touchdowns in Missouri's 41-6 win over Nebraska last year.
Here are 10 things I'm buzzing about at the outset of Week 6.
1. With the Buckeyes coming into town for a nationally televised night game at Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin students will partake in their own type of blackout. (It has nothing to do with wardrobe selection ...) How will Terrelle Pryor handle this hostile atmosphere in his first road start? The Badgers have won 27 of their last 28 home games, but how will they respond after a devastating loss at Michigan last week? We've got a toss-up on our hands, folks. And it's probably the most intriguing matchup in a weak slate of games.
2. Missouri hasn't won at Nebraska in 30 years -- seemingly the same amount of time it's been since the Huskers last played defense. With Missouri's suspect secondary, don't be surprised if Joe Ganz and Co. put some points on the board. Unfortunately for the home fans, the Huskers' total will fall short of the Tigers' total. Like four touchdowns short.
3. Oklahoma State leads the nation in rushing, averaging a jaw-dropping 340.25 yards per contest. Conversely, Texas A&M ranks 115th in run defense. Remember Bo Jackson in Tecmo Super Bowl? Look for pint-sized Pokes RB Kendall "Spud" Hunter to put on a similar display in Boone Pickens Stadium tonight.
4. Does Oregon have what it takes to march into the Coliseum and hand mighty USC a second straight loss? Probably not, but don't immediately discount the Ducks. Oregon State beat USC by dominating the trenches, and Oregon boasts formidable fronts on both sides of the ball. The offensive line consistently opens up holes for LeGarrette Blount and Jeremiah Johnson, while the D-line wreaks havoc with a pair of talented bookends (Nick Reed and Will Tukuafo).
5. How astounding was Michael Crabtree's freshman season? Well, he currently ranks third nationally in receiving yards per game (114.25) and everyone's asking what's wrong with him. Today Crabtree and the Red Raiders face the nation's leading receiver, Kansas State's Brandon Banks (115.75). Here's guessing that Crabtree reclaims the top spot by day's end.
6. Anyone who loves the vertical passing game ... should definitely steer clear of Vandy-Auburn. The 'Dores run the ball like its 1940, while the Tigers' new offense is just an overall abomination at this point. Wake up grandpa for this one -- it's his kind of ballgame.
7. This week's lone bout between undefeated teams takes place in Tuscaloosa, as Alabama (5-0) plays host to Kentucky (4-0). The surprising Wildcats have allowed just 22 total points this season, but they haven't played the most imposing schedule thus far (Louisville, Norfolk State, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky). You never say never in today's college football, but it's hard to imagine Nick Saban's troops dropping this game. The Tide have never lost to Kentucky at home.
8. Who wants to make some money? Then don't listen to a word I say. Last week, I encouraged everyone to bet against Notre Dame, claiming "Touchdown Jesus will have to suit up for ND to keep this respectable." The Irish proceeded to beat Purdue by 17 points, sans TD Jesus. This week, ND's a 6.5-point favorite at home against Stanford. My advice: Don't bet against Catholicism.
9. Arizona's Mike Stoops and Washington's Tyrone Willingham entered this season on two of the hottest seats in America. Hate to sound morbid, but it would be quite ironic if Stoops buried Willingham with a resounding win in Tucson today.
10. When do we start taking Ball State seriously? The 5-0 Cardinals should cruise past Toledo tonight and their schedule looks like a cake walk until the last two games of the regular season against Central Michigan (3-2) and Western Michigan (4-1). But even if Brady Hoke's team finishes the season a perfect 13-0 (including the MAC title game), the Cardinals will lack a signature win, which could definitely keep them out of the BCS party.