Mike Kern’s Fraud Five
And then some
November 1, 2020
Michigan — Jim Harbaugh lost at home to a Michigan State team that had lost at home to Rutgers. It’s just the second time a first-year MSU coach has been able to do that. The other was Nick Saban. Anyway, Harbaugh is now 1-5 at home against MSU and Ohio State, and 29-0 against the rest of the Big Ten. That can get you gone.
Kansas State — You shouldn’t be going to West Virginia as a ranked team and get beat 37-10.
Minnesota — You shouldn’t be going to Maryland, which lost last week by 40 to Northwestern, and losing. Even if it was in overtime.
Memphis — It’s OK to lose at Cincinnati, especially since you were a touchdown underdog. But 49-10 seems egregious.
North Carolina — Probably shouldn’t be going to Virginia as a TD favorite and losing. Even if it was by three.
Houston — Losing to Central Florida is usually OK, even at home. But maybe not by 44-21.
LSU — I know the Tigers have a bunch of issues, but they were a slight fave at Auburn, which has been tough to figure too. The final was 48-11, the largest Auburn victory in the series. But they still have that ring, which does give you a bunch of rope.
Colorado State — Just wanted to make sure everyone was really paying attention. In Steve Addazio’s much-anticipated debut, he lost at Fresno State by 21. Good thing he was a slight fave.
AAC replay official — Who somehow got a review wrong on a fumble call late in the game that cost East Carolina an upset win at Tulsa. It’s hard to get a replay call wrong. Naturally, the AAC apologized to ECU the next day. Lot of good that will do.
Georgia State — For whatever reasons, Top 25 Coastal Carolina was only a 3-point fave at Ga State. The final was 50-zip. Ouch.