December 3, 2007

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Mike Huguenin's 120 at 1:20
1. OHIO STATE (11-1)
Buckeyes gain ground a lot of it by not playing for two weeks. Next: BCS title game vs. LSU, Jan. 7.
2. LSU (11-2)
The Tigers won the SEC, then they got some help from pollsters to get into title game. Next: BCS title game vs. Ohio State, Jan. 7.
3. USC (10-2)
The Trojans are playing as well as any team as regular season comes to a close. Next: Rose Bowl vs. Illinois, Jan. 1.
4. GEORGIA (10-2)
Hmmm what would've happened had Knowshon Moreno been big part of offense from Day One? Next: Sugar Bowl vs. Hawaii, Jan. 1.
5. OKLAHOMA (11-2)
This is getting sort of routine: Bob Stoops' Sooners win the Big 12. Next: Fiesta Bowl vs. West Virginia, Jan. 2.
6. MISSOURI (11-2)
The Tigers' worst game of the season came at the most inopportune time. Next: Cotton Bowl vs. Arkansas, Jan. 1.
7. KANSAS (11-1)
No matter what happens in the bowl game, the Jayhawks' season has been a resounding success. Next: Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 3.
8. VIRGINIA TECH (11-2)
If not for a late-October loss at home to Boston College, the Hokies likely would be playing for the national title. Next: Orange Bowl vs. Kansas, Jan. 3.
9. ARIZONA STATE (10-2)
The Sun Devils didn't make it to a BCS game, but Dennis Erickson's first season was still a success. Next: Holiday Bowl vs. Texas, Dec. 27.
10. WEST VIRGINIA (10-2)
There's no sugar-coating it: WVU turned in a pitiful performance vs. Pitt. Next: Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma, Jan. 2.
11. HAWAII (12-0)
The Warriors didn't always look pretty, but they got the victory over Washington. Next: Sugar Bowl vs. Georgia, Jan. 1.
12. FLORIDA (9-3)
The Gators' offense was clicking in the final month of the regular season. Next: Capital One Bowl vs. Michigan, Jan. 1.
13. ILLINOIS (9-3)
Ohio State's ascension into the title game sends Illini to the Rose Bowl. Next: Rose Bowl vs. USC, Jan. 1.
14. TEXAS (9-3)
If not for loss to Texas A&M, Longhorns might've been in a BCS bowl. Next: Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona State, Dec. 27.
15. BOSTON COLLEGE (10-3)
BC's lack of ticket sales hurt them when it came to bowl pairings. Next: Champs Sports Bowl vs. Michigan State, Dec. 28.
16. USF (9-3)
Midseason lull cost Bulls. But they have a lot of young players, so next season looks bright. Next: Sun Bowl vs. Oregon, Dec. 31.
17. BYU (10-2)
Cougars go unbeaten in Mountain West Conference for second season in a row. Next: Las Vegas Bowl vs. UCLA, Dec. 22.
18. TENNESSEE (9-4)
Vols put 1-2 start behind them to win SEC East. All in all, a nice season. Next: Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin, Jan. 1.
19. VIRGINIA (9-3)
Cavs lived dangerously all season, setting NCAA record with five games decided by two or fewer points. Next: Gator Bowl vs. Texas Tech, Jan. 1.
20. CLEMSON (9-3)
Maybe one of these seasons the Tigers will find some needed consistency. Next: Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Auburn, Dec. 31.
21. CINCINNATI (9-3)
Bearcats' offense is a fun one to watch under coach Brian Kelly. Next: Papajohns.com Bowl vs. Southern Miss, Dec. 22.
22. BOISE STATE (10-2)
Second-year coach Chris Petersen has a career record of 23-2. Not bad, huh? Next: Hawaii Bowl vs. East Carolina, Dec. 23.
23. AUBURN (8-4)
Some disappointing losses, for sure, but a sixth consecutive win over Alabama cures a lot of ills. Next: Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson, Dec. 31.
24. WISCONSIN (9-3)
Each of the Badgers' losses came on the road in the Big Ten. Next: Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee, Jan. 1.
25. ARKANSAS (8-4)
A lot of fans got their wish: Houston Nutt is gone. Now what? Next: Cotton Bowl vs. Missouri, Jan. 1.
26. UTAH (8-4)
The Utes stumbled early but played extremely well in the second half of the season. Next: Poinsettia Bowl vs. Navy, Dec. 20.
27. OREGON STATE (8-4)
Defense was the constant for the Beavers this season. Next: Emerald Bowl vs. Maryland, Dec. 28.
