October 26, 2010

Ranking them all: Rivals.com 120 at 1:20

Here is the fourth Rivals.com 1-120 ranking of the season.

How do we come up with the rankings? Well, we wait until after Week 5 to release our first set. And there are numerous variables at play, chief among them who a team has beaten and where. While we have a "what have you done for me lately?" mindset, we also consider the rankings a snapshot of the whole season, not just one game; that's why -- at times -- teams are ranked below a team they may have beaten. In addition, if a tiebreaker is needed, it's who we think would win on a neutral field.

We update these every Tuesday at 1:20 p.m. Eastern time, so if your team isn't where you think it should be, check back in a week.

On to the rankings:

Mike Huguenin's 120 at 1:20
1. Oregon (7-0)
BUZZ: The Ducks have scored at least 42 in each game, and they also have rolled up at least 556 yards five times. Not surprisingly, every win has been by double-digits; six of them have been by at least 20 points and three have been by at least 40. NEXT: at USC, Saturday
2. Auburn (8-0)
BUZZ: Cue the "Rawhide" theme: "Rollin', rollin', rollin'. Keep movin', movin', movin'." The Tigers' rushing attack tore through LSU's touted defense like stampeding cattle. NEXT: at Ole Miss, Saturday
3. TCU (8-0)
BUZZ: Why are the Horned Frogs No. 3? They've given up 10 points -- total -- in their past four games. That is phenomenal, no matter who you're playing. NEXT: at UNLV, Saturday
4. Boise State (6-0)
BUZZ: The Broncos, who are No. 3 in the BCS standings, should have their way with a shaky Louisiana Tech secondary, which should mean huge numbers for QB Kellen Moore and WRs Titus Young and Austin Pettis. NEXT: vs. Louisiana Tech, Tuesday
5. Alabama (7-1)
BUZZ: After routing Tennessee, the Tide now get a week off before they head to the bayou. That will be their last road game of the season. NEXT: at LSU, Nov. 6
6. Stanford (6-1)
BUZZ: Stanford's defense has sprung some leaks, and that has to worry coach Jim Harbaugh. Still, the offense remains potent behind QB Andrew Luck. NEXT: at Washington, Saturday
7. Michigan State (8-0)
BUZZ: This week's game is the toughest remaining roadblock for the Spartans. P Aaron Bates deserves special mention; he threw the winning TD pass off a fake field goal against Notre Dame, then completed a huge pass on a fake punt in the fourth quarter this past Saturday against Northwestern. NEXT: at Iowa, Saturday
8. Missouri (7-0)
BUZZ: Mizzou got a huge victory this past Saturday by knocking off Oklahoma. But there's no time to rest with a trip to Lincoln looming. NEXT: at Nebraska, Saturday
9. Utah (7-0)
BUZZ: This past Saturday's 59-6 thrashing of Colorado State was the fourth time this season the Utes have scored at least 50. Utah is third nationally in scoring offense, fourth in scoring defense, second in kickoff returns and second in punt returns. NEXT: at Air Force, Saturday
10. Wisconsin (7-1)
BUZZ: The Badgers' win this past Saturday at Iowa was their second one-pointer of the season; in both, the opposing team missed an extra point. An 11-1 Badgers team would be a prime contender for a BCS at-large berth. NEXT: at Purdue, Nov. 6
11. Arizona (6-1)
BUZZ: The Wildcats didn't miss a beat without injured starting QB Nick Foles against Washington. It helps when your defense is as stingy as the Wildcats'. NEXT: at UCLA, Saturday
12. Ohio State (7-1)
BUZZ: Ohio State bounced back from a loss to Wisconsin by throttling Purdue. The one problem area for the Buckeyes this season is their lack of a pass rush, which won't matter this week. NEXT: at Minnesota, Saturday
13. Oklahoma (6-1)
BUZZ: The Sooners' shaky defense caught up to them. With their national title hopes basically dashed, now they need to make sure they win the Big 12 South. NEXT: vs. Colorado, Saturday
14. LSU (7-1)
BUZZ: Forgive coordinator John Chavis and his defensive players if they're having nightmares about Cameron Newton. LSU had allowed just 585 rushing yards in its first seven games; Newton and Auburn rumbled for 440, with "rumbled" being the operative word. NEXT: vs. Alabama, Nov. 6
