December 3, 2023 –
Mike Kern’s Fraud Four
Sorry, but not enough games to come up with the full five since there’s no way I could ever include Georgia for losing to Alabama after not losing for two years. And likewise, as bad as I feel for Florida State, which did nothing wrong except watch its quarterback go down with an injury, I find it hard to single out the Playoff Selection Committee for taking the Nick Saban’s over the Seminoles given the circumstances at the moment.
Oregon — Not for losing to Washington for the second time, even though you were a 9-point favorite on a neutral field. But you did lead by four going into the fourth quarter after trailing by 17. Wonder if the Ducks would have gotten into the four-team field even had they won. Now we’ll never know. And next year 12 will get in.
Tulane — I know their coach was leaving for Houston, and SMU ain’t bad, but Green Wave was ranked 22nd and home. Scored 10 seconds into the game, only scored seven more. SMU scored the last 12, after being tied midway through the third quarter.
Nevada-Las Vegas — Rebels were at home in Mountain West final, in a pick-em against Boise State, who has had an interim coach the last three weeks. Final was 44-20. It was tied 14-all early in the second period.
Toledo — The defending champs had two field goals blocked in its first loss since the opener at Illinois. Rocks were favored by a TD at home, for the MAC championship. They lost 23-14, after leading by one with 24 minutes left. Even my friend in Toledo called it unacceptable. But maybe not unexpected. His sentiments, not necessarily mine. League hasn’t really been the same since it lost Temple.
It’s been an interesting journey, as always. And hopefully we can do something more after the bowl season is finally over. Have a great Ho Ho Ho.