a real option. But the MW is interesting. MW may be losing Hawaii in the future at some point. Hawaii is a football only member of the MW. So NDSU could fill that opening and either only move their FB up or could except a full sports invite is MW wanted to get to 12 full members.


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 Post subject: Re: Group of 5 FBS talk
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App St. to play Georgia in 2017
http://www.fbschedules.com/2014/09/geor ... -schedule/


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 Post subject: Re: Group of 5 FBS talk
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Lemme summarize on how the Go5 schools had progressed per conference:

a.) AAC: Houston lost devastating game at #25 BYU; Cincinnati plowed Toledo on its season & home opener; defending AAC champ UCF couldn't score importantly in the 2nd half vs. Mizzou (so much for its chances to a spot of the CFP); UConn lost to former BCS buster in Boise St.; Tulane got a win, but was against an in-state FCS team; East Carolina upsetted Virginia Tech on the road (the week after the Hokies upsetted Ohio St.); Tulsa got upsettingly cruised by FAU; and South Florida got beaten early by N.C. State. Team(s) with momentum: Cincy & ECU

b.) C-USA: Louisiana Tech pounded North Texas in C-USA play; FIU didn't hold an early halftime lead only to get pounced by Pitt at home; Marshall defeated former MAC conference for in Ohio; UAB defeated an in-state FCS team; Old Dominion won a game with 2.5 TDs over Eastern Michigan (who scored just a FG); Southern Miss got rolled by #3 Bama; FAU cruised over Tulsa; Middle Tennessee St. beat newcomer Western Kentucky in 3OT (very close game); UTSA got road-runned by OK State; UTEP dug its way to victory over an uprising New Mexico St. team; and defending C-USA champ Rice got pounced again by former SWC conference mate #8 Texas A&M (deja-vu as of 2012 or 2013). Team(s) with momentum: Marshall, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, FAU, Middle Tennessee

c.) MAC: Toledo got slashed by Cincinnati; Buffalo got blown out by #8 Baylor; Kent St. got routed by a rejuvenated Ohio St. (what a way to bounce back after being upsetted); Ohio got beaten to former MAC member Marshall, and didn't score on the 1st half; Central Michigan got crushed by Syracuse, after leading the 1st quarter by just the FG; Bowling Green upsetted Indiana in a close game; UMass still winless after losing a game that should been a close on vs. Vanderbilt; Ball State got upsetted by an in-state FCS team by a TD; Miami (Oh.) lost to Michigan; Western Michigan cruised over Idaho; Eastern Michigan lost a small scored game vs. Old Dominion; and Northern Illinois still unbeaten (even not ranked yet) as they beat UNLV. Team(s) with momentum: Bowling Green, Western Michigan & Northern Illinois

d.) MW: Boise St. stampeded over UConn; Air Force soared up its way to victory over Georgia St.; Wyoming got routed badly by #2 Oregon after having an early 1st quarter lead; Colorado St. defeated UC-Davis; Utah St. held off Wake Forest; UNLV got beaten by Northern Illinois; defending MW champ Fresno St. still winless and got shredded by Nebraska; Nevada lost a close game to Arizona; and Hawaii finally got a victory this season, but was against an FCS team. Team(s) with momentum: Air Force, Boise St. & Colorado St.

e.) Sun Belt: Georgia Southern lost another chance to upset an P-5 team in its first year of FBS play, but ironically it was another ACC team like Georgia Tech; Georgia St. got defeated by Air Force; one of the conf.'s faves Arkansas St. got blown by Miami (Fla.); another of the conf.'s faves ULL got defeated by #14 Ole Miss; South Alabama nearly scoreless in their defeat vs. Mississippi St.; Idaho lost to Western Michigan; Troy got upsetted by an upcoming FCS school (transitioned from D-II) in a close game by a FG (DAMN!); ULL got shutout by #10 LSU; New Mexico St. lost a game that they should have won vs. UTEP (even if it should be a rivalry game in my opinion); and Texas St. lost to Navy. Wow! No wonder I heard from someone nicknaming the conference's schools as "The Sun Belt Stinkers" during this past weekend's ESPN College Gameday. Not sure if this might either make or break them in their upcoming games throughout the season.

