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


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


Hurricane Havoc Once Again

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


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. 7 TIME (CT) NAT TV LOCATION
Idaho State Utah State 7:00 PM Romney Stadium, Logan, UT
Friday, Sept. 8
#11Oklahoma State South Alabama 7:00 PM ESPN2 Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
Ohio Purdue 7:00 PM FS1 Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
Saturday, Sept. 9
Cincinnati #8Michigan 11:00 AM ABC Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Florida Atlantic #9Wisconsin 11:00 AM BTN Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Charlotte #19Kansas State 11:00 AM Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
#21South Florida Connecticut 11:00 AM ESPNN Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT
East Carolina West Virginia 11:00 AM FS2 Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
Buffalo Army 11:00 AM CBSSN Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
Texas State Colorado 1:00 PM PAC12 Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
UAB Ball State 2:00 PM ESPN3 Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN
Fresno State #1Alabama 2:30 PM ESPN2 Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Tulane Navy 2:30 PM CBSSN Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
Austin Peay Miami (OH) 2:30 PM ESPN3 Yager Stadium, Oxford, OH
Eastern Illinois Northern Illinois 2:30 PM ESPN3 Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL
Howard Kent State 2:30 PM ESPN3 Dix Stadium, Kent, OH
Villanova Temple 2:30 PM ESPN3 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Savannah State Appalachian State 2:30 PM ESPN3 Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
Middle Tennessee Syracuse 2:30 PM ACCN Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Old Dominion UMass 2:30 PM Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MA
Western Michigan Michigan State 2:30 PM BTN Spartan Stadium , East Lansing, MI
Eastern Michigan Rutgers 2:30 PM BTN High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
San José State Texas 2:30 PM LHN Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
Abilene Christian Colorado State 2:30 PM CSU Stadium, Fort Collins, CO
Gardner-Webb Wyoming 3:00 PM War Memorial Stadium , Laramie, WY
Central Michigan Kansas 3:00 PM Memorial Stadium , Lawrence, KS
Louisiana Tulsa 3:00 PM ESPN3 Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
Hawai’i UCLA 4:00 PM PAC12 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Marshall NC State 5:00 PM ACCN Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
New Hampshire Georgia Southern 5:00 PM ESPN3 Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA
South Dakota Bowling Green 5:00 PM ESPN3 Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH
Alabama State Troy 5:00 PM ESPN3 Veterans Memorial Stadium , Troy, AL
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Akron 5:30 PM ESPN3 InfoCision Stadium, Akron, OH
Louisiana Monroe #10Florida State 6:00 PM ACC Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Toledo Nevada 6:00 PM ESPN3 Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV
UNLV Idaho 6:00 PM ESPN3 Kibbie Dome, Moscow, ID
North Texas SMU 6:00 PM ESPN3 Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
Southern Southern Mississippi 6:00 PM M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS
Northern Colorado #22Florida 6:30 PM SECN Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
Mississippi State Louisiana Tech 6:30 PM CBSSN Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA
Alcorn State Florida Intl 6:30 PM FIU Stadium, Miami, FL
Rice UTEP 7:00 PM Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
UT San Antonio Baylor 7:00 PM McLane Stadium, Waco, TX
Western Kentucky Illinois 7:00 PM BTN Memorial Stadium , Champaign, IL
Boise State #20Washington State 9:30 PM ESPN Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
Houston Arizona 9:30 PM ESPNU Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
San Diego State Arizona State 10:00 PM PAC12 Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