CSJ’s FBS G5 Week 2 Game of the Week and Fearless Predictions

UCF’s Spectrum Stadium

Memphis Tigers (1-0) at Central Florida Knights (1-0)

Friday, September 8, 6:30 PM EDT, TV: ESPNU

Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

With Hurricane Irma, now a Category 5 storm, coming up through the Caribbean islands and likely headed toward Florida, the decision was made to play the game about 24 hours earlier than originally scheduled.

The two teams decided to move this game up and not postpone as the two schools do not share a bye week later this season.

Both schools are coming off of non-conference wins and this clash begins the American Athletic Conference play for both schools.

Knight quarterback McKenzie Milton threw for career highs with 360 yards and four touchdowns in the 61-17 win against Florida International.  UCF broke the 60-point barrier for the first time since a 62-17 win against UConn Oct. 26, 2013. UCF freshmen accounted for 183 yards of offense and two touchdowns against FIU.

Meanwhile, Memphis saw Memphis finished with 319 rushing yards and forced four turnovers in rainy conditions in its 37-29 win against Louisiana-Monroe. Running back Darrell Henderson had a career-high 169 rushing yards, while RB Patrick Taylor Jr. had a career-high 132 yards on the ground. Wide reciever Tony Pollard returned the opening kickoff of the second half 99 yards for a touchdown, registering his third career kickoff return for a score.

Saturday’s game will be the 11th meeting between Memphis and UCF.  The Tigers won the first meeting in 1990, but the Knights have taken the last nine matchups.  The 2013 matchup was likely the most historic in the brief series as it was a battle of future NFL quarterbacks as UCF’s Blake Bortles threw for 160 yards and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch threw for 279 in UCF’s 24-17 win.

Coaches Press Conferences

Memphis’ Mike Norvell

 

UCF’s Scott Frost

UCF Assistants Breakdown Memphis

Game Notes

Memphis Game Notes

UCF Game Notes

American Notes

For this game, the offenses as highlighted but somewhat contrasting styles.  It will be the passing attack for the Knights and the running attack for the Tigers.

I like the Knights at home in this one to take this one but should be close.

UCF 27 Memphis 20

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In-state Rivalries

Two other games I am watching within the G5 ranks are in the states of Utah and New Mexico to see these rivalry games.  In the Holy War, BYU plays Utah and the Rio Grande Rivalry with New Mexico and New Mexico State.

Utah at BYU—The Cougars have not looked great in its first two games.  I don’t think they will look too great this week either in the Holy War.  Utes 31 Cougars 17

New Mexico State at New Mexico—The Aggies won this game last year.  I think the Lobos will get revenge this year at home but it will be close.  Lobos 37 Aggies 28

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Hurricane Havoc Once Again 

The Miami (FL) at Arkansas State game was canceled for this week and will not be made up.

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Just the Picks

I am running late this week so here are just the picks for this weekend’s games involving G5 teams.  Winners in BOLD.

Thursday, Sept. 7TIME  (CT)NAT TVLOCATION
Idaho StateUtah State7:00 PMRomney Stadium, Logan, UT
Friday, Sept. 8
#11Oklahoma StateSouth Alabama7:00 PMESPN2Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
OhioPurdue7:00 PMFS1Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
Saturday, Sept. 9
TIME  (CT)NAT TVLOCATION
Cincinnati#8Michigan11:00 AMABCMichigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Florida Atlantic#9Wisconsin11:00 AMBTNCamp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Charlotte#19Kansas State11:00 AMBill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
#21South FloridaConnecticut11:00 AMESPNNRentschler Field, East Hartford, CT
East CarolinaWest Virginia11:00 AMFS2Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
BuffaloArmy11:00 AMCBSSNMichie Stadium, West Point, NY
Texas StateColorado1:00 PMPAC12Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
UABBall State2:00 PMESPN3Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN
Fresno State#1Alabama2:30 PMESPN2Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
TulaneNavy2:30 PMCBSSNNavy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
Austin PeayMiami (OH)2:30 PMESPN3Yager Stadium, Oxford, OH
Eastern IllinoisNorthern Illinois2:30 PMESPN3Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL
HowardKent State2:30 PMESPN3Dix Stadium, Kent, OH
VillanovaTemple2:30 PMESPN3Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Savannah StateAppalachian State2:30 PMESPN3Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
Middle TennesseeSyracuse2:30 PMACCNCarrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Old DominionUMass2:30 PMWarren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MA
Western MichiganMichigan State2:30 PMBTNSpartan Stadium , East Lansing, MI
Eastern MichiganRutgers2:30 PMBTNHigh Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
San José StateTexas2:30 PMLHNRoyal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
Abilene ChristianColorado State2:30 PMCSU Stadium, Fort Collins, CO
Gardner-WebbWyoming3:00 PMWar Memorial Stadium , Laramie, WY
Central MichiganKansas3:00 PMMemorial Stadium , Lawrence, KS
LouisianaTulsa3:00 PMESPN3Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
Hawai’iUCLA4:00 PMPAC12Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
MarshallNC State5:00 PMACCNCarter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
New HampshireGeorgia Southern5:00 PMESPN3Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA
South DakotaBowling Green5:00 PMESPN3Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH
Alabama StateTroy5:00 PMESPN3Veterans Memorial Stadium , Troy, AL
Arkansas-Pine BluffAkron5:30 PMESPN3InfoCision Stadium, Akron, OH
Louisiana Monroe#10Florida State6:00 PMACCDoak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
ToledoNevada6:00 PMESPN3Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV
UNLVIdaho6:00 PMESPN3Kibbie Dome, Moscow, ID
North TexasSMU6:00 PMESPN3Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
SouthernSouthern Mississippi6:00 PMM. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS
Northern Colorado#22Florida6:30 PMSECNBen Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
Mississippi StateLouisiana Tech6:30 PMCBSSNJoe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA
Alcorn StateFlorida Intl6:30 PMFIU Stadium, Miami, FL
RiceUTEP7:00 PMSun Bowl, El Paso, TX
UT San AntonioBaylor7:00 PMMcLane Stadium, Waco, TX
Western KentuckyIllinois7:00 PMBTNMemorial Stadium , Champaign, IL
Boise State#20Washington State9:30 PMESPNMartin Stadium, Pullman, WA
HoustonArizona9:30 PMESPNUArizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
San Diego StateArizona State10:00 PMPAC12Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ

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