And then there was none. We came into Week 10 with two undefeated teams in Appalachian State and SMU and after Week 10 there are none left. Appalachian State lost at home to Georgia Southern Thursday night, while SMU lost at Memphis Saturday night.
This leads to a lot of uncertainty in the Group of Five for the top spot. There are a number of one loss teams now that are fighting for the top spot and a trip to a New Year’s Six bowl game. Both SMU and Appalachian State very well could still be in the mix but both likely would need to win out to have a chance now.
Below are the standings from each of the five G5 conferences and the independents.
American Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Sun Belt Conference
Here is the full list of the one-loss G5 teams with the one-loss each has endured.
|Appalachian State (7-1)||Loss 10/31 24-21 vs. Georgia Southern (home)|
|Boise State (7-1)||Loss 10/20 28-25 vs. BYU (road)|
|Cincinnati (7-1)||Loss 9/7 42-0 vs. Ohio State (road)|
|Memphis (8-1)||Loss 10/12 30-28 vs. Temple (road)|
|Navy (8-1)||Loss 9/26 35-23 vs. Memphis (road)|
|SMU (8-1)||Loss 11/2 54-48 vs. Memphis (road)|
|Louisiana Tech (7-1)||Loss 8/31 45-10 vs. Texas (road)|
|San Diego State (7-1)||Loss 9/22 23-17 vs. Utah State (home)|
Based on the strength of schedule and who they lost to Memphis has to now be in the top spot for the New Year’s Six game. The Tigers have handed the lone loss to two of the other one-loss teams in Navy and SMU. And its loss is to a conference team early in the season by a narrow margin to Temple. Cincinnati would be my #2 pick as its only loss it to a likely Top 4 Football Playoff team in Ohio State. Right now, those two would meet in the final regular season game and the winner of that game probably gets the node if they both win the rest of their games this year.
Here are my top 5 games of the week with the two undefeated teams and involving my Top 8 teams (all with one-loss) with a couple bonus picks from other great games this week. NOTE: San Diego State and Louisiana Tech were off this week.
1. Memphis 54 SMU 48 (Memhis, Tenn.)
2. Georgia Southern 24 Appalachian State 21 (Boone, N.C.)
3. Cincinnati 46 East Carolina 43 (Greenville, N.C.)
4. Boise State 52 San Jose State 42 (San Jose, Calif.)
4. Navy 56 UConn 10 (East Hartford, Conn.)
Coastal Carolina 36 Troy 35 (Conway, S.C.)
Arkansas State 48 Louisiana-Monroe 41 (Monroe, La.)
Air Force 17 Army West Point 13 (USAFA, Colo.)
Fresno State 41 Hawai’i 38 (Honolulu, Hawai’i.)
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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