Group of five
Tulane football didn't have the day it wanted at home against Ole Miss, but there's no question the Green Wave aren't far off (PHOTO CREDIT: Parker Waters/Tulane Athletics)

Week 2 Group of Five Playoff Tiers

Week two is in the books of Group of Five Football. So it's time for who might make the playoff or the New Year's Six realm. Let's start off with some teams that if we had more tiers FanBuzz would list. Ohio from the MAC had an impressive win over FAU, overcoming three turnovers. Texas State played one of the toughest teams in the AAC in UTSA and had the Roadrunners on the ropes. The Ohio U. Bobcats look like they will be a challenge in the Sun Belt. 

Who is still in play with a long shot at the College Football Playoff? Who helped their case in the chase for the NY6 bowl game? Who is on the outside looking in? Week two yielded some very interesting results across the board lets dive into the tiers. 

Tier 1: Who can make the College Football Playoff

Sorry gang - nobody makes this tier this week.

Tier 2: NY6 Bowl Berth

Tulane (1-1)

(Loss to Ole Miss 37-20)

The Green Wave fought hard against Ole Miss, especially considering Tulane was missing QB Michael Pratt. The Green Wave led in the game but Ole Miss pulled away late. The Green Wave will not take any moral victories. Unfortunately for the Green Wave, they dropped out of the AP top 25. Tulane is still the best G5 bet to make it to the NY6.

Fresno State (2-0)

(34-31 win in OT over Eastern Washington) 

The Bulldogs are lucky to still be in the tiers. They had to go OT with FCS Eastern Washington. The Bulldogs did get the win though. They have the schedule that could allow them to get to a NY6. Fresno State will need to get things corrected as they get ready for Arizona State and another chance to take down a P5 team. 

App State (1-1)

(L 40-34 to North Carolina)

The Mountaineers made a name last year playing really tough with the Tar Heels. They did so again. App State took UNC to 2 OT's. The Mountaineers lead UNC at 3 different times after halftime. They just couldn't hold in OT. App State did get gashed in the run game for 319 yards. That will be something to keep an eye on going forward. App State plays AAC Foe East Carolina next week. 

Western Kentucky (2-0)

(52-22 win over Houston Christian)

The Hilltoppers took care of business and Austin Reed was impressive again. 27/33 253 yards and 4 Touchdowns. WKU will see Ohio State next week. 

Liberty (2-0)

(33-17 win over New Mexico State)

The Flames get a C-USA win. Kaidon Salter does a nice job 15/25 276 yards and 2 TDs. Liberty needs to win the conference to get a shot at the NY6 and they have to keep pace with WKU. Liberty gets ready for Buffalo from the MAC next week 

Toledo (1-1)

(71-3 win over Texas Southern)

The Rockets handled business as Dequan Finn was efficient 16/17 for 232 yards 3 TD's. Toledo has looked every bit as the favorite for the MAC. Toledo stays on the outside looking in even though they won a game they were expected to. 

Tier 4: They dropped

UTSA (1-1)

(20-13 win vs Texas State)

UTSA drops here because the offense just hasn't gotten off to the start we expected. Frank Harris went 26/37 for 214 yards and a TD. He battled back from an injury early in the game. The running game was a difference maker as they did get 158 yards with Barnes leading the way with 103. The defense will keep UTSA in games but right now the offense isn't explosive yet. 

Boise State (0-2)

(Loss to UCF 18-16)

Much better showing for Boise State but they needed a win here. The offense still struggled and the defense played much better forcing turnovers and getting redone stops. The Offense is in flux with the Taylor Green injury. Madsen did play well in a backup role but the offense is a big question mark with injuries already.