October 23, 2022 –
Mike Kern’s Fraud Five
Mississippi — I know winning at LSU is rarely easy, even if you’re playing in the afternoon. But the Rebs were unbeaten, and slightly favored. The final was 45-20. And LSU scored the final 28 points.
UCLA — Again, nothing wrong with losing at Oregon, even if you are unbeaten. Bruins hadn’t won there in forever, and Ducks hadn’t lost at home in awhile. Still … it was 31-13 at the half. Final was 45-30.
Texas — Nothing wrong with losing at unbeaten Oklahoma State, but Longhorns, who almost beat Alabama, were for whatever reasons favored by a touchdown. They lost, 41-34. After they led 31-17. Cowboys scored last 17 points in final 17 minutes.
Miami — I know the Hurricanes lost their quarterback in the second quarter. Still … they turned the ball over eight times (five fumbles), something no FBS team had done in well over a decade. Visiting Duke scored the final 28 points in the closing 20 minutes. Final was 45-21.
James Madison — Coming off its first loss in its first season playing at the FBS level, Dukes lost at home to Marshall as a 12-point fave, 26-12. Which only proves that Notre Dame has nothing on them.
Charlotte — Lost 34-15 at home to Florida International as 9-point fave, which got its coach fired. Soon, of course, the 49ers will be moving from the Sun Belt to the American. Can hardly wait.
Yankees — It’s OK to get to the precipice of losing to the Astros in the playoffs, one more time. But in Saturday’s Game 3 in the Bronx, they did have their best pitcher (and highest-paid, in all of baseball) on the mound. They lost 5-0. And managed to get only three hits in the process. I know the Astros are really good, once again, but I expected a little more. I often do. So did New York. Oh well.