15. Nebraska (6-1)
BUZZ: The Huskers rebounded nicely from a devastating home loss to Texas by outlasting Oklahoma State in a shootout. Next up is a visit from unbeaten Missouri, with the winner taking a giant step toward the Big 12 North title. NEXT: vs. Missouri, Saturday
16. Iowa (5-2)
BUZZ: In its two losses, Iowa has given up 65 points. In their five wins, the Hawkeyes have allowed 45. A win Saturday over the unbeaten Spartans keeps the Hawkeyes' Rose Bowl hopes alive. NEXT: vs. Michigan State, Saturday
17. Oklahoma State (6-1)
BUZZ: The Cowboys proved their offense could be productive against anyone by putting up 41 points on Nebraska. Sadly for them, they also showed that their defense still isn't ready for prime time by giving up 51. NEXT: at Kansas State, Saturday
18. Florida State (6-1)
BUZZ: The Seminoles basically can lock up the ACC Atlantic Division title Thursday night. They haven't allowed more than 19 points since getting scorched for 47 by Oklahoma in Week Two. NEXT: at North Carolina State, Thursday
19. South Carolina (5-2)
BUZZ: The Gamecocks have it relatively easy this weekend; they have Arkansas and Florida looming, though, in their quest for the SEC East title. NEXT: vs. Tennessee, Saturday
20. Arkansas (5-2)
BUZZ: This past Saturday's win over Ole Miss was the first time this season the Hogs didn't throw for at least 310 yards. They're second in the nation in pass offense at 352.1 yards per game. NEXT: vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday
21. Virginia Tech (6-2)
BUZZ: The Hokies have scored at least 41 in four consecutive games. They are the only team unbeaten in league play in the ACC's Coastal Division. NEXT: vs. Georgia Tech, Nov. 4
22. USC (5-2)
BUZZ: The defense has some issues, no doubt, and that's not good with high-powered Oregon coming in next. Still, both losses have come on last-play field goals. NEXT: vs. Oregon, Saturday
23. Miami (5-2)
BUZZ: Since surrendering 45 points and getting thrashed at home by Florida State on Oct. 9, the Hurricanes have allowed just 23 points in the past two games. Their game with Virginia Tech on Nov. 20 likely will decide the ACC Coastal title. NEXT: at Virginia, Saturday
24. Mississippi State (6-2)
BUZZ: The Bulldogs have won five in a row, and their only two losses this season are to teams that are a combined 15-1 (Auburn and LSU). NEXT: vs. Kentucky, Saturday
25. Oregon State (3-3)
BUZZ: The defense has been shockingly bad, ranking 119th nationally overall. The Beavers have given up at least 27 in each game. Still, they have a legit chance to win at least eight games again. NEXT: vs. California, Saturday
26. Michigan (5-2)
BUZZ: The next three games are winnable -- Penn State, Illinois and Purdue. But it's hard to see the Wolverines winning either of their final two games, against Wisconsin and Ohio State. NEXT: at Penn State, Saturday
27. California (4-3)
BUZZ: Cal is coming off a whipping of Arizona State, the third time this season the Golden Bears have scored at least 50. On the other hand, they also have allowed at least 48 twice, which means consistency obviously is lacking. NEXT: at Oregon State, Saturday
28. N.C. State (5-2)
BUZZ: This week's game is a biggie in the ACC Atlantic Division race. QB Russell Wilson needs to be extremely sharp for the Wolfpack to have a shot. NEXT: vs. Florida State, Thursday
29. Baylor (6-2)
BUZZ: The Bears are bowl-bound for the first time since 1994. This week, they try to beat Texas for the first time since 1997. NEXT: at Texas, Saturday
30. West Virginia (5-2)
BUZZ: WVU's offensive line had all sorts of trouble with a blitzing Syracuse defense, and QB Geno Smith was under siege. Three of the next four are on the road. NEXT: at Connecticut, Friday
31. Georgia Tech (5-3)
