5 Best Group of Five Schools
[lead align=”default”]The NCAA probably tried to call them the Party of Five, but thanks to copyright issues, it’s the Group of Five.[/lead]
The Group of Five conferences, the so-called have-nots in college football, occasionally produce a team worthy of national consideration. Foremost amongst them in 2016 is Houston, who burst onto the scene with a win over Oklahoma in Week 1.
Do the Cougars have any competition this year for best Group of Five team this season?
Group of Five #5: South Florida Bulls
The Bulls are off to a great start in 2016. Beating Towson counts for nothing, and Northern Illinois is a shell of its former self. Going to Syracuse and blasting the Orange, however, means a little. Even though USF isn’t beating the world, they’re averaging a margin of victory of just over 30 points.
Group of Five #4: Western Michigan Broncos
Row the boat, young Broncos. This 3-0 team bagged not one but two wins over Big Ten opponents this season, both of which were on the road. As a matter of fact, they made Illinois look terrible last week. Pretty impressive for a MAC team. Expect Western Michigan to contend for the conference title.
Group of Five #3: Boise State Broncos
From the Broncos to the…Broncos. Boise State and their blue rug are in the mix for best Group of Five team year in and year out. There are only two games behind this team, but the most recent was a victory over Washington State. Though Chris Petersen is not here anymore, Boise State remains a competent and successful program.
Group of Five #2: San Diego State Aztecs
The Aztecs are the only other ranked Group of Five school at present. San Diego State rides a 13-game win streak into their contest at South Alabama. There is little meat on the schedule, so even a perfect season likely means no playoff, but they can absolutely finish ranked. SDSU scores almost 40 points per game behind running back Donnel Pumphrey and quarterback Christian Chapman.
Group of Five #1: Houston Cougars
No question the Coogs are number one amongst these teams. The number six team in the country, Houston has a realistic playoff shot. That’s more than any of the others can say.
A combination of solid offense and defense, the Coogs are a complete team. It remains to be seen if they will make the College Football Playoff, or win the American, but everything is working.