28. OREGON (8-4)
QB Dennis Dixon's torn ACL was devastating for the Ducks. Next: Sun Bowl vs. USF, Dec. 31.
29. TEXAS TECH (8-4)
Redshirt freshman WR Michael Crabtree burst on to the scene in a big way. Next: Gator Bowl vs. Virginia, Jan. 1.
30. WAKE FOREST (8-4)
Demon Deacons showed that last season's ACC title wasn't a fluke. Next: Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Connecticut, Dec. 29.
31. MICHIGAN (8-4)
So, with Les Miles out of the picture, who becomes the Wolverines' new coach? Next: Capital One Bowl vs. Florida, Jan. 1.
32. PENN STATE (8-4)
With Bobby Bowden being allowed to coach as long as he wants, we assume it's the same for Joe Paterno. Next: Alamo Bowl vs. Texas A&M, Dec. 29.
33. CONNECTICUT (9-3)
The Huskies were one of the nation's biggest surprises this season. Next: Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Wake Forest, Dec. 29.
34. MISSISSIPPI STATE (7-5)
Sylvester Croom has the Bulldogs in a bowl for the first time since the 2000 season. Next: Liberty Bowl vs. UCF, Dec. 29.
35. KENTUCKY (7-5)
The Wildcats were in the hunt for a New Year's Day bowl, but they faded down the stretch. Next: Music City Bowl vs. Florida State, Dec. 31.
36. MICHIGAN STATE (7-5)
Victory over Penn State in regular-season finale propelled Spartans into a Florida bowl. Next: Champs Sports Bowl vs. Boston College, Dec. 28.
37. AIR FORCE (9-3)
The Falcons won their final three regular-season games by an average of 23 ppg. Next: Armed Forces Bowl vs. California, Dec. 31.
38. UCF (10-3)
TB Kevin Smith has chance to be Division I-A's leading single-season rusher. Next: Liberty Bowl vs. Mississippi State, Dec. 29.
39. FLORIDA STATE (7-5)
School officials essentially have told Bobby Bowden he can coach as long as he wants. Next: Music City Bowl vs. Kentucky, Dec. 31.
40. NEW MEXICO (8-4)
Defense was the Lobos' calling card this season. Next: New Mexico Bowl vs. Nevada, Dec. 22.
41. FRESNO STATE (8-4)
Bulldogs will be looking for their second win over a BCS-league school this season in their bowl. Next: Humanitarian Bowl vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 31.
42. TULSA (9-4)
Golden Hurricane head into postseason with the nation's top-ranked offense. Next: GMAC Bowl vs. Bowling Green, Jan. 6.
43. UCLA (6-6)
You have to figure word will come soon on Karl Dorrell's future. Next: Las Vegas Bowl vs. BYU, Dec. 22.
44. CALIFORNIA (6-6)
Golden Bears head into postseason having lost six of their past seven. Yikes. Next: Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force, Dec. 31.
45. TEXAS A&M (7-5)
Gary Darnell was Florida's interim coach when it lost in the Freedom Bowl in 1989. Next: Alamo Bowl vs. Penn State, Dec. 29.
46. OKLAHOMA STATE (6-6)
One of the lasting images of the 2007 season is coach Mike Gundy's rant after Texas Tech game. Next: Insight Bowl vs. Indiana, Dec. 31.
47. SOUTH CAROLINA (6-6)
The Gamecocks started 6-1 before fading badly in second half of season. Next: Season over.
48. GEORGIA TECH (7-5)
Tech, which is looking for a new coach, gets to play in Boise on New Year's Eve. Yippee. Next: Humanitarian Bowl vs. Fresno State, Dec. 31.
49. RUTGERS (7-5)
What happens to Scarlet Knights next season if TB Ray Rice goes pro? Next: International Bowl vs. Ball State, Jan. 5.
50. ALABAMA (6-6)
You can safely assume that the season did not go as Nick Saban thought it would. Next: Independence Bowl vs. Colorado, Dec. 30.
51. PURDUE (7-5)
Boilermakers started 5-0. Then real teams started showing up on the schedule. Next: Motor City Bowl vs. Central Michigan, Dec. 26.
52. IOWA (6-6)
Inexplicable loss at home to Western Michigan in regular-season finale likely cost Iowa a bowl bid. Next: Season over.
53. INDIANA (7-5)
Terry Hoeppner is smiling for sure: Hoosiers are going to play 13 this season. Next: Insight Bowl vs. Oklahoma State, Dec. 31.
