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- Big Ten Championship: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Game Preview - December 6, 2019
- SEC Championship: LSU Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs - December 5, 2019
- Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears - December 4, 2019
Boise State deserved the top spot in the rankings last week with their win over Florida State, but they stumbled in Week 2. Granted, there’s not much separation between the top two teams, but one was more consistent. The UCF Knights still have yet to lose a regular season game since 2016, and continue to plug and play at quarterback. Their conference still presents some challenges, but they’re the team to beat not only in the AAC, but also in the Group of 5.
UCF Knights (2-0)
If you’re still doubting the UCF Knights, stop. There were some who thought FAU could stun the Knights, but couldn’t hang with the explosive UCF offense. Regardless of who plays quarterback, Dillon Gabriel and Brandon Wimbush continue to thrive in their new roles. This team isn’t getting a ton of respect from the polls, but that’s not new. If anything, it gives them fuel.
Boise State Broncos (2-0)
After experiencing an emotional roller coaster ride against Florida State, the Broncos came out flat against Marshall. Boise State’s offense dominated in terms of yardage, but only produced 14 points. A 14-7 win wasn’t what anyone expected, but at least it wasn’t a loss. With Utah State, Wyoming and San Diego State right behind them, the Broncos cannot afford another slow start. A positive note: Hank Bachmeier appears to be the real deal.
Memphis Tigers (2-0)
The hangover effect was in full swing Saturday for the Tigers. Southern gave Memphis all they could handle early on, but came up short in the end. Kenneth Gainwell took over for an injured Patrick Taylor Jr., and rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns. After struggling in the second half against Ole Miss, Memphis exploded for 21 third quarter points. Mike Norvell’s team appears to be the top challenger to the UCF Knight’s crown, and they’ll need to be well-rounded to overthrow them.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (2-0)
First place in the Pac-12 goes to Hawaii. After winning a thrilling game against Arizona in Week 0, the Rainbow Warriors followed that up with an exciting win against Oregon State in Week 2. Cole McDonald recovered from a roller coaster ride in the first game, and got back to his 2018 self. It will be tough for Hawaii to keep this spot this week, when they face the Washington Huskies, but they’ll still score a bunch of points this year.
Others: San Diego State (2-0), Utah State (1-1), Appalachian State (2-0), Wyoming (2-0), Georgia State (2-0)