Week five of the college football season witnessed Cincinnati, one of two remaining undefeated Group of 5 schools, get run over by Ohio State, leaving only team undefeated among the group. It also featured a MAC QB having a record-setting day, and a shocker the Mountain West.
A Herd of One – The Marshall Thundering Herd may have been Idle this week, but they became the only Group of 5 team without a loss this season. The question remains that if the Thundering Herd are to win out the remainder of the season, should they receive a bid to the College Football Playoff? Though the strength-of-schedule for the Thundering Herd will likely hold the voting committee back from putting Marshall in the playoff, it should be noted that the Thundering Herd dominated East Carolina 59-28 late last season, and as of now the Pirates as of right now are considered a favorite to make a New Year’s bowl. With East Carolina’s move to the AAC, the two teams will not face each other. With a favorable schedule the rest of the year and with their toughest games at home, the Thundering Herd should move onto the Conference USA championship. Should they win out, this Marshall team should be compared to BCS busters Utah, Boise State and Hawaii,all those teams led by star QBs and Marshall has one of their own in Rakeem Cato.
Falcons stun Broncos – The Air Force Falcons pulled off a huge upset Saturday, defeating the Boise State Broncos 28-14. The Falcons triple-option ground game was too much bird for the Broncos to handle, as they ran for 287 yards on Saturday, while the Broncos shot turned the ball over seven times. The Falcons didn’t have huge expectations going into the 2014 season, but a win over the Broncos puts the Facolns at 3-1 on the season in a wide open Mountain Division. They could fly into the Mountain West Championship Game behind their triple-option attack and a strong defense.
Frohnapfel records record day – UMass Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel was amazing in a 42-47 loss against Bowling Green. He threw for a FBS season-high 589 yards, with 5 TDs. It was an exceptional and noteworthy performance by the Junior transfer from Marshall, though the Minutemen still don’t have a win this season.