October 20, 2008

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

At 1:20 p.m. ET each Monday, Rivals.com releases the 120 at 1:20, Mike Huguenin's ranking of every major college football team in the nation.

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com.
He can be heard on Rivals Radio every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. ET and can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.
Here are our third 1-120 rankings of the college football season.

There were no upsets in the top 10, but numerous teams ranked 11th through 20th lost, so the rankings underwent some heavy-duty changes.

How do we come up with the rankings? A few things stand out: We take into account who a team has beaten and where, we generally take a "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately?" attitude and as a tiebreaker it's who we think would win on a neutral field.

Mike Huguenin's 120 at 1:20
1. TEXAS (7-0)
THE BUZZ: Two down (Oklahoma, Missouri), two to go (Oklahoma State, Texas Tech) in a murderous stretch for the Longhorns. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Oklahoma State.
2. ALABAMA (7-0)
THE BUZZ: Tide played one good half, one not-so-good half in beating Ole Miss. NEXT: Saturday, at Tennessee.
3. PENN STATE (8-0)
THE BUZZ: Nittany Lions played one good half, one not-so-good half in beating Michigan. NEXT: Saturday, at Ohio State.
4. OKLAHOMA (6-1)
THE BUZZ: The Sooners' offense is a high-tech marvel. The defense, though, has been a crude pencil sketch the past two weeks. NEXT: Saturday, at Kansas State.
5. FLORIDA (5-1)
THE BUZZ: The Gators had a week off to bask in the afterglow of the rout of LSU. Can the offense again hit on all cylinders? NEXT: Saturday, vs. Kentucky.
6. USC (5-1)
THE BUZZ: Every week, the Trojans need to roll and to pray those ahead of them in the polls lose. NEXT: Saturday, at Arizona.
7. GEORGIA (6-1)
THE BUZZ: Now, things get interesting for the Bulldogs LSU and Florida back-to-back. NEXT: Saturday, at LSU.
8. OKLAHOMA STATE (7-0)
THE BUZZ: The Cowboys keep rolling along. Next up they get to try to rope the Longhorns. NEXT: Saturday, at Texas.
9. TEXAS TECH (7-0)
THE BUZZ: The Red Raiders finally play a legit foe this week, albeit one that has a shaky defense. NEXT: Saturday, at Kansas.
10. UTAH (8-0)
THE BUZZ: That stifled laughing you heard Thursday? That was the Utes watching BYU get hammered by TCU. NEXT: Nov. 1, at New Mexico.
11. OHIO STATE (7-1)
THE BUZZ: If the Buckeyes want to win the Big Ten, they have to beat the Nittany Lions. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Penn State.
12. LSU (5-1)
THE BUZZ: The defending national champs could be out of the SEC hunt if they fall to the Bulldogs. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Georgia.
13. TCU (7-1)
THE BUZZ: The Horned Frogs' defense treated BYU like a grade-school team. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Wyoming.
14. GEORGIA TECH (6-1)
THE BUZZ: Are the Jackets really this good? Probably not. But who should be ranked here? NEXT: Saturday, vs. Virginia.
15. PITTSBURGH (5-1)
THE BUZZ: The Panthers avoided a post-USF letdown by jumping on Navy early and not letting up. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Rutgers.
16. USF (6-1)
THE BUZZ: This weekend's trip will be the first tough road game for the Bulls. NEXT: Saturday, at Louisville.
17. BOISE STATE (6-0)
THE BUZZ: The Broncos are in a good spot to earn a second BCS bid in three seasons. NEXT: Friday, at San Jose State.
18. BYU (6-1)
THE BUZZ: The Cougars were physically overmatched in Thursday's loss to TCU. NEXT: Saturday, vs. UNLV.
19. MISSOURI (5-2)
THE BUZZ: The Tigers are done with that big, bad Big 12 South for a while. Now, it's back to the weak sisters of the Big 12 North. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Colorado.
20. TULSA (7-0)
THE BUZZ: Forty-nine points in one half. Seventy-seven points in a game. Who says football is difficult? NEXT: Sunday, vs. UCF.
