The Fraud Five
By Mike Kern
September 6, 2021
Mike Kern’s first Fraud Five
Yes, it finally returns. Because America needed it once again. And imagine this: Florida State lost on a field goal that went wide.
North Carolina — It’s no sin to lose at Virginia Tech. Or at least when Frank Beamer was there. Lately not so much. But the Tar Heels, ranked 10th, with a Heisman Trophy hopeful wannabe at quarterback, lost 17-10. So much for all that good karma heading into this journey. But it’s a long journey. That could be the good news, or the not so good.
Indiana — Another team with, well, aspirations. For a program that way too often hasn’t had very many. So the Hoosiers got hosed at No. 18 Iowa, 34-6. Maybe they can play North Carolina next.
Washington — Lost at home to FCS Montana, 13-7. Do we need to elaborate? OK, the visitors were getting three touchdowns.
Colorado State — Our good buddy Steve Addazio got blasted at home by FCS South Dakota State, 42-23. Good thing CSU scored last. At least the visitors were only a field goal underdog. So, somebody knew something.
Vanderbilt — Lost at home to FCS East Tennessee State, 23-3, in new coach Clark Lea’s debut. Good luck with that. Good thing Vandy scored first. Now at least it travels to Colorado State. Yo.
Dishonorable Mention: Temple. The Owls got hit as hard by Covid last year as anyone, so I’m trying to cut them some whatever. Still, they lost at Rutgers, 61-14. I know Rutgers is getting better with Greg Schiano back, but … The Knights scored the last 35. That shouldn’t happen.