The Fraud Five by Mike Kern – Week 9 Edition

By Mike Kern

October 27, 2019

Another week, another Fraud Five. It’s really that basic.

Oklahoma – What, you were expecting maybe Liberty, which somehow lost at Rutgers as a touchdown favorite? For the third straight week, an unbeaten lost to an unranked opponent. This time it was the Sooners, going down at Kansas State as a 21-point favorite. And they were trailing by 25 early in the fourth quarter before staging a late rally.

Notre Dame – It’s OK to lose at Michigan, even when the line went from you getting three to you giving one. But not by 45-14. Good thing the Irish scored last.

Missouri – Can’t be losing 29-7 at Kentucky. I mean, what more do I need to say?

Temple – I let the Owls off last week when they got whacked at SMU, because SMU is good and they were coming off a big win. But not this time. It’s OK to lose to Central Florida, as a 10-point dog, even in South Philly. Yet there’s no way you should be turning a 28-21 halftime hole into a 63-21 joke.

Wisconsin – It’s no sin to lose at Ohio State, when you’re a 14-point doggie. But 38-7, coming right after that upset loss at Illinois, maybe isn’t such a worthy look.

Dishonorable Mention:

Arizona State – It’s not really OK to lose at UCLA, especially when you’re ranked 24th. And don’t let the final fool you. The Wildcats scored the last 22 points to get within 10.

Iowa State – Speaking of the Top 25, it’s probably not OK for the No. 23 team to be losing at home to an Oklahoma State that came in with a two-game losing streak.

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