21. KANSAS (5-2)
THE BUZZ: The offense has produced in every game. It's time for the defense to step to the fore. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Texas Tech.
22. BOSTON COLLEGE (5-1)
THE BUZZ: Chris Crane, Matt Ryan what's the difference? NEXT: Saturday, at North Carolina.
23. FLORIDA STATE (5-1)
THE BUZZ: Will the Seminoles be able to run on the Hokies? If they can, they will win. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Virginia Tech.
24. BALL STATE (7-0)
THE BUZZ: The Cardinals' closest victory this season has come by 12 points, and there have been four by at least 21. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Eastern Michigan.
25. MICHIGAN STATE (6-2)
THE BUZZ: OK, so the Spartans weren't ready to take the next step. NEXT: Saturday, at Michigan.
26. CALIFORNIA (4-2)
THE BUZZ: Coach Jeff Tedford once again yanked QB Nate Longshore in favor of Kevin Riley. NEXT: Saturday, vs. UCLA.
27. VIRGINIA TECH (5-2)
THE BUZZ: You'd think Frank Beamer and his offensive coaches would know that it's legal to actually throw the ball down the field. NEXT: Saturday, at Florida State.
28. NORTH CAROLINA (5-2)
THE BUZZ: UNC's defense dominated for all but about two minutes. Alas, those two minutes cost the Heels the game against Virginia. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Boston College.
29. CINCINNATI (5-1)
THE BUZZ: This will be the first in a big three-game stretch for the Bearcats, who get USF and West Virginia after they play UConn. NEXT: Saturday, at Connecticut.
30. OREGON STATE (4-3)
THE BUZZ: You think the Beavers wish they could play Stanford which beat them in the opener one more time? NEXT: Nov. 1, vs. Arizona State.
31. OREGON (5-2)
THE BUZZ: The Ducks can send Arizona State's season even further down the drain with a victory in Tempe. NEXT: Saturday, at Arizona State.
32. NOTRE DAME (4-2)
THE BUZZ: Possible pre-game conversation Saturday. Tyrone Willingham: "Well, I guess your job is safe now." Charlie Weis: "Yeah. And I guess yours isn't." NEXT: Saturday, at Washington.
33. SOUTH CAROLINA (5-3)
THE BUZZ: The Gamecocks lost the game to LSU, but may have found a quarterback (Stephen Garcia) in the process. NEXT: Nov. 1, vs. Tennessee.
34. MARYLAND (5-2)
THE BUZZ: Meet the Terps, the only team that can follow up a 31-point shutout loss to Virginia with a 26-point shutout win over Wake Forest. NEXT: Saturday, vs. North Carolina State.
35. WAKE FOREST (4-2)
THE BUZZ: The Demon Deacons better find a way to run the ball, or this season will spiral out of control. NEXT: Saturday, at Miami.
36. MINNESOTA (6-1)
THE BUZZ: The Golden Gophers still are in the hunt to finish in the top three in the Big Ten. NEXT: Saturday, at Purdue.
37. KENTUCKY (5-2)
THE BUZZ: A surprisingly stout defense will get a big test this week. NEXT: Saturday, at Florida.
38. NORTHWESTERN (6-1)
THE BUZZ: The Wildcats bounced back from their first loss by pounding Purdue. NEXT: Saturday, at Indiana.
39. ILLINOIS (4-3)
THE BUZZ: So far in Big Ten play, it's been lose, win, lose, win for the Illini. NEXT: Saturday, at Wisconsin.
40. VANDERBILT (5-2)
THE BUZZ: You ever wonder who the Commodores schedule for homecoming? Meet Duke. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Duke.
41. CENTRAL MICHIGAN (5-2)
THE BUZZ: The Chippewas won a big MAC game over Western Michigan even though star QB Dan LeFevour didn't play. NEXT: Saturday, at Toledo.
42. ARIZONA (5-2)
THE BUZZ: Talk about dreaming big the Wildcats are playing USC for homecoming. NEXT: Saturday, vs. USC.
43. IOWA (5-3)
THE BUZZ: The Hawkeyes won three in a row, then lost three in a row and now have won two in a row. NEXT: Nov. 1, at Illinois.
44. CONNECTICUT (5-2)
THE BUZZ: The Huskies simply have to get better on offense. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Cincinnati.
45. WEST VIRGINIA (4-2)
