Week nine of the college football season saw dynamic offensive performance by many of the Group of Five schools, and the inaugural College Football rankings come out where one of the teams from the Group of Five found themselves ranked in the Top 25.
Pirates ranked 23rd in first rankings – After a 31-21 win over the UCONN Huskies, the East Carolina Pirates found themselves ranked 23rd in the inaugural College Football Playoff Rankings. This is big for the Pirates as they are the only “Group of 5” team in the rankings, and should they win the regular season AAC championship, they should maintain the spot in the rankings over Marshall and could find themselves in a Big Six bowl game.
Johnson leads Herd to comeback win – After coming out of the gates slowly, the Marshall Thundering Herd found themselves trailing to the Florida Atlantic Owls 14-16 at halftime. Rakeem Cato threw a TD late in the 3rd quarter to extend his streak of consecutive games with a TD to 40, but it was Devon Johnson who took over and stole the show. Johnson ran for a career high 272 yards along with 4 TDs (runs of 58, 62, 66 & 7) and led the Herd to a win improving to 8-0 in ’14. Though the Herd were not ranked in the inaugural College Football Playoff Rankings, an East Carolina stumble should have the Herd ranked in the Top 25, and may find themselves in a Big Six bowl game.
Eagles fly over Panthers – In a battle of two Georgia teams, the Georgia Southern Eagles blew out the Georgia State Panthers 69-31. Though it may not seem like much since the Panthers are one of the worst teams in the nation, but the Eagles ran for an astounding 613 yards and 10 TDs in the win. This was one of the most dominating performances on offense by a team this year, primarily running the ball, and the running attack of the Eagles have them at 6-2 and 5-0 in Sun Belt play and in a prime spot to win the Sun Belt championship.
Grayson leads Rams to sixth straight win – Don’t look now, but Colorado State might be one of the most underrated teams in the nation. The Rams dominance continued Saturday in a 45-31 win over the Wyoming Cowboys, where Rams QB Garrett Grayson threw for 390 yards and 5 TDs. The Rams only loss this season has come to the Boise State Broncos, who will need to lose if the Rams have any hope of making the Mountain West championship.