#SpoilerAlert: New rep for the Group of 5

As we count down to the College Football season ThorpesSportingThoughts has predicted every single FBS game for the coming year, and over a series of articles we are going to spoil your enjoyment of it by telling you exactly what’s going to happen. Each of the Power Five conferences get their own piece, with additional posts on the Group of Five, Top 25 and Bowl Projections.

Back in the day (i.e. before 2014 and the playoff), what is now called the “group of 5” gave rise to the term “BCS Buster” – a team that earned a bid to one of the Bowl Championship Series bowls even without an automatic tie-in. With the advent of the playoff, the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion gets an automatic bid, no matter their record.

In 2014, #21 Boise State beat #12 Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl and in 2015, #14 Houston beat #9 Florida State in the Peach Bowl, but last year #12 Western Michigan couldn’t keep the streak going as they lost to #8 Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.

This year, there isn’t really a stand-out team to bet the house on, and the stipulation that it has to be a conference champion hurts the Group of 5 as their team with the best resume – South Florida – fails to win its conference championship, but I’m getting ahead of myself:

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#SpoilerAlert: It’s Bama again, sadly, as Florida surge

As we count down to the College Football season ThorpesSportingThoughts has predicted every single FBS game for the coming year, and over a series of articles we are going to spoil your enjoyment of it by telling you exactly what’s going to happen. Each of the Power Five conferences get their own piece, with additional posts on the Group of Five, Top 25 and Bowl Projections.

This isn’t really a spoiler though. It’s Alabama. It’s always Alabama. The only time in the last five year’s it wasn’t Alabama, their only defeat was the Kick Six game that sent Auburn to the SEC Championship game instead. The only question mark is whether they lose any games or not.
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#SpoilerAlert: Clash of the unbeatens marks Pac-12 season

As we count down to the College Football season ThorpesSportingThoughts has predicted every single FBS game for the coming year, and over a series of articles we are going to spoil your enjoyment of it by telling you exactly what’s going to happen. Each of the Power Five conferences get their own piece, with additional posts on the Group of Five, Top 25 and Bowl Projections.

Last season, Washington played it’s way into the College Football Playoff as #4 seed before being knocked off by Alabama. They got there despite a loss to USC, who suffered a slow start to their season. WIthout needing to gel this year, the Trojans enter the season as one of the nation’s favourites once again.

 

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#SpoilerAlert: The Big XII avoids shooting itself in the foot again

As we count down to the College Football season ThorpesSportingThoughts has predicted every single FBS game for the coming year, and over a series of articles we are going to spoil your enjoyment of it by telling you exactly what’s going to happen. Each of the Power Five conferences get their own piece, with additional posts on the Group of Five, Top 25 and Bowl Projections.

The Big 12 was in a tough position this offseason. Having missed out on the playoff two out of the last three years they considered expansion to bring in more big names – except the only names on offer wouldn’t really make the conference any stronger and would have only added cheap wins to the schedules. So instead they’ve added a conference championship game at the end of a round robin where everyone has already played each other already. Are they setting themselves up for more heartache?
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#SpoilerAlert: Chaos reigns in the Big Ten

As we count down to the College Football season ThorpesSportingThoughts has predicted every single FBS game for the coming year, and over a series of articles we are going to spoil your enjoyment of it by telling you exactly what’s going to happen. Each of the Power Five conferences get their own piece, with additional posts on the Group of Five, Top 25 and Bowl Projections.

Last season Penn State won the conference but were left on the outside of the playoff looking in as an Ohio State team they’d beaten were embarrassed by Clemson in the semi-finals. All of that, coupled with a Michigan team also holding title aspirations, leads to yet more divisional chaos in our projections:

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#SpoilerAlert: Two-loss ‘Noles for the ACC

As we count down to the College Football season ThorpesSportingThoughts has predicted every single FBS game for the coming year, and over a series of articles we are going to spoil your enjoyment of it by telling you exactly what’s going to happen. Each of the Power Five conferences get their own piece, with additional posts on the Group of Five, Top 25 and Bowl Projections.

We start with the home of Clemson, the reigning champions of football, the Atlantic Coast Conference. Last year saw the emergence of Lamar Jackson and Louisville coupled with an FSU slump, but with the ‘Noles surging back this year the stage is set for some Atlantic Division Chaos:

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CFB on UKTV – extra

While waiting for a reply from Eversport (that I don’t think is coming, by the way) about their packages for 2017-18, it was pointed out to me that the two FBS conferences that used Eversport to share their content internationally now have their own subscription options available. This move probably spells the end of FBS content on Eversport, but we shall see. Either way, here’s the new options:

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