Mike Kern’s Fraud Five
November 7, 2021
Michigan State — I know, this was actually almost predictable. Sparty was coming off that huge comeback win over Michigan, and had beaten Purdue eight straight. And they were only a slight favorite on the road. And Purdue had already beaten a Top 3 team this year. Still, maybe I was expecting more. The final was 40-29. And the Boilermakers never trailed.
Minnesota — When you’re ranked 20 you can’t be losing at home to Illinois. And get held to six points. Good thing Gopher coach P.J. Fleck got that nice extension earlier in the week before this happened.
Fresno State — Was ranked 25th, and favored by five at home over Boise State. Lost 40-14.
Florida — Was favored by 20 at South Carolina. Lost 40-17. That’s a long way down from hanging with Alabama back when.
Auburn — It’s OK to lose at Texas A&M, which was favored by five in a battle of No. 13 vs. 14. But you could at least score more than a field goal.
Texas — It’s OK to lose at Iowa State, where you were a slight dog. But maybe not by 30-7. So how’s that new gig working out for Steve Sarkisian so far?
Rutgers — It’s OK to lose at home to Wisconsin, which has been playing better. But the Knights were getting two touchdowns. That still doesn’t explain 52-3.
Stanford — Was getting 10 at home against Utah. Lost 52-7.
Wake Forest — This one hurts, because I always appreciate what Dave Clawson has been able to do with what he’s got. But unbeaten Deacons, who were a slight fave at North Carolina, were up 18 midway through the third quarter. Then Heels went on 35-3 run, including four straight TDs in a 10-minute span in fourth. It was hard to watch. Again, I hated doing this. That’s what I saved it for last. Hey, I have feelings too.