The difference between coordinating a national champion and coaching a faded power are obvious for Bo Pelini.
As LSU's defensive coordinator, Pelini oversaw a unit that held Virginia Tech to 149 yards last season in a 49-7 victory. Last week, Pelini, as head coach at Nebraska, lost at home to Virginia Tech 35-30. The Hokies put up a season high in points and yards (377). That does not bode well with the scoring explosion that No. 3 Missouri will bring with it this week.
This is one of the more curious games of Saturday. Pelini has been planning for this game since he got the job. It has both a revenge factor -- Missouri has won three of the last five -- and redemption -- Missouri hasn't won in Lincoln since 1978.
If points-starved Virginia Tech was able to put up 35, what is Missouri going to do?
--Upon further review, Georgia might have the toughest time rebounding from the rash of upsets. The Dawgs slipped only to No. 11 (AP), but tailback Knowshon Moreno has an elbow contusion and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has a knee sprain. The best thing Georgia has going for it is a bye week before hosting Tennessee on Oct. 11.