BUZZ: There will be no repeating as ACC champs. Now, the Jackets, who lost to Clemson last week, need to make sure their losing streak doesn't reach three with Virginia Tech and Miami looming. NEXT: at Virginia Tech, Nov. 4
32. Nevada (6-1)
BUZZ: The Wolf Pack are in a stretch that has them playing five of seven away from home. Senior RB Vai Taua is No. 7 nationally in rushing at 132.8 yards per game. NEXT: vs. Utah State, Saturday
33. Air Force (5-3)
BUZZ: The Falcons are averaging 326.5 rushing yards per game, which leads the nation. But they were held to 184 by TCU in a 31-point loss this past Saturday. NEXT: vs. Utah, Saturday
34. Navy (5-2)
BUZZ: It took a while for the Midshipmen to get it cranked up this season, but they're looking good for a 10-2 finish. NEXT: vs. Duke, Saturday
35. Texas (4-3)
BUZZ: Yep, it makes perfect sense that a team that won at Nebraska turns around and loses at home to an Iowa State team that had been hammered 120-27 in its previous two games. NEXT: vs. Baylor, Saturday
36. Florida (4-3)
BUZZ: The Gators have been inept offensively, but they still are in good shape to win the SEC East. Of course, that's more a reflection of the mediocrity of the division than anything good about the Gators. NEXT: vs. Georgia in Jacksonville, Saturday
37. North Carolina (4-3)
BUZZ: The Heels' four-game winning streak ended with a thud: a 23-point loss at Miami. This week's relative breather will be followed by a tough closing stretch. NEXT: vs. William & Mary, Saturday
38. Clemson (4-3)
BUZZ: After losing three in a row, the Tigers have responded by winning two in a row. Three of the next four are on the road. NEXT: at Boston College, Saturday
39. East Carolina (5-2)
BUZZ: The Pirates are lax defensively, but they can move the ball, especially in the air. The winner of this week's game becomes the favorite to win the Conference USA title. NEXT: at UCF, Saturday
40. Notre Dame (4-4)
BUZZ: The Irish got run over by Navy this past Saturday, their third loss to the Midshipmen in the past four seasons. That loss was a stark reminder of why the Irish have struggled the past few seasons: The defense is devoid of playmakers. NEXT: vs. Tulsa, Saturday
41. Northwestern (5-2)
BUZZ: The Wildcats own a two-game losing streak, and both losses came at home. Still, they can get to eight wins, if they beat who they should. NEXT: at Indiana, Saturday
42. San Diego State (5-2)
BUZZ: The Aztecs are in great shape to play in the postseason for the first time since the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl. Indeed, they should become bowl-eligible this weekend. NEXT: at Wyoming, Saturday
43. Kansas State (5-2)
BUZZ: In their two losses, the Wildcats have given up 95 points. In their five wins, they've allowed 86. NEXT: vs. Oklahoma State, Saturday
44. Texas A&M (4-3)
BUZZ: Playing Kansas has a way of curing the things that ail you, as A&M found out last week. The Aggies still have some work to do to become bowl-eligible, and they may need to win Saturday for that to happen. NEXT: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday
45. Illinois (4-3)
BUZZ: The three teams that have beaten the Illini are a combined 22-1. Defense is leading the way for Illinois. NEXT: vs. Purdue, Saturday
46. Penn State (4-3)
BUZZ: The offense-challenged Nittany Lions are entering a key two-game stretch, with home games against Michigan and Northwestern. They need to win at least one to have a legit bowl opportunity. NEXT: vs. Michigan, Saturday
47. Northern Illinois (6-2)
BUZZ: The Huskies have won five in a row, and they've averaged 38.6 points in those five victories. While three of their final four are on the road, that points-per-game average should climb anyway. NEXT: at Western Michigan, Saturday
48. Temple (6-2)
BUZZ: The Owls should be able to cruise past their next two opponents (Akron and Kent State). Then comes a MAC East showdown with Ohio U. on Nov. 16. NEXT: vs. Akron, Saturday
49. Iowa State (4-4)
