October 9, 2022 –
Mike Kern’s Fraud Five
Oklahoma — How the heck did this get so bad so fast? I know they have quarterback issues, but 49-0 to Texas is not acceptable. It’s the first time they were shut out by the dreaded Longhorns since 1965. And their biggest shutout loss ever. The record had been 47-0 to Oklahoma State in 1945. It was 28-0 at the half. It’s the first time they’ve been held scoreless since 1998. Which was also the last time they lost three in a rows. And this was the most points scored by UT in the series, which goes back to 1900. So, is there much else you need to compute? Oh, and former coach Lincoln Riley is unbeaten at USC.
LSU — It’s OK to lose to Tennessee, even at home, since Vols were ranked eighth. But Tigers were 25th. Holy Brian Kelly. I’m guessing 40-13 wasn’t what Tiger Nation had in mind when they gave him all that money, and that fake accent.
Washington — When you’re ranked and favored by a bunch, you can’t be losing at Arizona State, which hadn’t won since the opener and had lost its coach. But the Huskies did, and gave up 45 points in the process. In the second half they turned the ball over three times on downs. Oh well.
Tulsa — I’m stretching a little here, but some weeks are like that. Cause nobody cares about Tulsa. But the Golden Hurricane was a slight fave at Navy, which ain’t all that either. The final was 53-21, which seems at least a tad excessive. Or maybe it’s me. Whatever.
The American League East — Kudos to my friend Eddie Barkowitz for pointing this out. In the wild-card round, the Rays managed nine hits and one run in 24 innings against the Guardians. Then the Blue Jays also went down in two games by blowing a 7-run lead at home against the Mariners in the final four innings, becoming only the third team in postseason history to lose a lead that big at any time in any game. And one of those previous times happened in 1929, right here in Philly (A’s over Cubs). But hey, at least the Yankees are still alive. That’s what opening byes are for.