We are thankful for another successful season of Underdogs Against the Spread.
Last week’s 4-1 record - knew I should have steered clear of that 40-point BYU spread - ensured a winning record for the regular season. That makes it three straight years of finishing over .500 since taking over this piece.
It is an abbreviated version of this piece this week with Thanksgiving and a ton of action on Black Friday. Here are your five winners inside the G5 for the final week of the regular season.
Last Week: 4-1
2019 Record: 36-26-3
*All lines are according to Bovada and are accurate at the time this article is published
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles (-4)
Few expected Kent State to flirt with a bowl game this season, but they are one win away from doing so after two impressive wins against Buffalo and Ball State. The run ends this week, however, as the Eagles are running hot, scoring 45 at Northern Illinois last week. Eastern Michigan should be able to move the ball and a third week scoring 40-plus points is in the cards.
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Memphis Tigers (-11.5)
It has not been pretty in recent weeks for Cincinnati, but they are going to the AAC Championship game next week, regardless of the outcome in this game. Memphis still needs a win to clinch their ticket to their third straight conference title game. No one has been able to stop the Tigers offense in recent weeks, and based on what we have seen from Desmond Ridder as of late, there is little reason to think the Bearcats can keep up.
UNLV Rebels vs. Nevada Wolf Pack (-7)
UNLV’s season has been decided for some time, while the Wolfpack are peaking at the right time after back-to-back wins on the road against San Diego State and Fresno State as underdogs.
Navy Midshipmen vs. Houston Cougars (Over 58.5)
I know it is a new coaching staff, but do you remember the last time Houston played a triple-option offense? Coogs fans don’t need a reminder, but Army put up 70 points. Not saying it will happen again, but don’t rule it out either.
Army Black Knights (+2.5) vs. Hawaii Warriors
Speaking of Army, the travel is the only reason for this line to be in Hawaii’s favor. The Black Knights are coming off a bye and need a win to become bowl eligible. Hawaii allowed 353 yards and 56 points to Air Force earlier this season, and is 121st against the run this season. They are not suddenly going to figure out how to stop the triple option with the Mountain West Conference championship game lingering next week.
Check back with us next week for more and let me know what you think in the comments below or via Twitter. Until next week, SHOW ME THE MONEY!!