The Fraud Five
By Mike Kern
October 11, 2020
Silly me. I thought since there was less games I would have more trouble coming up with enough worthy candidates. Little did I realize.
Florida — Gators were a touchdown favorite at Texas A&M, which was coming off a lopsided loss at Alabama (who isn’t?), but had a terrible record against ranked teams under Jimbo Fisher. And UF was in the top five. Anyway, they blew a late seven point lead and then lost a fumble at midfield and lost on a field goal at the buzzer. It happens. And afterward, coach Dan Mullen, who I like, said the crowd had an impact. It was announced at 25,000, which obviously is much less than capacity due to the pandemic that we apparently haven’t prevailed against yet. Oh well. So now he’s asking that the Swamp be packed next week, as in close to 100,000, for the game against LSU. Yeah, that’s a great idea, in this world in which we are currently living. I mean, c’mon. If you want to have 25,000 too and its OK’d by the university and the state as long as it’s following the health protocols, then by all means go for it. But no home-field advantage is worth endangering that many people. Sorry. I guess an upset loss can do that to a way of thinking. Whatever happened to safety first? But again, maybe that’s just me. Pardon the digression.
LSU — We knew the Tigers weren’t going to be all that, coming off an epic season. And I know the game with Missouri had to be moved because of the hurricane. So they were the road team. But they were still favored by a bunch. And lost again, to fall to 0-2. But they still have that trophy, even if next they have to go to Florida.
Louisville — I thought the Cards were supposed to be good. Apparently not. They lost at Georgia Tech, 46-27, as a slight fave. They were out scored in the second half, 32-6. And now they get Notre Dame. At least they won’t be favored.
Virginia — Was favored at home against North Carolina State and lost by 17. Not that I know a whole lot about either team. Or even want to. All you have to know in the ACC is Clemson is going to Notre Dame in early November. It’s pretty much the only thing that will matter.
Pitt — Not too many teams should be losing at Boston College, even in overtime. But the Panthers have had two bad ones now. That’s at least one too many.
Oklahoma almost made it. The Sooners blew a double-digit lead late, for the third straight week. But they managed to win in four OTs against Texas. Which I guess keeps them in the Big 12 race, for anyone out there who still truly cares. And you know who you are.