21. Nebraska CornHuskers
Last Week: Bye
Notes: The Huskers also took a week off to get ready for the start of league play. Short answer for them with Missouri on the horizon. They need 4 quarters from their vaunted defense. Missouri's O is way better than anything they have seen so far, and a letdown will mean a touchdown. This would be a huge start for Nebraska, especially since they miss OSU and Texas this year in Big 12 Play.
22. Missouri Tigers
Last Week: Bye
Notes: They haven't played since they handled Nevada, and that is a really good piece of scheduling with Nebraska next on the docket. Most of the people in Big 12 country think that this game will decide the North, and despite KU fans' protests, they are likely right. Gabbert has to be Jekyll and not Hyde for this one. If he is, Nebraska is going to be very disappointed with their start to league play. If Missouri can't pull this one out, it is going to be a long month with OSU and Texas to follow. If Missouri leaves Austin with more than 5 wins, they will be in great shape for the stretch run.
23. Houston Cougars
Last Week: Beat UTEP 58-41
Notes: The Cougars offense can score on anybody and their defense can't stop anybody, but so far they have been able to make it work to the tune of 2 wins against top 25 level teams from the Big 12 South. Mississippi State is not at the same level offensively as those teams, but they do play defense. That said, expect the Cougars to salt away another win against a BCS conference team and move a couple more steps up in the polls right before their conference season gets going.
24. Georgia Tech YellowJackets
Last Week: Beat Mississippi State 42-31
Notes: They have recovered nicely from the Miami game, but this week is going to be interesting. I tend to think it depends on which Seminole team shows up. If it is the team that nearly gave the Canes a loss to the start the year, the same team that stomped BYU in Provo, the Jackets are in trouble. If it is the team that has shown up since the BYU game, the Jackets are in good shape. Expect to see a lot of points in this game as FSU has had trouble against the run, and brings the kind of speed that has been wearing out the Tech defense all year long.
25. South Florida Bulls
Last Week: Beat Syracuse 34-20
Notes: They are riding high after their upset of FSU in tallahassee and B.J. Daniels looks like he is going to keep the Bulls rolling with Matt Groethe down. That said, it is the defense that makes this team go, and they are going to need a performance like that one at Doak Campbell if they want to take the lead in the Big East.