This week’s game of the week pitting #13 Fresno State at #14 Wyoming and it finished in a close final but was a little bit of downer as Wyoming star quarterback Josh Allen was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Fresno State won the game and wrapped up not only its fate in the Mountain West championship game but also set-up its opponent in Boise State, who was also a Top 25 winner over Air Force this week.
The other CSJ Sagarin Top 25 match-ups saw #1 ranked UCF soundly defeat #21 Temple on the road, #12 Northern Illinois narrowly escaped at home over #18 Western Michigan, and #3 Memphis outscored #15 SMU.
As mentioned, the Mountain West championship match-up is set (although setting could still be in play as the higher ranked squad gets the home field). Other conferences in the Group of Five also are getting championship game bids.
The Conference USA has wrapped up its two division champions with Florida Atlantic and North Texas. Florida Atlantic will host this game on Dec. 2–the date for all FBS championship games within the Group of Five.
The MAC and American still have both sides of the lager still yet to be decided. Also note that the Sun Belt does not have a championship game in its league but its league champion is also not yet crowned.
Below are some video highlights of these games and the remaining Top 15 teams in action this week.
#1 UCF 45 #21 Temple 21 (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
#2 Boise State 44 Air Force 19 (BOISE, Idaho)
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) November 19, 2017
#3 Memphis 66 #15 SMU 45 (MEMPHIS, Tenn.)
#4 USF 27 Tulsa 20 (TAMPA, Fla.) (Thurs.)
Akron 37 #5 Ohio 34 (AKRON, Ohio) (Tues.)
Toledo 66 Bowling Green 37 (BOWLING GREEN, Ohio) (Wed.)
#7 San Diego State 42 Nevada 23 (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)
Tulane 20 #8 Houston 17 (NEW ORLEANS, La.)
#9 Florida Atlantic 52 Florida International 24 (BOCA RATON, Fla.)
Notre Dame 24 #10 Navy 17 (NOTRE DAME, Ind.)
North Texas 52 #11 Army 49 (DENTON, Tex.)
#12 Northern Illinois 35 Western Michigan 31 (DeKalb, Ill.) (Thurs.)
#13 Fresno State 13 #14 Wyoming 7 (LARAMIE, Wyo.)
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football is the Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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