BUZZ: Yep, it makes perfect sense that a team coming off back-to-back beatdowns in which it was blown out by a combined 120-27 goes into Austin and beats Texas. In the process, the Cyclones took a giant step toward a second consecutive bowl appearance. NEXT: vs. Kansas, Saturday
50. Texas Tech (4-3)
BUZZ: The Red Raiders' pass defense in one word? How about "rancid." They give up 298.8 passing yards per game, which is 119th nationally. NEXT: at Texas A&M, Saturday
51. UCF (5-2)
BUZZ: Both losses have come to Big Six schools (N.C. State and Kansas State). The Knights are running the ball well and playing stout defense. NEXT: vs. East Carolina, Saturday
52. Pittsburgh (4-3)
BUZZ: Pitt looked bad early in the season. But once Big East play started, the Panthers have become dominant on both sides of the ball. NEXT: vs. Louisville, Saturday
53. UCLA (3-4)
BUZZ: It looked as if UCLA had turned the corner. But the Bruins have been blasted by a combined 95-20 in the past two games, and an ineffective offense has been the culprit. NEXT: vs. Arizona, Saturday
54. Washington (3-4)
BUZZ: The Huskies have followed a simple pattern this season: lose, win, lose, win, lose, win and lose. Hmmm -- does that mean Stanford is in trouble this weekend? NEXT: vs. Stanford, Saturday
55. Southern Miss (5-2)
BUZZ: The Golden Eagles have scored at least 40 in three consecutive games. In each of their two losses, they have surrendered at least 40 (to South Carolina and East Carolina). NEXT: vs. UAB, Saturday
56. Georgia (4-4)
BUZZ: The Bulldogs have won three in a row and scored at least 41 in each of them. Have they hit their stride or has it been the level of competition (Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Kentucky)? NEXT: vs. Florida in Jacksonville, Saturday
57. Hawaii (6-2)
BUZZ: The Warriors have won five in a row since an 18-point loss to Colorado; they've averaged 45.6 points during the winning streak. Hawaii leads the nation in passing at 400.8 yards per game. NEXT: vs. Idaho, Saturday
58. Kentucky (4-4)
BUZZ: UK has allowed fewer than 37 points in just one of its five SEC games -- and it won that one; it lost the other four. The run defense needs a ton of improvement. NEXT: at Mississippi State, Saturday
59. Maryland (5-2)
BUZZ: Can a team that ranks 104th in total offense go bowling? Well, if the Terps beat a bad Wake Forest team on Saturday, they'll be playing in the postseason. NEXT: vs. Wake Forest, Saturday
60. Syracuse (5-2)
BUZZ: The Orange have scored just 46 points in their past three games -- but they've won two of them because the defense has become quite salty. That aggressive defense was the key to last week's upset of West Virginia. NEXT: at Cincinnati, Saturday
61. SMU (4-4)
BUZZ: The Mustangs laid a giant egg in getting hammered at home by Houston. They've lost two in a row and play three of their final four on the road. NEXT: at Tulane, Saturday
62. Arizona State (3-4)
BUZZ: The Sun Devils followed up solid performances against Oregon, Oregon State and Washington by getting eviscerated by California. A bowl now looks out of reach, and that's bad news for coach Dennis Erickson. NEXT: vs. Washington State, Saturday
63. Louisville (4-3)
BUZZ: The Cardinals are coming off a shutout of Connecticut, their second in three weeks. And the offense has been revitalized, too. In short, Charlie Strong is having a good first season as coach. NEXT: at Pittsburgh, Saturday
64. Houston (4-3)
BUZZ: Two weeks ago, the Cougars lost to hapless Rice. This past weekend, they regrouped to shock SMU. Houston has scored at least 40 in each of its wins and been held to 31 or fewer in each of its losses. NEXT: at Memphis, Saturday
65. USF (4-3)
BUZZ: After scoring just 15 points in the previous two games, the offense awoke from its slumber and scored 38 in an upset of Cincinnati. Can QB B.J. Daniels and the Bulls keep it going? NEXT: vs. Rutgers, Nov. 3
66. Ole Miss (3-4)
BUZZ: Unless Ole Miss pulls an upset over Auburn, LSU or Mississippi State, it won't be going bowling this season. And in that scenario, coach Houston Nutt is going to look back on losses to Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt, and let out a big sigh. NEXT: vs. Auburn, Saturday
