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November 8, 2011

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

Here are the sixth Rivals.com 1-120 rankings of the season.

There are numerous variables at play, chief among them who a team has beaten and where. But while we have a "what have you done for me lately?" mind-set, we consider the rankings a snapshot of the whole season, not just one week; that's why - at times - teams are ranked below a team they may have beaten.

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:

[ Related: Rivals.com updated bowl projections ]

Mike Huguenin's Rivals 120
1. LSU (9-0)
BUZZ: Who woulda thunk it: Les Miles goes by the book and in doing so outcoaches Nick Saban. Now LSU can focus on what it needs to do to beat Arkansas on Nov. 25. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
2. Oklahoma State (9-0)
BUZZ: The Cowboys' offense is national-title worthy. Their defense? Hey, it's good enough to win a Pop Warner title. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Texas Tech
3. Stanford (9-0)
BUZZ: Deep down, you have to think Stanford's players would be more confident about Saturday's outcome if Jim Harbaugh still were coach. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Oregon
4. Alabama (8-1)
BUZZ: The Tide's defense did its job in the "Game of the Century." But the offense didn't, and the special teams played a big role in the Tide falling. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Mississippi State
5. Boise State (8-0)
BUZZ: The Broncos need a lot of things to happen to have a shot at playing for the national title. Alas, all those things are not going to happen. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. TCU
6. Oregon (8-1)
BUZZ: The Ducks will have a lot of extra fans this week when they travel to "The Farm" this weekend. It would help their cause if QB Darron Thomas reverts to early-October form. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Stanford
7. Oklahoma (8-1)
BUZZ: The fabulous career of stud WR Ryan Broyles came to a sad end Saturday. But at least he leaves with the NCAA career receptions mark. NEXT GAME: Nov. 19 at Baylor
8. Clemson (8-1)
BUZZ: Clemson can clinch the ACC's Atlantic Division race title with a victory over the Demon Deacons, and you have to think the Tigers will be paying attention Thursday night when Coastal challengers Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech go at it. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Wake Forest
9. Virginia Tech (8-1)
BUZZ: The Hokies can bury Georgia Tech in the ACC Coastal Division race with a victory Thursday night. But the Hokies' run defense better be ready. NEXT GAME: Thursday at Georgia Tech
10. Arkansas (8-1)
BUZZ: Arkansas should be 10-1 when it plays at LSU on Nov. 25. And remember that the Hogs have won three of their past four meetings with the Tigers. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Tennessee
11. Penn State (8-1)
BUZZ: Saturday's game is big in terms of the Big Ten race. But the on-field aspect of the program is vastly overshadowed by the nauseating Jerry Sandusky case. Saturday's game is the last home contest of the season for the Nittany Lions, and more than a few observers think it will be the last home game of Joe Paterno's career, too. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Nebraska
12. Michigan State (7-2)
BUZZ: The Spartans still are in control in the Big Ten's Legends Division, and they basically can eliminate Iowa from the mix with a victory Saturday. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Iowa
13. Wisconsin (7-2)
BUZZ: "Paul Bunyan's Axe" is up for grabs Saturday when the Badgers meet the Golden Gophers. (Man, you have to give it up to the Big Ten when it comes to trophy games. Theirs are the best.) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Minnesota
14. South Carolina (7-2)
BUZZ: South Carolina has lost its edge in the SEC East race. The Gamecocks need to beat the Gators and have Georgia lose to either Auburn (possible) or Kentucky (there's more of a chance that Lou Holtz returns to coach the Gamecocks). NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Florida
15. Houston (9-0)
BUZZ: The last time the Cougars played on a Thursday night, Case Keenum threw nine TD passes. What will he do for an encore? NEXT GAME: Thursday at Tulane
16. USC (7-2)
BUZZ: While USC can't officially win the Pac-12 South title, the Trojans can win it unofficially, which makes Saturday's game important. Plus, there's the nice Lane Kiffin-Steve Sarkisian sub-plot, too. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Washington
17. Nebraska (7-2)
BUZZ: Northwestern?!?! Man, that's not a good loss. Still, the Huskers have a legit shot at the Big Ten Legends Division title, assuming they win out. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Penn State
18. Texas (6-2)
BUZZ: The Longhorns close with four tough games, and three of those are on the road, including a matchup with a Mizzou team desperately needing a win in an attempt to become bowl-eligible. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Missouri
19. Kansas State (7-2)
BUZZ: Whew - the Oklahoma/Oklahoma State double is done. Now K-State's secondary can relax, right? Uhh, no. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Texas A&M
20. Georgia Tech (7-2)
BUZZ: If the Yellow Jackets want to win the ACC's Coastal Division, they have to win Thursday night against the league's other Tech. NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. Virginia Tech
21. TCU (7-2)
BUZZ: The Horned Frogs' secondary has been shredded in TCU's two losses. That bodes ill with Kellen Moore ready to take aim and fire. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Boise State
22. Georgia (7-2)
BUZZ: Well, what do you know? Mark Richt could go from sitting on the hot seat to sitting on the SEC East throne. And that would mean a contract extension, right? NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Auburn
23. Michigan (7-2)
BUZZ: The square peg-round hole aspect of Denard Robinson trying to play in more of a West Coast-style attack has come through load and clear in the past three games. In the past three games, he has rushed for a total of 160 yards and thrown for a combined 487. That's a total-offense average of just 215.6 yards per game. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Illinois
24. Arizona State (6-3)
BUZZ: It all looked so easy - beat UCLA and basically wrap up the Pac-12 South title. Alas, losing to the Bruins wasn't in the plans. The Sun Devils' defense needs to 'bow up. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Washington State
25. Ohio State (6-3)
BUZZ: The Buckeyes are finishing up their two-game stretch against the Big Ten's Indiana-based schools (a win over IU last week and a game against Purdue this week). In Big Ten parlance, that's known as "two sure wins." NEXT GAME: Saturday at Purdue

