Group of 5 and Independent Top 10: BYU Goes to 1


Week 2 featured three games pitting Top 10 Group of 5 and independent teams against one another. Those games — Louisiana Tech-Western Kentucky, Temple-Cincinnati and Boise State-BYU - provided some of the weekend’s best football.

However, the Group of 5 teams to make the biggest splash were previously unranked.

The Mid-American Conference scored a pair of wins over Power Five opponents. Coupled with a third representative knocking of Conference USA heavyweight Marshall, #MACtion appears to have an early start in 2015.


Air Force Falcons: After a disastrous Week 2 in which the conference went 1-11 overall, Air Force stands as the Mountain West’s unbeaten. The Falcons rode a big second half to rout conference counterpart San Jose State.

Connecticut Huskies: Bob Diaco’s defensive fingerprints are evident on UConn’s 2-0 start. The Huskies outlasted Army in their second defensive struggle of the season.

In wins over the Black Knights and Villanova Wildcats, Connecticut’s surrendered a combined 32 points — just two more than per game yield a season ago.

Georgia Southern Eagles: Reigning Sun Belt Conference champion Georgia Southern rebounded from a Week 1 shutout loss at West Virginia to blast MAC championship hopeful Western Michigan, 43-17.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane: Former Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery brought Tulsa’s once-potent offense back to life immediately. The Golden Hurricane reached 40 points for the second time in as many weeks, improving to 2-0 with a win at New Mexico.