54. COLORADO (6-6)
Offense was too inconsistent, but Buffs headed to postseason in Dan Hawkins' second season. Next: Independence Bowl vs. Alabama, Dec. 30.
55. TCU (7-5)
Horned Frogs weren't as good as expected, but they're going bowling nonetheless. Next: Texas Bowl vs. Houston, Dec. 28.
56. TROY (8-4)
The Trojans blew a chance at the Sun Belt title and New Orleans Bowl bid by losing at home to Florida Atlantic. Next: Season over.
57. LOUISVILLE (6-6)
Cardinals might have been the biggest disappointment in the nation. Next: Season over.
58. ARIZONA (5-7)
The Wildcats opened up the offense at midseason, and it paid off. Next: Season over.
59. EAST CAROLINA (7-5)
Pirates going bowling for second season in a row under Skip Holtz. Next: Hawaii Bowl vs. Boise State, Dec. 23.
60. HOUSTON (8-4)
Solid season overshadowed by coach Art Briles leaving for Baylor. Next: Texas Bowl vs. TCU, Dec. 28.
61. MARYLAND (6-6)
Terps have been inconsistent on both sides of the ball which explains why they're 6-6. Next: Emerald Bowl vs. Oregon State, Dec. 28.
62. SOUTHERN MISS (7-5)
School officials may end up regretting firing coach Jeff Bower, who had had a lot of success. Next: Papajohns.com Bowl vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 22.
63. NAVY (8-4)
Middies now own six-game winning streak over Army, longest streak in the history of the rivalry. Next: Poinsettia Bowl vs. Utah, Dec. 20.
64. MIAMI (5-7)
The Hurricanes lost four in a row and six of seven at the end of a nightmarish season. Next: Season over.
65. NORTHWESTERN (6-6)
If not for a loss to Duke Duke! the Wildcats might be in a bowl. Next: Season over.
66. WASHINGTON STATE (5-7)
The Cougars are looking for new coach, and he'll need a new quarterback next season. Next: Season over.
67. WASHINGTON (4-9)
Huskies have a star in QB Jake Locker., Now they need to get him some help. Next: Season over.
68. CENTRAL MICHIGAN (8-5)
QB Dan LeFevour heads a potent offense for the MAC champs, but the defense has some issues. Next: Motor City Bowl vs. Purdue, Dec. 26.
69. PITT (5-7)
The Panthers missed some opportunities during the season, but the defense was magnificent in a shocking win over WVU. Next: Season over.
70. BALL STATE (7-5)
QB Nate Davis gives the Cardinals a chance against Rutgers in bowl game. Next: International Bowl vs. Rutgers, Jan. 5.
71. BOWLING GREEN (8-4)
The Falcons are in a bowl despite not being able to run or stop the run. Next: GMAC Bowl vs. Tulsa, Jan. 6.
72. VANDERBILT (5-7)
Once again, Commodores have some close ones. And, once again, they fall short of a bowl. Next: Season over.
73. KANSAS STATE (5-7)
Remember that win over Texas? Man, that was a long time ago. Next: Season over.
74. NC STATE (5-7)
Wolfpack played well in second half of season until finale against Maryland. Next: Season over.
75. NEBRASKA (5-7)
Bo Pelini is considered a good defensive mind. That's good, because Huskers' defense needs to be fixed. Next: Season over.
76. NORTH CAROLINA (4-8)
There were some good things to take from coach Butch Davis' first season. Next: Season over.
77. NEVADA (6-6)
Saturday's victory over Louisiana Tech put Wolf Pack in a bowl. Next: New Mexico Bowl vs. New Mexico, Dec. 22.
78. MEMPHIS (7-5)
The Tigers overcame a 2-4 start to get to seven wins and earn a bowl bid. Next: New Orleans Bowl vs. FAU, Dec. 21.
79. STANFORD (4-8)
Victories over USC and Cal in same season? That's called progress. Next: Season over.
80. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (7-5)
Owls pulled upset at Troy to win the Sun Belt crown. Next: New Orleans Bowl vs. Memphis, Dec. 21.
81. IOWA STATE (3-9)
Cyclones showed some signs of life late in the season. Next: Season over.
82. WYOMING (5-7)
Cowboys' 4-1 start disintegrated into an awful finish. Next: Season over.
83. OLE MISS (3-9)
Replacing Ed Orgeron with Houston Nutt definitely is an upgrade. A big upgrade. Next: Season over.
84. NOTRE DAME (3-9)
It's safe to say a lot of luster has come off Charlie Weis. Next: Season over.
