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Houston Dominates the Post Week One G5 Poll

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It should come as no surprise that the Cougars are the unanimous #1 team in the Group of Five following their upset win over Oklahoma.

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RANK TEAM POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Houston (11)* 110 1
2 Boise State 82 2
3 BYU 68 5
4 San Diego State 50 3
5 Toledo 46 7
6 South Florida 38 2
7 Appalachian State 37 10
T-8 Western Kentucky 35 6
T-8 Southern Mississippi 35 NR
10 Western Michigan 34 9
11 Navy 15 8
12 South Alabama 14 NR
13 Georgia Southern 7 T-14
14 Louisiana Tech 6 NR
15 Wyoming 5 NR
Dropped out: Marshall, Temple, Air Force, Cincinnati | Others receiving votes: Central Florida (4), Temple (4), Marshall, (4), Tulsa (3), Middle Tennnessee State (2), Army (2), Air Force (1)

Anyone surprised to see Houston topping this last must have been miles away from a TV on Saturday morning. The Houston Cougars downright dominated Oklahoma to open their season, walking away with a 33-23 win in NRG Stadium. It wasn't a case of the cute G5 underdog using trick plays and opportune turnover to topple the Privileged Five Goliath-- the Cougars were the better team on the football field beyond any reasonable argument.

South Florida saw a drop in the poll this week but through no fault of their own. Ranked second in the preseason poll, the Bulls fell to #6 this week after BYU knocked off Pac 12 foe Arizona while Boise State and Toledo put the smack down on Louisiana Lafayette and Arkansas State, respectively.

A few Underdogs made their first appearances in the G5 poll following some impressive performances against Power Five programs. Southern Miss utilized 34 unanswered points to knock off Kentucky on the road. In perhaps the most unexpected Power Five upset of the week, the South Alabama Jaguars knocked off Mississippi State of the SEC after the Bulldogs boinked a game-winning field goal off the upright. Lastly, Louisiana Tech nearly shocked Arkansas despite redshirt freshman J'Mar Smith making his first start on the road following Ryan Higgins one game suspension.

Underdogs of the Week

Dallas Davis, QB, South Alabama - 24-of-34, 285 yards passing, two touchdowns in a 21-20 win at Mississippi State

Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP - 31 carries, 249 rushing yards, 43 receiving yards, two touchdowns in a 38-22 win vs. New Mexico State

Greg Ward, Jr., QB, Houston - 23-of-40, 321 yards passing, two touchdowns in a 33-23 win vs. Oklahoma

Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky - 25-of-31, 517 yards passing, three touchdowns in a 46-14 win vs. Rice

Thanks to Mountain West Connection for hosting the poll. You can find their thoughts on this week's poll at this link.