67. Cincinnati (3-4)
BUZZ: This week is big if the Bearcats want to go bowling again. Protecting the quarterback is going to be important against Syracuse, which had a ferocious pass rush in upsetting West Virginia last week. NEXT: vs. Syracuse, Saturday
68. Colorado (3-4)
BUZZ: The Buffs have lost their past two, to Baylor and Texas Tech, by just nine points. But a loss is a loss, and Dan Hawkins likely has suffered too many of them to return. NEXT: at Oklahoma, Saturday
69. Purdue (4-3)
BUZZ: Winning this week is important if the Boilermakers want to go to a bowl. The pass offense has been a disaster. NEXT: at Illinois, Saturday
70. Troy (4-2)
BUZZ: The Trojans play three of their next four on the road. But they still have a great shot at finishing unbeaten in Sun Belt play and of winning nine overall. NEXT: at Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday
71. Tulsa (4-3)
BUZZ: The Golden Hurricane are last in the nation in pass defense, which is going to hurt them this weekend. Still, they're in good shape to get to a bowl. NEXT: at Notre Dame, Saturday
72. Rutgers (4-3)
BUZZ: The Scarlet Knights have three wins over FBS foes; they've come by a total 11 points. The rushing attack has really struggled. NEXT: at USF, Nov. 3
73. Fresno State (5-2)
BUZZ: In their two losses, the Bulldogs surrendered 104 points; they've allowed 83 points in their five wins. NEXT: at Louisiana Tech, Nov. 6
74. Toledo (5-3)
BUZZ: Outside of big losses to Arizona and Boise State, the defense has played well. The offense lacks consistency, though, and that likely is going to cost the Rockets in their attempt to win the MAC West. NEXT: at Eastern Michigan, Saturday
75. BYU (3-5)
BUZZ: BYU is going to be favored in every game other than the regular-season finale against Utah. That means the Cougars should go bowling. NEXT: vs. UNLV, Saturday
76. Army (4-3)
BUZZ: If Army wants to go bowling, it would behoove the Black Knights to win this week. Frankly, that should be easy against a bad FCS program. NEXT: vs. VMI, Saturday
77. Ohio U. (5-3)
BUZZ: The Bobcats squarely are in the running for the MAC East crown, and their game with Temple on Nov. 16 should be the de facto division title game. This week, though, Ohio steps out of conference play for the last time. NEXT: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday
78. Connecticut (3-4)
BUZZ: The Huskies were expected to contend for the Big East title this season. Instead, it looks as if they could end up in the basement. NEXT: vs. West Virginia, Friday
79. Boston College (2-5)
BUZZ: The offense has been a disaster area, and if the Eagles don't gain bowl eligibility, the blame squarely will be on the offense. NEXT: vs. Clemson, Saturday
80. Indiana (4-3)
BUZZ: The Hoosiers still have bowl hopes, but they will be extremely faint if they don't win this week. NEXT: vs. Northwestern, Saturday
81. Tennessee (2-5)
BUZZ: The Vols are the only team winless in SEC play; they've been outscored 129-55 in their four conference games. NEXT: at South Carolina, Saturday
82. Miami of Ohio (4-4)
BUZZ: The RedHawks are coming off their first MAC loss of the season; they also have to play their next three games on the road. Can they handle it? NEXT: at Buffalo, Saturday
83. Virginia (3-4)
BUZZ: The Cavs got their first FBS win of the season this past Saturday, against hapless Eastern Michigan. The run defense has been far worse than expected. NEXT: vs. Miami, Saturday
84. Tulane (3-4)
BUZZ: The Green Wave have made huge strides on defense this season. If they could run the ball better, they actually would be flirting with bowl eligibility. NEXT: vs. SMU, Saturday
85. Louisiana Tech (3-4)
BUZZ: The Bulldogs have a modest two-game winning streak. Barring a miracle, that streak ends Tuesday night. Tech has been horrendous against the pass, which has to make Boise QB Kellen Moore quite pleased. NEXT: at Boise State, Tuesday