85. MIAMI UNIVERSITY (6-7)
The RedHawks won the MAC East, but they need a more consistent offense. Next: Season over.
86. SAN DIEGO STATE (4-8)
Rebuilding process not going as quickly as Chuck Long would've hoped. Next: Season over.
87. LOUISIANA TECH (5-7)
First-year coach Derek Dooley almost got the Bulldogs into a bowl this season. Next: Season over.
88. BUFFALO (5-7)
Second-year coach Turner Gill looks to be turning Bulls into legit contender in MAC. Next: Season over.
89. MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (5-7)
Freshman QB Dwight Dasher gives the Blue Raiders a lot of hope for the future. Next: Season over.
90. OHIO U. (6-6)
Bobcats won three of their final four, but have to get better vs. the run. Next: Season over.
91. WESTERN MICHIGAN (5-7)
Broncos' victory at Iowa kept the Hawkeyes out of a bowl. Next: Season over.
92. SAN JOSE STATE (5-7)
Spartans took a step backward this season after going to a bowl last season. Next: Season over.
93. LA.-MONROE (6-6)
Not a bad season for Warhawks, who beat Nick Saban and Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Next: Season over.
94. COLORADO STATE (3-9)
For all Sonny Lubick did for Rams, it's sad his last season was so poor. Next: Season over.
95. TEMPLE (4-8)
Owls look to be making progress under second-year coach Al Golden. Next: Season over.
96. AKRON (4-8)
Zips lost to the two teams in the MAC title game by a combined 10 points, so they're close. Next: Season over.
97. UTEP (4-8)
The defense was rancid. The season ended with a six-game losing streak. Next: Season over.
98. UNLV (2-10)
The program is in a tailspin. How soon can it come out of it? Next: Season over.
99. TOLEDO (5-7)
Offense was productive and moved the ball. The defense, though, couldn't stop anybody. Next: Season over.
100. KENT STATE (3-9)
Golden Flashes were in trouble when starting QB Julian Edelman was lost for season. Next: Season over.
101. DUKE (1-11)
Hey, just let Mike Krzyzewski coach football, too, and save some money that way. Next: Season over.
102. MINNESOTA (1-11)
Offense wasn't the problem. The defense was embarrassingly bad. Next: Season over.
103. SYRACUSE (2-10)
Greg Robinson and his staff need to find some playmakers on both sides of the ball. Next: Season over.
104. ARKANSAS STATE (5-7)
The Indians have some talented young players and should be contenders in Sun Belt next season. Next: Season over.
105. BAYLOR (3-9)
New coach Art Briles has his work cut out for him in making the Bears relevant again. Next: Season over.
106. TULANE (4-8)
TB Matt Forte had a monster season. Too bad for the Green Wave he's a senior. Next: Season over.
107. MARSHALL (3-9)
Thundering Herd should not be this bad, and coach Mark Snyder knows it. Next: Season over.
108. EASTERN MICHIGAN (4-8)
The Eagles are a long way from being in the upper tier in the MAC. Next: Season over.
109. WESTERN KENTUCKY (7-5)
Hilltoppers had nice season as transitional I-A member. Next: Season over.
110. RICE (3-9)
Priority one for Owls this offseason is making sure the defense is better next season. Next: Season over.
111. ARMY (3-9)
Compared to other two service academies, Army is way behind. Next: Season over.
112. LA.-LAFAYETTE (3-9)
Coach Rickey Bustle and his staff will be on the hot seat entering next season. Next: Season over.
113. UAB (2-10)
Even for C-USA, Blazers' talent level is lacking. Next: Season over.
114. NEW MEXICO STATE (4-9)
It was sort of sad Friday night watching defensive coordinator Woody Widenhofer walking off the field for the final time. Next: Season over.
115. NORTH TEXAS (2-10)
The Mean Green adapted well to a new offense, but that defense needs a ton of improvement. Next: Season over.
116. UTAH STATE (2-10)
The Aggies can go into the offseason feeling good about their two-game winning streak. Next: Season over.
117. NORTHERN ILLINOIS (2-10)
Huskies' fall from grace in MAC was a swift one. Next: Season over.
118. SMU (1-11)
Because the Mustangs are in C-USA, the new coach may not find it that hard to rebuild quickly. Next: Season over.
119. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (1-11)
At least the Golden Panthers can head into offseason knowing their 23-game losing streak is over. Next: Season over.
120. IDAHO (1-11)
Welcome, Vandals, to the bottom spot in the poll. Idaho's only win was against a I-AA team. Next: Season over.

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




 

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