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November 29, 2011

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

Here are the latest Rivals.com 1-120 rankings.

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?" mindset, 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:

Mike Huguenin's Rivals 120
1. LSU (12-0)
BUZZ: The Tigers' 41-14 thrashing of Arkansas (you've heard of "calling the Hogs," so I guess this was "the culling of the Hogs") was their 11th win by at least 13 points this season and their ninth by at least 26. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Georgia in Atlanta in SEC title game
2. Alabama (11-1)
BUZZ: The Tide slapped down their in-state archrival and now get to kick back and relax while others scramble to get into the BCS. Actually, though, Nick Saban and his staff won't be relaxing at all. NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA
3. Stanford (11-1)
BUZZ: Stanford seems a lock to make a second consecutive BCS appearance. The reason the Cardinal is a lock? Luck. NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA
4. Oklahoma State (10-1)
BUZZ: There indeed will be bedlam in Stillwater on Saturday if the Cowboys beat their hated in-state rival and nab their first BCS bid. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Oklahoma
5. USC (10-2)
BUZZ: Lane Kiffin always seems to act smug and have a smirk on his face. Now, though, he should act smug and have a smirk on his face: His team is the hottest in the Pac-12. NEXT GAME: Season over
6. Virginia Tech (11-1)
BUZZ: The Hokies were kicked to the curb by many after they lost to Clemson on Oct. 1. But they've rebounded to win seven in a row and - lo and behold - they get another shot at Clemson on Saturday. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Clemson in Charlotte in ACC title game
7. Oregon (10-2)
BUZZ: If the Ducks show up and truly play Friday, they will put an epic beatdown on the Bruins. NEXT GAME: Friday vs. UCLA in Pac-12 title game
8. Oklahoma (9-2)
BUZZ: This season has been a disappointment for the Sooners. But they can put a salve on some of their wounds - and hurt their in-state rival in the process - with a victory Saturday. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Oklahoma State
9. Wisconsin (10-2)
BUZZ: As with Virginia Tech, the Badgers are getting a do-over in their league title game. A second consecutive Rose Bowl berth is on the line for the Badgers. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Michigan State in Indianapolis in Big Ten title game
10. Arkansas (10-2)
BUZZ: Arkansas clearly is the third-best team in the SEC West. But that translates to being a top-10 team nationally. NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA
11. Michigan State (10-2)
BUZZ: Michigan State looks to beat Wisconsin for the second time this season. The reward for another win would be the Spartans' first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Wisconsin in Indianapolis in Big Ten title game
12. Houston (12-0)
BUZZ: Nope, no pressure on the Cougars. Win and they go to the BCS, likely the Sugar Bowl. Lose and it's well, how does a trip to the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas sound? NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Southern Miss in Conference USA title game
13. South Carolina (10-2)
BUZZ: The Gamecocks drilled their archrival to reach the 10-victory plateau for just the second time in school history. NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA
14. Boise State (10-1)
BUZZ: The Broncos have scored at least 30 points in every game this season and have reached the 40-point plateau six times. Expect at least a 40-point outing this week. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. New Mexico
15. Georgia (10-2)
BUZZ: The 'Dogs have been bullies of late, winning 10 in a row. But they get the real big dog on Saturday. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. LSU in Atlanta in SEC title game
16. Michigan (10-2)
BUZZ: All is right in the world for Wolverines fans - they're finally celebrating another win over the hated Buckeyes and hoping for a BCS bid. NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA
17. Kansas State (9-2)
BUZZ: Of the Wildcats' nine wins, seven have come by seven or fewer points. They don't care, though; they know that one more win likely means a Cotton Bowl bid. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Iowa State
18. TCU (9-2)
BUZZ: TCU finishes up the season with Mountain West bottom-feeder UNLV. In the Big 12, where the Horned Frogs will reside next season, that's like finishing the season with Kansas. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. UNLV
19. Baylor (8-3)
BUZZ: This is the last chance for Baylor QB Robert Griffin to impress the Heisman voters. It also is a chance for Baylor to win back-to-back games over Texas for the first time since 1990-91. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Texas
20. Clemson (9-3)
BUZZ: Remember about a month ago, when some people were touting Clemson as a national title contender? Come on - it's Clemson. This is the 20th consecutive season the Tigers have lost at least three games. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech in Charlotte in ACC title game
21. Nebraska (9-3)
BUZZ: Speaking of three-loss seasons, this is the ninth year in a row the Huskers have lost at least three games. NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA
22. Penn State (9-3)
BUZZ: The Nittany Lions' defense finally wore out, getting gouged by Wisconsin. Hey, when you carry a team on your back, as the defense had been doing, you get tired. NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA
23. West Virginia (8-3)
BUZZ: WVU still has a good shot at earning the Big East's automatic BCS bid. The Mountaineers must win this, then have Cincinnati win over UConn to get the bid. NEXT GAME: Thursday at USF
24. Texas (7-4)
BUZZ: Texas is 4-4 in Big 12 play; the Longhorns were 2-6 in league action last season and - get this - they haven't had back-to-back losing records in conference play since 1937 and '38. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Baylor
25. Southern Miss (10-2)
BUZZ: This is just the third 10-win season in school history; the Golden Eagles never have had an 11-victory season. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Houston in Conference USA title game

