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The four years of the College Football Playoff has featured four different Group of Five teams in New Year’s Six bowls: Boise State, then Houston, then Western Michigan and most recently Central Florida.
Who’s this year’s UCF? It could very well be UCF, which despite a coaching change has the offensive firepower to run through the American Athletic Conference unbeaten. But the Knights aren’t a sure thing.
This week’s Top 10 list focuses on the Group of Five to ask: Which teams are in competition for the access-bowl bid to a New Year’s Six game?
1. Boise State
In terms of pure talent and experience — not just on offense but on both sides of the ball — Boise State is the class of the Group of Five, and a team that could more than holds its own against almost every team in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The schedule is also good: Boise gets Oklahoma State early and Brigham Young, San Diego State and Fresno State at home. This could be a team that ends up battling for a spot in the top 10 come December and January.
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The Knights are going to score points on everyone, whether it’s North Carolina and Pittsburgh in September or Navy and South Florida in November. Will