The Outside Zone

Patrick Mayhorn
A newsletter about G5 college football.
Created 17 Jul 2020
  • What To Watch: Week Eight
    22 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Harvard at Princeton, 1 p.m., ESPN+ I’m absolutely fired up for this one. It’s an undefeated Ivy League battle, with a battle for the top of the league set up for either next week or the week after ag...
  • These New Conferences Stink. Let's Fix Them
    20 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    The SEC is poaching Oklahoma and Texas. The Big is replacing them with BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF. The AAC is replacing its losses with Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UT...
  • Game Review: South Alabama, Hello
    18 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    I don’t know that there was a more obvious hire in this most recent cycle than Kane Wommack at South Alabama. I suppose that Andy Avalos at Boise State has a case, as do Will Hall at Southern Miss and...
  • What To Watch: Week Seven
    15 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    UCF at Cincinnati, Noon, ABC Cincinnati will win comfortably here against a bad UCF squad, but that’s exactly what the Bearcats need for the rest of the season. Plus, this is a helmet win, and among p...
  • Game Review: NIU's Big Mean Running Machine
    13 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    In retrospect, Northern Illinois taking a big step forward this season should have been obvious. Granted, that’s easy to say as the Huskies sit at 4-2 with a pair of crucial MAC victories and an upset...
  • Quarterly G5 Reset
    11 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    Note: This week’s paywalled game review will drop on Wednesday, still behind the paywall. I haven’t yet clipped what I need for it, so I’m running something that needs no clips today. Three weeks have...
  • What To Watch: Week Six
    08 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    NIU at Toledo, Noon, CBSSN I think the following matchups are all better, but this is probably the game that will tell us the most about the pair of teams involved this week. NIU has been wildly impro...
  • Is Houston Actually Good?
    07 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    I’m not going to lie to you – I hated the Dana Holgorsen hire when Houston made it prior to the 2019 season. It felt to me like the easy answer. He had some success at West Virginia but often looked l...
  • Game Review: Cincinnati Whooped That Ass
    05 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Cincinnati proved itself on Oct. 2 to be a real, honest-to-God playoff contender - at least to the college football world that doesn’t subscribe to this newsletter and wasn’t tipped off about that wel...
  • What To Watch: Week Five
    01 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    After a really strong week four of G5 football, we have a bit of a step back this week, but can still lean on a pair of fun matchups with P5 foes, one serious clash of styles and a dip into the top of...
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