Best Group of 5 Teams – Boise State tops the list

How do people judge the success of a football team?

It’s simple – Wins. And having a winning season is a significant feat, but can that success be repeated? How consistent can a team win? I took a look at some of the most successful group of 5 programs recently, specifically the last 10 years. For those wondering what Group of 5 means, it is simply the 5 conferences not considered “power” conferences (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt). Some of the better G5 programs this season (Temple, Memphis, Toledo) did not make the list, but Houston and Navy did.

Group of 5 teams with the MOST wins: (previous 10 seasons)

10. UCF (81)

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9. Nevada (82)

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8. Tulsa (83)

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7. Georgia Southern (84)

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6. Navy (92)

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5. Houston (93)

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4. Cincinnati (94)

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3. Northern Illinois (94)

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2. Appalachian State (108)

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1. Boise State (121)

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The best part is there will be a great matchup between Group of 5 Giants #1 Boise State and #3 Northern Illinois in San Diego this year, in the Poinsettia bowl! Be sure to watch it!

Go Broncos!

(Stats taken: 12/13/15)

Here’s a complete list ranking G5 teams by most wins:

  1. Boise State (121)
  2. Appalachian State (108)
  3. Northern Illinois (94)
  4. Cinncinnati (94)
  5. Houston (93)
  6. Navy (92)
  7. Georgia Southern (84)
  8. Tulsa (83)
  9. Nevada (82)
  10. UCF (81)
  11. East Carolina (80)
  12. Ohio (80)
  13. Toledo (78)
  14. Central Michigan (77)
  15. Fresno State (77)
  16. Air Force (75)
  17. Bowling Green (74)
  18. Marshall (72)
  19. Louisiana-Lafayette (70)
  20. Southern Miss (70)
  21. Louisiana Tech (70)
  22. San Diego State (69)
  23. Middle Tennessee (68)
  24. Hawaii (68)
  25. Western Michigan (67)
  26. Ball State (67)
  27. Troy (66)
  28. Texas State (65)
  29. Arkansas State (65)
  30. Western Kentucky (64)
  31. Connecticut (63)
  32. UMass (61)
  33. Rice (61)
  34. Utah State (60)
  35. Colorado State (58)
  36. Temple (58)
  37. San Jose State (56)
  38. Memphis (53)
  39. Wyoming (52)
  40. SMU (51)
  41. New Mexico (46)
  42. Akron (44)
  43. Miami(OH) (41)
  44. Tulane (36)
  45. North Texas (35)
  46. UNLV (34)
  47. Eastern Michigan (27)

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