THE BUZZ: OK, do you watch the game against Auburn or search for a "Scrubs" rerun? NEXT: Thursday, vs. Auburn.
46. AUBURN (4-3)
THE BUZZ: Loser of Thursday's game becomes the nation's No. 2 disappointment, behind only Clemson. NEXT: Thursday, at West Virginia.
47. LOUISVILLE (4-2)
THE BUZZ: The Cardinals can get in the hunt for the Big East title if they can beat the Bulls. NEXT: Saturday, vs. USF.
48. OLE MISS (3-4)
THE BUZZ: The Rebels put a scare into the Crimson Tide. This week, their new coach goes against his old team. NEXT: Saturday, at Arkansas.
49. NEBRASKA (4-3)
THE BUZZ: Playing Iowa State was a good way to end a three-game losing streak. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Baylor.
50. PURDUE (2-5)
THE BUZZ: Any hope for a bowl in Joe Tiller's final season likely depends on winning this week. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Minnesota.
51. CLEMSON (3-4)
THE BUZZ: The Dabo Swinney era began the same way the Tommy Bowden era ended with an excruciating loss. NEXT: Nov. 1, at Boston College.
52. STANFORD (4-4)
THE BUZZ: UCLA's last-minute TD may end up costing Stanford a bowl bid. NEXT: Nov. 1, vs. Washington State.
53. WISCONSIN (3-4)
THE BUZZ: The Badgers are in a free-fall and it might not end for a while. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Illinois.
54. HOUSTON (4-3)
THE BUZZ: The Cougars didn't look all that good in getting past SMU. NEXT: Oct. 28, at Marshall.
55. ARKANSAS (3-4)
THE BUZZ: Three of the Hogs' four losses have come to teams in the top 10 (Alabama, Florida and Texas). NEXT: Saturday, vs. Ole Miss.
56. ARIZONA STATE (2-4)
THE BUZZ: Believe it or not, the Sun Devils started the season in the top 25. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Oregon.
57. MIAMI (4-3)
THE BUZZ: There could be a quarterback controversy brewing for the Hurricanes. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Wake Forest.
58. WESTERN MICHIGAN (6-2)
THE BUZZ: Despite the loss to Central Michigan, Western still is in good shape to get to at least eight victories. NEXT: Nov. 1, vs. Eastern Michigan.
59. VIRGINIA (4-3)
THE BUZZ: The Cavs continue their rise from the bottom of the ACC morass. Their run defense gets a big test this week. NEXT: Saturday, at Georgia Tech.
60. FRESNO STATE (4-2)
THE BUZZ: The Bulldogs still have a shot at the WAC title. NEXT: Saturday, at Utah State.
61. NAVY (4-3)
THE BUZZ: The Middies' defense got trampled by Pitt. NEXT: Saturday, vs. SMU.
62. AIR FORCE (5-2)
THE BUZZ: This week's game is a big one if the Falcons want to finish in the top half of the Mountain West. NEXT: Thursday, vs. New Mexico.
63. COLORADO (4-3)
THE BUZZ: How much is the Buffs' offense struggling? Colorado scored just 14 points against Kansas State. NEXT: Saturday, at Missouri.
64. EAST CAROLINA (4-3)
THE BUZZ: The Pirates finally got back on track after a three-game losing streak. NEXT: Nov. 2, at UCF.
65. MICHIGAN (2-5)
THE BUZZ: For one half, the Wolverines outplayed Penn State. Too bad the game lasted two halves. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Michigan State.
66. UCLA (3-4)
THE BUZZ: The Bruins came up with a gutty fourth-quarter drive to edge Stanford. NEXT: Saturday, at California.
67. TENNESSEE (3-4)
THE BUZZ: There are a lot of old-time Vols alums who want to beat Alabama more than anybody else. That means there will be a lot of old-time Vols alums who are going to be unhappy Saturday. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Alabama.
68. NEW MEXICO (4-4)
THE BUZZ: Overheard in the locker room after the Lobos beat San Diego State 70-7 last week: "Hey, coach, anything we can do to play them against next week?" NEXT: Thursday, at Air Force.
69. BAYLOR (3-4)
THE BUZZ: QB Robert Griffin could have some success against the Huskers' iffy defense. NEXT: Saturday, at Nebraska.
70. BUFFALO (3-4)
THE BUZZ: The Bulls have five games left and each is against a team from Ohio. NEXT: Oct. 28, at Ohio.