86. Idaho (4-3)
BUZZ: The Vandals are entering their toughest stretch of the season, with back-to-back-to-back games against Hawaii, Nevada and Boise State. Their passing attack gives them some hope, but their weak run defense has to worry the coaches. NEXT: at Hawaii, Saturday
87. Wyoming (2-6)
BUZZ: The Cowboys went bowling last season in Dave Christensen's first season as coach. If they want to go bowling again this season, they need to win out. That doesn't seem likely because of this week's opponent. NEXT: vs. San Diego State, Saturday
88. UTEP (5-3)
BUZZ: The Miners started 5-1, but they have dropped their past two games, to UAB and Tulane. If they don't win this week, it's extremely doubtful they will get the needed six wins for bowl eligibility. NEXT: at Marshall, Saturday
89. Vanderbilt (2-5)
BUZZ: Vandy has scored 38 points in its four SEC games -- and 28 of those came against Ole Miss. NEXT: at Arkansas, Saturday
90. Wake Forest (2-5)
BUZZ: The Demon Deacons scored 107 points in their first two games; they've scored 72 in the five games since. The defense has been horrible, and the passing attack is non-existent. NEXT: at Maryland, Saturday
91. Arkansas State (3-5)
BUZZ: Arkansas State has scored between 24 and 37 points in all eight games this season. The Red Wolves have a solid offense (47th overall) but an awful defense (115th overall). NEXT: vs. Middle Tennessee, Nov. 2
92. Middle Tennessee (3-4)
BUZZ: After struggling in his first two games after returning from an NCAA-imposed suspension, QB Dwight Dasher returned to form with a solid performance in a win over Louisiana-Monroe last week. NEXT: at Arkansas State, Nov. 2
93. Colorado State (2-6)
BUZZ: In games against Mountain West heavyweights TCU and Utah, the Rams were outscored 86-6. This week, the Rams get a Mountain West lightweight. NEXT: vs. New Mexico, Saturday
94. UAB (2-5)
BUZZ: The Blazers were whipped by SMU and UCF. But in the other three losses, UAB has been outscored by just nine points. NEXT: at Southern Miss, Saturday
95. Washington State (1-7)
BUZZ: The Cougars have making progress. They have played three consecutive ranked teams, but acquitted themselves well, losing the three by a combined 47 points. They lost their opener to Oklahoma State by 48 points. NEXT: at Arizona State, Saturday
96. Utah State (2-5)
BUZZ: In their past four games, the Aggies have scored 51 points -- and 31 of those came in their upset of BYU. The passing attack has been a disappointment. NEXT: at Nevada, Saturday
97. Kansas (2-5)
BUZZ: Things are going bad for Kansas, which has been outscored 159-24 in the past three games. How in the world did this team beat Georgia Tech? NEXT: at Iowa State, Saturday
98. Kent State (3-4)
BUZZ: The Golden Flashes can play defense, ranking ninth nationally in total defense. But they're 113th in total offense, mainly because their rushing attack is pitiful. NEXT: vs. Ball State, Saturday
99. Buffalo (2-5)
BUZZ: The Bulls have been outscored 87-14 in their past two games, but those were against Northern Illinois and Temple, the MAC's two best teams. Now the Bulls start to play teams more in line with their talent level. NEXT: vs. Miami of Ohio, Saturday
100. Minnesota (1-7)
BUZZ: The only buzz surrounding this team has been created by all the talk about finding a new coach. The next two games are against Ohio State and Wisconsin, which means back-to-back thrashings are coming. NEXT: vs. Ohio State, Saturday
101. Western Michigan (3-4)
BUZZ: This week's opponent is the only one the rest of the way that has a winning record. Indeed, NIU is the only remaining foe that has won more than twice. NEXT: vs. Northern Illinois, Saturday
102. Rice (2-6)
BUZZ: The Owls have given up at least 30 points in all eight games, but no one has scored more than 44. Their wins have been 32-31 and 34-31. NEXT: at Tulsa, Nov. 6
103. Florida International (2-4)
