The Fraud Five
By Mike Kern
October 13, 2019
We give you yet another Fraud Five, because what would a day after be without it?
Georgia, Georgia, Georgia, Georgia and even more Georgia — Can’t get enough of the Dawgs this week. What, you were expecting maybe Colorado? They lost to a team with a losing record playing with a backup quarterback in South Carolina. And they were playing between the hedges. No excuse. I don’t care if had gone 10 overtimes. But that’s why college football is the best. Because every game really does count, many times when you least expect it. This was one of those moments. And it wasn’t a good result for Notre Dame either, since the Irish really needed Georgia to go unbeaten. That being said, if the Dawgs win out (and that would mean beating Florida, Missouri, Auburn away, Texas A&M and likely Alabama in the SEC final), they would mostly likely still go to the playoffs as a once-beaten SEC champ. Just saying. And remember they did have Bama on the ropes last year in the SEC title game, and the year before that in the national final. Stranger things have happened.
Wake Forest – You figured the Deacons were going to lose at some point, but not necessarily at home against Louisville. Coming off a bye. And certainly not by 62-59.
Toledo – The Rockets have been good to me this season. But they lost to Bowling Green, 20-7. Simply put, BG is one of the worst teams in FBS. I know this is a rivalry game, but YO.
Army – Maybe losing by nine at Western Kentucky isn’t such an egregious offense, even if you were a slight favorite coming off a double-digit home loss to Tulane. But only scoring eight points and rushing for 137 yards is, especially for an option team. Good thing the Cadets at least were finally able to score in the closing minutes.
Vanderbilt – I know Vanderbilt isn’t much. But whatever that happens to be, Nevada-Las Vegas isn’t even that. So why were the Rebels winning in Nashville, 34-10? C’mon, act like an SEC team. Maybe the Commodores were looking ahead to Missouri. Or maybe it wouldn’t have mattered.
Michigan State – It’s OK for just about anyone to lose at Wisconsin. Still, 38-0 in this matchup does seem at least a tad excessive.
And while Washington did win big at Arizona, a week earlier the Huskies had lost by 10 at Stanford as a double-digit fave. Yet for whatever reasons they escaped being put in the FF. So I’m using a mulligan to point out my blatant omission. Please forgive my transgression.