November 13. 2022 –
Mike Kern’s Fraud Five
Oregon — I know Washington was ranked 25th. But Ducks were No. 6, at home, with a shot to still get in the playoffs. Oh well. They lost, 37-34, on a late field goal, after taking a seven-point lead with just under four minutes to go. Then they gave up a 67-yard touchdown pass. It happens. Doesn’t mean it should.
UCLA — The No. 12 Chip Kellys were also home, against a 3-win Arizona club. But the Bruins likewise gave up two scores in the final 7 minutes to lose by six. They were favored by almost three TDs.
North Carolina State — Wolfpack was ranked 16. So it shouldn’t be losing to 2-7 Boston College at home, even if it was only by one.
Texas — I know TCU was unbeaten. But Longhorns were somehow favored by a TD. Don’t ask. Anyway, they scored all of 10 points and lost by seven. Good thing they scored last.
Kentucky — Wildcats were ranked 24th, while Vanderbilt had lost 26 straight SEC games. The final was 24-21, visitors, on a TD with 32 seconds left. Ouch.
Illinois — Was still ranked 21, coming off home loss to Michigan State. So now they lose at home again, this time to Purdue, 31-24, as a TD fave. And they lost to Indiana early. At home too. That’s hard to do. Hey, somebody has to win the Big Ten West. But who cares?
Baylor — Was a slight fave at home against Kansas State, even though Wildcats were ranked 19. The visitors won, 31-3.
Bowling Green — This is for all my MAC fans out there, and you know who you are. The Falcons were a slight dog at home to Kent State. They lost, 40-6, which seems more than excessive. But what do I know. It’s the MAC, the league that was made for nothing but weeknight games in November.
Texas A & M – They are now 3 – 7 after losing 13 – 10 at Auburn. The Aggies were #6 in the preseason poll. Just figured it was worth mentioning. Again. And again. So how are those NIL’s doing?