BUZZ: FIU has won two in a row after opening the season with four consecutive losses to Big Six opponents. The defense has been surprisingly stout. NEXT: at Florida Atlantic, Saturday
104. Louisiana-Lafayette (2-5)
BUZZ: The Ragin' Cajuns, who are giving up almost 40 points per game, play their next three and four of their final five away from home. NEXT: at Ohio U., Saturday
105. Bowling Green (1-7)
BUZZ: A bad double-whammy -- the Falcons are last nationally in rush offense and 116th in rush defense. Still, they have lost games by one, two and three points and easily could be 4-4. NEXT: at Central Michigan, Saturday
106. UNLV (1-6)
BUZZ: The Rebels have given up at least 30 points in each game but one. What do you know -- they won that game. They've been outscored 92-20 in their past two. NEXT: vs. TCU, Saturday
107. Louisiana-Monroe (3-4)
BUZZ: The Warhawks are in the midst of a seven-game stretch in which they play five away from home. Their three wins this season have come by a combined eight points. NEXT: vs. Troy, Saturday
108. Duke (1-6)
BUZZ: The Blue Devils scored 89 in their first two games; they've scored 70 in the five games since. NEXT: at Navy, Saturday
109. Marshall (1-6)
BUZZ: You know, there's nothing like consistency. The Thundering Herd is 107th nationally in scoring offense (17.1 ppg) and 107th in scoring defense (35.6 ppg). NEXT: vs. UTEP, Saturday
110. Memphis (1-6)
BUZZ: The Tigers have scored just 26 points in their past three games and have to find a way to get their offense untracked. NEXT: vs. Houston, Saturday
111. Western Kentucky (1-6)
BUZZ: The Hilltoppers stopped their 26-game losing streak in a big way, winning by 33 at Louisiana-Lafayette. The way Western's offense is playing means another win or two should occur this season. NEXT: vs. North Texas, Saturday
112. North Texas (1-6)
BUZZ: This will be the Mean Green's first game with interim coach Mike Canales, as coach Todd Dodge was fired last week. NEXT: at Western Kentucky, Saturday
113. Florida Atlantic (1-5)
BUZZ: FAU won its opener, by one, but hasn't won since. This week's matchup will be just the second home game of the season for the Owls. NEXT: vs. Florida International, Saturday
114. Ball State (2-6)
BUZZ: The Cardinals are averaging 27.3 points per game in their four MAC contests. They've lost three of them because their defense is giving up an average of 36.0 points in those games. NEXT: at Kent State, Saturday
115. Central Michigan (2-6)
BUZZ: After routinely putting up big numbers with Dan LeFevour at quarterback, the Chippewas are having trouble scoring without him this season. They haven't scored more than 21 points in any of the past four games. NEXT: vs. Bowling Green, Saturday
116. Eastern Michigan (1-7)
BUZZ: The Eagles are 119th nationally in scoring defense, giving up 44.0 points per game. They've allowed at least 38 in five of their past six outings and at least 48 in four of their past six. NEXT: vs. Toledo, Saturday
117. New Mexico State (1-6)
BUZZ: The Aggies scored 21 in their opening game, a 20-point loss to San Diego State, and they haven't scored more than 16 since. New Mexico State is 116th in total offense and 118th in total defense. NEXT: vs. San Jose State, Saturday
118. San Jose State (1-7)
BUZZ: Five of the seven losses have come to teams in the BCS top 25, including four in the top 10. The Spartans are coming off an 18-point outing in a loss to Fresno State; that doesn't sound like much but it's their highest point total of the season. NEXT: at New Mexico State, Saturday
119. New Mexico (0-7)
BUZZ: The Lobos have lost eight in a row, tied with Akron for the nation's longest current losing streak. But at least the past two losses have come by a total of just 12 points. NEXT: at Colorado State, Saturday
120. Akron (0-8)
BUZZ: The Zips have given up at least 28 points in every game and have scored that many just once. That's not a good recipe for winning football. NEXT: at Temple, Saturday

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.



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