Mike Kern’s first December Fraud Five. Because everyone could use some early Ho Ho Ho.
Wisconsin — It’s really not OK to lose at home to Indiana, which was missing its really good starting quarterback. Especially when you only score six points, as a double-digit favorite.
Marshall — When you’re ranked 21st and are at home you shouldn’t be losing to Rice. And you definitely shouldn’t be getting shut out.
Washington — When you’re ranked 22nd and are at home you shouldn’t be losing to Stanford. As a double-digit fave.
Oregon — When you’re ranked 23rd you shouldn’t be losing to Cal, even on the road.
Kansas State — Shouldn’t be giving up 69 points at home to Texas, which mercifully only scored three in the last 16 minutes.
Bowling Green — For my MAC Nation fans out there, nobody should be losing to Akron, even on the road, 31-3. And BG was a slight fave.
Western Michigan — More MAC Me Up. When you’re unbeaten and at home you shouldn’t be losing to a winless team from across the state. But it does happen, which is thankfully why FF ever came into being once upon a time.
Auburn — Sorry, couldn’t resist. Tigers were leading No. 5 Texas A&M at home 20-14 with four minutes to go in the third quarter and didn’t score again. They lost by 11. I know they weren’t supposed to win according to the line, but still I was expecting more. I think so was Auburn Nation. This was the kind of game that could have at least salvaged something from what is now a 5-4 season. But maybe I’m judging too harshly. That happens too sometimes.
West Virginia — It’s certainly OK to lose at Iowa State, which is going to play Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship matchup, but 42-6 does seem a bit much.
And I have to mention Texas Tech, which escaped my wrath by beating Kansas at home, 16-13. Kansas has not won a Big 12 road game in over a decade.
Hard to believe the season still has weeks to go.