26. Notre Dame (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Maryland in Landover, Md.

27. Southern Miss (8-1) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. UCF

28. Washington (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday at USC

29. Auburn (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Georgia

30. Illinois (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Michigan

31. Iowa (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Michigan State

32. Baylor (5-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Kansas

33. Tulsa (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Marshall

34. Florida State (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Miami

35. Texas A&M (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Kansas State

36. SMU (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Navy

37. Cincinnati (7-1) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. West Virginia

38. West Virginia (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Cincinnati

39. Virginia (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Duke

40. Miami (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Florida State

41. Utah (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. UCLA

42. Wake Forest (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Clemson

43. Florida (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday at South Carolina

44. Texas Tech (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Oklahoma State

45. North Carolina (6-4) NEXT GAME: Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech

46. Missouri (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Texas

47. California (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Oregon State

48. Mississippi State (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Alabama

49. Iowa State (5-4) NEXT GAME: Nov. 18 vs. Oklahoma State

50. UCLA (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Utah

51. BYU (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Idaho

52. San Diego State (5-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Colorado State

53. Air Force (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Wyoming

54. Northern Illinois (6-3) NEXT GAME: Tonight at Bowling Green

55. Rutgers (6-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Army in New York

56. Toledo (5-4) NEXT GAME: Tonight vs. Western Michigan

57. Louisville (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Pittsburgh

58. Temple (5-4) NEXT GAME: Wednesday vs. Miami of Ohio

59. Tennessee (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Arkansas

60. Pittsburgh (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Louisville

61. Nevada (5-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Hawaii

62. Syracuse (5-4) NEXT GAME: Friday vs. USF

63. Ohio U. (6-3) NEXT GAME: Thursday at Central Michigan

64. N.C. State (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Boston College

65. Northwestern (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Rice

66. USF (4-4) NEXT GAME: Friday at Syracuse

67. Vanderbilt (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Kentucky

68. Arizona (2-7) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Colorado

69. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-2) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Arkansas State

70. Hawaii (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Nevada

71. Western Michigan (5-4) NEXT GAME: Tonight at Toledo

72. Marshall (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Tulsa

73. Ball State (6-4) NEXT GAME: Nov. 15 at Northern Illinois

74. Louisiana Tech (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Ole Miss

75. Washington State (3-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Arizona State

76. Oregon State (2-7) NEXT GAME: Saturday at California

77. Arkansas State (7-2) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

78. East Carolina (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday at UTEP

79. Connecticut (4-5) NEXT GAME: Nov. 19 vs. Louisville

80. Kentucky (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Vanderbilt

81. Western Kentucky (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday at LSU

82. Fresno State (3-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday at New Mexico State

83. Utah State (3-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. San Jose State

84. Wyoming (5-3) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Air Force

85. Ole Miss (2-7) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech

86. Purdue (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Ohio State

87. Duke (3-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Virginia

88. Florida International (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Florida Atlantic

89. UCF (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Southern Miss

90. Navy (3-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday at SMU

91. Boston College (2-7) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. North Carolina State

92. Maryland (2-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Notre Dame in Landover, Md.

93. Eastern Michigan (5-4) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Buffalo

94. Miami of Ohio (4-5) NEXT GAME: Wednesday at Temple

95. UTEP (4-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. East Carolina

96. Kansas (2-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Baylor

97. San Jose State (3-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Utah State

98. Bowling Green (4-5) NEXT GAME: Tonight vs. Northern Illinois

99. Rice (3-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Northwestern

100. Minnesota (2-7) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Wisconsin

101. North Texas (3-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Troy

102. Colorado (1-9) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Arizona

103. Army (3-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Rutgers in New York

104. Kent State (3-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Akron

105. Troy (2-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. North Texas

106. New Mexico State (3-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Fresno State

107. Louisiana-Monroe (2-7) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Middle Tennessee

108. Central Michigan (3-7) NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. Ohio U.

109. UNLV (2-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday at New Mexico

110. Colorado State (3-5) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. San Diego State

111. Idaho (2-7) NEXT GAME: Saturday at BYU

112. UAB (1-8) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Memphis

113. Middle Tennessee (2-6) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Louisiana-Monroe

114. Buffalo (2-7) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Eastern Michigan

115. Indiana (1-9) NEXT GAME: Nov. 19 at Michigan State

116. Memphis (2-7) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. UAB

117. Tulane (2-8) NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. Houston

118. Akron (1-8) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Kent State

119. Florida Atlantic (0-8) NEXT GAME: Saturday at Florida International

120. New Mexico (0-9) NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. UNLV

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



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