The Fraud Five
By Mike Kern for PhillyCollegeSports.com
October 28, 2018
Mike Kern’s Fraud Five for Week 9
1. Texas Christian — Kansas had lost 38 straight games in October. Do I really need to say anything more? Frogs were only a four-touchdown favorite on the road. Ugh
2. Washington — Probably shouldn’t be losing at Cal, which lost to UCLA by 20 at home a few weeks ago. And is it me, or is nobody in the PAC-12 really that good?
3. Oregon — Speaking of which, when you’re ranked you probably shouldn’t be losing at 3-5 Arizona. Especially not by 44 – 15. Yo, maybe it’s me. Sometimes it can be. But it was the Ducks second straight loss. Last week they were down 27 – 0 at halftime. This time it was 23 – 8.
4. Florida State — Whatever happened to the Seminoles, other than Charlie Strong? I guess Jimbo Fisher knew what he was doing when he took all that money to go to Texas A&M, even if his ranked Aggies also got beat (28 – 13 at Mississippi State). I know FSU isn’t in Clemson’s class any more. Still, 59 – 10 in Tallahassee won’t go over well. And it shouldn’t. Noles got outscored 52 – 0 in second and third periods combined. Good thing they at least got the last touchdown.
5. Texas — Not a felony to lose at Oklahoma State, even if you had put yourself very much into the playoff conversation. Longhorns only wound up losing by three, but were down 31 – 14 after 30 minutes.
Appalachian State — Hate to pick on the Mountaineers, because they lost at Georgia Southern, which is also pretty good. But they did lose by 20, in their first week as a ranked team. And timing is most of it.