December 8, 2019
Fraud Five, bonus edition. Because championship weekend deserves equal treatment too despite the shortage of games.
Utah, Utah, Utah and Utah – Not because they lost to a pretty good Oregon team on a neutral field as a touchdown favorite. It’s because of the missed opportunity, and the fact that they fell behind 20-0 and then let the Ducks gash a supposedly staunch run defense once they got back to within eight. The Utes likely would have been in the playoffs with a win, after Georgia lost. So how many times do you think they’re ever going to be in that position again?
The Pac-12 – In a five-league universe, you’ve now missed putting a team in the playoff field four of six times. That’s not, well, good.
Georgia – Not only because the Dawgs lost to what might be the best team in the country in LSU by a bunch, as a TD dog, even if you were the No. 4 ranked club yourself. It’s just that I expected more, especially from a program that’s been there before and happened to run into Alabama.
Central Michigan – I blame my good friend in Toledo for telling me there was no way these guys could lose to Miami of Ohio in the MAC final.
Dallas Cowboys – Again. Because I can.
To all the folks who thought Matt Rhule was whatever for choosing to leave North Broad Street for Baylor (and you know who you are) … Waco? Well, in three years he’s taken the Bears from a dumpster fire to the brink of a playoff berth. He could have very easily won both Oklahoma games. So he might not be staying much longer at Baylor either. But please understand he knew exactly what he was doing, and how he was going to do it. Cause he’s really good at getting things done. Particuarly in places where maybe you’re not supposed to.
Have a great holiday season. It’s been fun. Maybe we’ll even surprise you with a post-bowl FF. Because you never know. Which of course is why there’s a FF to begin with.