71. DUKE (3-3)
THE BUZZ: Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe used to beat up on Vandy when he was an assistant at Tennessee. NEXT: Saturday, at Vanderbilt.
72. COLORADO STATE (3-4)
THE BUZZ: Will the Rams get a team that has given up or a team embarrassed by giving up 70 points? NEXT: Saturday, at San Diego State.
73. N.C. STATE (2-5)
THE BUZZ: The Wolfpack have lost three in a row. NEXT: Saturday, at Maryland.
74. MISSISSIPPI STATE (2-5)
THE BUZZ: The Bulldogs' offense can't get out of its own way. The defense actually has been OK. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Middle Tennessee.
75. UNLV (3-4)
THE BUZZ: After the Rebels play at BYU, they play their next three at home. NEXT: Saturday, at BYU.
76. RICE (4-3)
THE BUZZ: Owls QB Chase Clement is ninth in the nation with 2,192 passing yards. NEXT: Saturday, at Tulane.
77. SAN JOSE STATE (5-2)
THE BUZZ: The Spartans' defense is a good one and will make Boise QB Kellen Moore work for his points. NEXT: Friday, vs. Boise State.
78. TROY (4-2)
THE BUZZ: The Trojans' next two Sun Belt games are against league bottom-feeders North Texas and Louisiana-Monroe. NEXT: Saturday, at North Texas.
79. NEVADA (4-3)
THE BUZZ: The Wolf Pack play on the road against Hawaii and Fresno State in their next two games. NEXT: Saturday, at Hawaii.
80. TEMPLE (2-5)
THE BUZZ: If everything breaks right, the Owls have a chance to finish 6-6 or even 7-5. NEXT: Tuesday, vs. Ohio.
81. BOWLING GREEN (3-4)
THE BUZZ: For a team that won at Pitt in the opener, the Falcons have been mighty spotty since. NEXT: Saturday, at Northern Illinois.
82. WASHINGTON (0-6)
THE BUZZ: It seems it's only a matter of time before Ty Willingham is put out of his misery in Seattle. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Notre Dame.
83. KANSAS STATE (4-3)
THE BUZZ: K-State's defense has had some issues, which isn't good with OU next. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Oklahoma.
84. IOWA STATE (2-5)
THE BUZZ: The Cyclones have lost by a combined 56 points the past two weeks to Baylor and Nebraska. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Texas A&M.
85. MARSHALL (3-4)
THE BUZZ: The Herd had been the only team unbeaten in the C-USA East until they lost to UAB, which had been 0-3 in the league. NEXT: Oct. 28, vs. Houston.
86. MEMPHIS (3-5)
THE BUZZ: Three of the Tigers' final four games are at home, starting this week with disappointing Southern Miss. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Southern Miss.
87. TEXAS A&M (2-5)
THE BUZZ: If the Aggies lose Saturday, they pretty much wrap up the title of "worst team in the Big 12." NEXT: Saturday, at Iowa State.
88. UTEP (3-4)
THE BUZZ: The Miners gave up 77 points to Tulsa last week, so if you want to have some fun, walk up to a Miners defensive back and shout, "Incoming!" NEXT: Nov. 1, vs. Rice.
89. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (4-3)
THE BUZZ: The Ragin' Cajuns are tied for first in the Sun Belt with Troy. NEXT: Nov. 1, vs. Florida International.
90. RUTGERS (2-5)
THE BUZZ: The defense led the way in a victory over UConn. NEXT: Saturday, at Pitt.
91. NORTHERN ILLINOIS (4-3)
THE BUZZ: Jerry Kill has done a nice job in his first season as coach with the Huskies. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Bowling Green.
92. HAWAII (3-4)
THE BUZZ: This week's game is big for both teams if they want to become bowl-eligible this season. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Nevada.
93. AKRON (4-4)
THE BUZZ: The Zips have a legit shot at winning the MAC East Division. NEXT: Nov. 5, vs. Toledo.
94. INDIANA (2-5)
THE BUZZ: Hey, do you remember that the Hoosiers went to a bowl last season? NEXT: Saturday, vs. Northwestern.
95. ARKANSAS STATE (4-3)
THE BUZZ: The Red Wolves go on the road for four of their final five regular-season games. NEXT: Nov. 1, at Alabama.
96. NEW MEXICO STATE (3-3)