26. Notre Dame (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

27. Virginia (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

28. Florida State (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

29. Georgia Tech (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

30. Tulsa (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

31. Utah (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

32. BYU (8-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Hawaii

33. Missouri (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

34. California (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

35. Washington (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

36. Cincinnati (8-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Connecticut

37. Auburn (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

38. Iowa (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

39. Texas A&M (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

40. Iowa State (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Kansas State

41. Miami (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Season over

42. Ohio State (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

43. North Carolina (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

44. Northern Illinois (9-3)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Ohio in Detroit in MAC title game

45. Illinois (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

46. Arizona State (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

47. Wake Forest (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

48. Florida (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

49. SMU (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

50. Toledo (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Possible bowl game TBA

51. Louisville (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

52. Rutgers (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

53. San Diego State (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Fresno State

54. Mississippi State (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

55. Pittsburgh (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Syracuse

56. N.C. State (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

57. Ohio (9-3)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Northern Illinois in Detroit in MAC title game

58. Temple (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Possible bowl game TBA

59. Vanderbilt (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

60. Northwestern (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

61. Wyoming (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Colorado State

62. Louisiana Tech (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Season over

63. Arkansas State (9-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Troy

64. UCLA (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Oregon in Pac-12 championship game

65. Texas Tech (5-7)
NEXT GAME: Season over

66. USF (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. West Virginia

67. Purdue (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

68. Air Force (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

69. Tennessee (5-7)
NEXT GAME: Season over

70. Washington State (4-8)
NEXT GAME: Season over

71. Arizona (4-8)
NEXT GAME: Season over

72. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl vs. TBA

73. Connecticut (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Cincinnati

74. Syracuse (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Pittsburgh

75. Western Michigan (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Possible bowl game TBA

76. Marshall (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Bowl game TBA

77. Utah State (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at New Mexico State

78. Nevada (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Idaho

79. Kentucky (5-7)
NEXT GAME: Season over

80. Western Kentucky (7-5)
NEXT GAME: Possible bowl game TBA

81. Florida International (8-4)
NEXT GAME: Possible bowl game TBA

82. Boston College (4-8)
NEXT GAME: Season over

83. UCF (5-7)
NEXT GAME: Season over

84. Hawaii (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. BYU

85. Navy (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Dec. 10 vs. Army in Landover, Md.

86. Ball State (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Possible bowl game TBA

87. Oregon State (3-9)
NEXT GAME: Season over

88. East Carolina (5-7)
NEXT GAME: Season over

89. San Jose State (5-7)
NEXT GAME: Season over

90. UTEP (5-7)
NEXT GAME: Season over

91. Colorado (3-10)
NEXT GAME: Season over

92. Duke (3-9)
NEXT GAME: Season over

93. Eastern Michigan (6-6)
NEXT GAME: Season over

94. Miami of Ohio (4-8)
NEXT GAME: Season over

95. Kent State (5-7)
NEXT GAME: Season over

96. Minnesota (3-9)
NEXT GAME: Season over

97. North Texas (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Middle Tennessee

98. Bowling Green (5-7)
NEXT GAME: Season over

99. Fresno State (4-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at San Diego State

100. New Mexico State (4-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Utah State

101. Rice (4-8)
NEXT GAME: Season over

102. Kansas (2-10)
NEXT GAME: Season over

103. Ole Miss (2-10)
NEXT GAME: Season over

104. Maryland (2-10)
NEXT GAME: Season over

105. UAB (3-9)
NEXT GAME: Season over

106. Louisiana-Monroe (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Florida Atlantic

107. Army (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Dec. 10 vs. Navy in Landover, Md.

108. Troy (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Western Kentucky

109. Colorado State (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Wyoming

110. Buffalo (3-9)
NEXT GAME: Season over

111. Idaho (2-9)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Nevada

112. Central Michigan (3-9)
NEXT GAME: Season over

113. Indiana (1-11)
NEXT GAME: Season over

114. UNLV (2-9)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at TCU

115. Middle Tennessee (2-9)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at North Texas

116. Memphis (2-10)
NEXT GAME: Season over

117. New Mexico (1-10)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Boise State

118. Tulane (2-11)
NEXT GAME: Season over

119. Florida Atlantic (1-10)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Louisiana-Monroe

120. Akron (1-11)
NEXT GAME: Season over

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

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