That hissing noise you just heard is the air coming out of Kansas State's balloon after being exposed, on national television, last night by Nebraska. Will a rivalry date with Kansas being the antidote for their pain? We'll have to wait until next Thursday to find out.
In the meantime, here are the week six match-ups:
Missouri over Colorado. Will the Tigers ever play a road game? Yet again, Missouri plays at home and will do battle with Colorado. MU is "celebrating" the fifth-down game against CU, 20 years ago, when the Buffaloes benefited from a major gaffe by officials and used the win as part of their run to a national championship. The circumstances are much, much different tomorrow--the Tigers should win by two touchdowns.
Baylor over Texas Tech. No, this isn't the Red River Rivalry but the game will take place in the Cotton Bowl with Tech favored by three. I think Baylor is for real and wins by four.
Arkansas over Texas A&M. Until Jerrod Johnson figures out how to take care of the ball, the Aggies' high-powered offense will have issues. Look for Arkansas to cover the line of six points.
Oklahoma State over Louisiana Lafayette. It's a rare Friday night game and it's in Louisiana. The Cowboys will win but don't be surprised if they struggle early.
Michigan over Michigan State. Did you know that this game is played for the Paul Bunyan Trophy? I didn't either. I wonder if it's a trophy that's too big to fit into a trophy case, given its namesake? This will be a good one but I suspect that home field advantage will sway the game in the Wolverines' favor.
Georgia over Tennessee. Derek Dooley returns to his daddy's old stomping grounds, but if Georgia loses this one, look for Mark Richt to be publicly lynched at Sanford Stadium. America's most tenuous coaching situation will get a week off as Georgia should beat the Vols by 10.
Alabama over South Carolina. I think this will be the best game of the weekend. Bama will win this one late, on the road.
Miami (Fla.) over Florida State. This one isn't like the old days when Florida State was FLORIDA STATE.
Florida over LSU. The most suspect undefeated team in the U.S.--LSU--goes down this weekend.