THE BUZZ: The Aggies face a must-win game Saturday if they're to stay in the hunt for one of the WAC's three bowl bids. NEXT: Saturday, at Idaho.
97. LOUISIANA TECH (3-3)
THE BUZZ: The Bulldogs' OK run defense will get a big test Saturday. NEXT: Saturday, at Army.
98. TULANE (2-4)
THE BUZZ: The Green Wave's pass defense is the best in C-USA, which gives them a shot against pass-happy Rice. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Rice.
99. MIAMI (OHIO) (2-5)
THE BUZZ: Despite the bad overall record, the RedHawks have a shot in the MAC East. But they need to win Saturday. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Kent State.
100. SOUTHERN MISS (2-5)
THE BUZZ: The Golden Eagles look as if they have forgotten how to play defense. NEXT: Saturday, at Memphis.
101. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (3-4)
THE BUZZ: True freshman WR T.Y. Hilton is an explosive playmaker for the Golden Panthers. NEXT: Nov. 1, at Louisiana-Lafayette.
102. TOLEDO (2-5)
THE BUZZ: Both of Toledo's wins this season have come over teams from the same state Eastern Michigan and Michigan. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Central Michigan.
103. SYRACUSE (1-6)
THE BUZZ: The Orange got routed by USF last week. At least they got a free trip to Tampa out of the deal. NEXT: Nov. 1, vs. Louisville.
104. UAB (2-6)
THE BUZZ: Joe Webb is the No. 2 rusher among the nation's quarterbacks at 90.4 yards per game. NEXT: Nov. 1, at Southern Miss.
105. WYOMING (2-5)
THE BUZZ: Wyoming is horrible on offense. TCU is excellent on defense. What that means, of course, is another loss for Wyoming. NEXT: Saturday, at TCU.
106. UCF (2-4)
THE BUZZ: UCF starts four seniors in its secondary, and those guys are going to get tested by a high-flying Tulsa passing attack. NEXT: Sunday, at Tulsa.
107. ARMY (2-5)
THE BUZZ: Fullback Colin Mooney has rushed for a total of 588 yards in his past three games. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Louisiana Tech.
108. MIDDLE TENNESSEE (2-5)
THE BUZZ: The Blue Raiders already have beaten one "Big Six" team (Maryland). Can they do it again? NEXT: Saturday, at Mississippi State.
109. OHIO (2-5)
THE BUZZ: If it's a Tuesday night game, it must be a MAC contest. NEXT: Tuesday, at Temple.
110. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (2-5)
THE BUZZ: Saturday's game will be the last in a six-game stretch that saw the Owls play away from home five times. NEXT: Saturday, at Louisiana-Monroe.
111. SAN DIEGO STATE (1-6)
THE BUZZ: The Aztecs trailed 49-0 at halftime en route to losing 70-7 to New Mexico. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Colorado State.
112. WASHINGTON STATE (1-7)
THE BUZZ: The Cougars have allowed more than 60 points four times this season. Man NEXT: Nov. 1, at Stanford.
113. UTAH STATE (1-6)
THE BUZZ: Fresno has a good ground game, and Utah State struggles stopping the run. NEXT GAME: Saturday, vs. Fresno State.
114. SMU (1-7)
THE BUZZ: SMU loves to throw; Navy loves to run. NEXT: Saturday, at Navy.
115. LOUISIANA-MONROE (2-5)
THE BUZZ: Saturday's game will be the second in a three-game homestand for the Warhawks. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Florida Atlantic.
116. EASTERN MICHIGAN (2-6)
THE BUZZ: A shaky defense likely faces a long day against the undefeated Cardinals. NEXT: Saturday, at Ball State.
117. KENT STATE (1-6)
THE BUZZ: The offense actually has been OK. The defense, on the other hand, hasn't. NEXT: Saturday, at Miami (Ohio).
118. WESTERN KENTUCKY (2-6)
THE BUZZ: The Hilltoppers take a four-game losing streak into their bye week. NEXT: Nov. 1, vs. North Texas.
119. IDAHO (1-7)
THE BUZZ: The Vandals play their next three at home. NEXT: Saturday, vs. New Mexico State.
120. NORTH TEXAS (0-7)
THE BUZZ: An 0-12 season is beckoning for the Mean Green. NEXT: Saturday, vs. Troy.

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




 

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