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 Post subject: Re: Group of 5 FBS talk
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:32 pm 
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It was not a great week for the Mid Majors. yes there were w few good wins (ECU over VT, and BG over UI) but not many more. The Sun Belt took a big hit this week going 0-10. The Sun Belt could easily go from being the Highest rated non-P5 conference last year to the lowest this year with all these loses. One reason is that they added 4 more schools which have not helped the conference to this point. While Georgia Southern has looked really good against NC State and GT, they have blown the lead late in both games and lost. App St. got whipped by Michigan (which was to be expected this time around, and beat a FCS, hope to see how they stack up against USM this week). Idaho has been a waste to this point, and NMSU while 2-1 lost to UTEP when the conference needed a win. Also Troy losing to FCS was real bad and Troy has been real bad 0-3 so far. As of right now ECU is in the drivers seat for the big bowl bid, and I don't think that will change unless they don't win their conference. BG has a chance but must win conference and has the conference and hope for some help.


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 Post subject: Re: Group of 5 FBS talk
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:22 pm 
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Don't discount Marshall for that big bowl slot. They have an easy schedule in that weak C-USA East and ought to be favored to go 12-0 leading into the C-USA title game.


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 Post subject: Re: Group of 5 FBS talk
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Just out of curiosity, I wonder if there has ever been a week like the Sunbelt in CFB history?--going winless was rough.


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fighting muskie wrote:
Don't discount Marshall for that big bowl slot. They have an easy schedule in that weak C-USA East and ought to be favored to go 12-0 leading into the C-USA title game.


Might be possible to head to that run, if they keep up the consistency in terms of how they play competitively; just like the 1999 season (when Marshall went undefeated in the MAC, but no big bowl bid for them back in the old BCS days).

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Just out of curiosity, I wonder if there has ever been a week like the Sunbelt in CFB history?--going winless was rough.


Maybe several times; maybe not. Who knows? But that's why the conference is being nicknamed as "The Sun Belt Stinkers". Whoever came up with it must have a reason.

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 Post subject: Re: Group of 5 FBS talk
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IDK if another conference has went 0-10 before in one day, but I do know that the SBC had their chances to win some of those games. Georgia Southern should have beat GT. They were winning and had the ball about to school again inside the red zone with less then 4 mins to go and they threw a backwards pass that was mishandled and GT recovered. If this did not happen the Belt would have gotten a big win. I think the Belt expected more out of ULL this year and ULL really blew it the last two weeks. Losing to La Tech at home is backbreaking. Everyone expected the games against the SEC teams to be wins for the SEC but I think that the Belt thought at least one of their top teams (ULL, Ark. St, or USA) could have pulled off one win (didn't happen) not only did they not win they all got blew out. The best matchup was ULM vs. LSU, and ULM did not even score (but it was at least a good defensive showing for them). Texas St. shot themselves in the foot against Navy, they were about to score from the two yard line and they received 3 personal foul penalties in a row that took them out of field goal range and the coach even got a personal foul for showing himself. Crazy! Idaho (we all knew that this team stinks and will continue to stink, only drags the conference down.) NMSU (their 2-1 so far so lets see). Troy losing to FCS is just pain stupid considering they lost to the FCS team that Georgia State beat in week 1 for their first win as a FBS team. What does that say about Troy (a team that was at or near 500 last year). Just a really bad week that could have had some bright spots but (as Sheldon says) if "if and buts were candy and nuts we would all have a Merry Christmas"!


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 Post subject: Re: Group of 5 FBS talk
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http://www.fbschedules.com/2014/09/ul-l ... ucky-2015/

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