November 6, 2022 –
Mike Kern’s Fraud Five (and more)
Clemson — It’s OK to lose at Notre Dame, especially at night, even if you’re unbeaten and ranked fourth. But still, Tigers were a slight fave. And Irish had lost at home to Marshall and Stanford. And 35-14 is not what most folks had in mind.
Miami — Can’t be losing 45-3 at home to Florida State. Or maybe you can. It was 31-3 at half. Canes have lost four straight for first time since 1973. And they haven’t scored a touchdown in their last nine quarters. Other than that …
Tennessee’s offense — It’s more than OK to lose at Georgia, where you were an 8-point dog. But the best offense in the country might want to score more than 13 points. And the Vols’ lone TD came when it didn’t matter any more.
Houston’s defense — The Cougars scored 63 at SMU. And lost by 14. Which of course is impossible. Or maybe
Illinois — Can’t be losing at home to Michigan State, 23-15. Especially not as the No. 15 team. But the Illini lost at home to Indiana early, too. And haven’t lost to anyone else. Go figure.
Arkansas — Shouldn’t be losing at home to Liberty (OK, only by two), as a three-TD fave.
Oklahoma State — A week after getting toasted at Kansas State, shouldn’t be losing by 21 at Kansas. Guess the Cowboys really aren’t the 18th ranked team.
Stanford — It’s maybe OK to lose to Washington State at home, even if you were a slight fave. But 52-14 seems a little much. Or even a lot.
Texas A&M — Excuse me, but weren’t the Aggies supposed to be all that? No great sin to lose at home to Florida, although it was by 41-24, which seems at least somewhat excessive. But they’re now 3-6. Bet Jimbo Fisher didn’t see this coming. And Gators, now 5-4, had lost their last two. Not that anyone’s really paying much attention. Sorry.
South Florida — Hey, I called Temple’s win in South Philly. Just because. But there’s no way I saw it being 54-28. And Owls scored 31 of the last 38 points, the last of which came with six minutes to go. I knew USF wasn’t good. But I didn’t realize just how bad it had gotten. Oh well. Good for Temple.