The Fraud Five by Mike Kern – Week 11 edition

Mike Kern’s Fraud Five

November 14, 2021

Texas — Holy Steve Sarkisian.

Texas — Kansas hadn’t won a Big 12 road game since George W. Bush was living in the White House. That’s 56 straight losses, if you’re keeping count.

Texas — Longhorns have lost five straight, for the first time since 1956.

Texas — It’s the second time in three years that the Jayhawks scored at least 48 points against UT. Hook that. In the past decade, they’d done that only two other times.

Texas — The spread was 31. KU was 0-100 when it was at least a 24-point underdog since the FCS-FBS split in 1978.

But hey, welcome to the SEC.

Dishonorable Mentions

Oklahoma — Not necessarily because the Sooners lost at Baylor, where they were like a 5-point fave. We suspected this was coming, only a matter of when. Even I picked Baylor to win. No, this is for what they haven’t been able to do for this entire season. And of course Baylor earned some FF points by calling a late timeout to kick a field goal. Because, as the Bears’ coach later explained, in case a Big 12 tiebreaker comes down to point differential. I get it, but sometimes you have to be a little more, well, whatever.

Auburn — Led 28-3 at home against Mississippi State. The visitors scored the next 40 over the next 30 minutes. Good thing the Tigers scored a late touchdown to only lose by nine. Holy Mike Leach.

Indiana — This team was supposed to be really good this year. The Hoosiers fell to 2-8 by losing at home to Rutgers, 38-3. Which seems rather excessive.

Florida’s defense — Gators gave up 52 to FCS Sanford. It’s become a theme. At least they still managed to snap a three-game losing streak, after trailing by 14 in the second quarter. And it was still a four-point game with 12 minutes to go. Sanford had only been out scored 199-16 in its four previous games against FBS teams.

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