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October 25, 2011

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

Here are the fourth 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.

[Power rankings: Smarts, not luck, lift Luck ]

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 (8-0)
BUZZ: LSU dusted off Auburn quote easily. Now they get a week off to rest of for Armageddon, i.e., a trip to Tuscaloosa. NEXT GAME: Nov. 5 at Alabama
2. Alabama (8-0)
BUZZ: The Tide looked ordinary for one half last week against Tennessee. They turned it on the second half and made the Vols look even worse than they are. NEXT GAME: Nov. 5 vs. LSU
3. Oklahoma State (7-0)
BUZZ: "Little brother" saw what happened to the Sooners at home last week. The Cowboys play their next two at home and hope the same fate doesn't await them. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Baylor
4. Stanford (7-0)
BUZZ: Andrew Luck puts up pedestrian numbers -- and the Cardinal still wins by 44, thanks to a rushing attack that will make Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt wake up with night sweats six months from now. NEXT GAME: Saturday at USC
5. Clemson (8-0)
BUZZ: The Tigers' offense is clicking now and goes against a mediocre defense. The question is how the Tigers' defense stands up to a triple-option attack. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Georgia Tech

[Yahoo! Sports Radio: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney]
6. Boise State (7-0)
BUZZ: The Broncos have a week to prepare for a trip to Vegas. Chances are, the coaches are far more worried about off-field shenanigans than anything that will happen on the field against one of the nation's worst teams. NEXT GAME: Nov. 5 at UNLV
7. Oregon (6-1)
BUZZ: This week's game is a mere speed bump and serves as a prelude to two intriguing road games -- Nov. 5 at Washington and, especially, Nov. 12 at Stanford. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Washington State
8. Kansas State (7-0)
BUZZ: K-State won at Texas Tech, which won at Oklahoma. So, with the Sooners headed to Manhattan, no problem for K-State, right? Right? NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Oklahoma
9. Arkansas (6-1)
BUZZ: The Hogs didn't play all that well and still won at Ole Miss last week. Chances are, they can mess around again this week and still win in Nashville. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Vanderbilt
10. Oklahoma (6-1)
BUZZ: OU has moved from front and center in the national title picture to a spot on the periphery. To stay on the periphery, they need to hand K-State its first loss this weekend. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Kansas State
11. Virginia Tech (7-1)
BUZZ: Boston College last week and Duke this week? Man, Frank Beamer should send a few gifts to the ACC schedule-maker. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Duke
12. Michigan State (6-1)
BUZZ: Michigan State's defense didn't have a good day against Wisconsin. But a last-play Hail Mary erased that memory. Now the Spartans face a tough road test as they aim for their first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Nebraska

[Wetzel: Michigan State's Hail Mary grab stops Wisconsin cold]
13. Wisconsin (6-1)
BUZZ: As with Oklahoma, Wisconsin faces a must-win scenario to stay on the periphery of the national title picture. Saturday is Ohio State's homecoming. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Ohio State
14. South Carolina (6-1)
BUZZ: The Gamecocks begin life without star TB Marcus Lattimore. Good news for South Carolina is that Tennessee is starting a true freshman who hasn't thrown a college pass at quarterback. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Tennessee
15. Nebraska (6-1)
BUZZ: The Huskers already have one Big Ten loss, and if they want to stay in the Legends Division race, they have to beat division front-runner Michigan State on Saturday. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Michigan State
16. USC (6-1)
BUZZ: The Trojans ended Notre Dame's BCS hopes with a 14-point win in South Bend. This week, the Trojans will try to end Stanford's national title hopes. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Stanford
17. Penn State (7-1)
BUZZ: The Nittany Lions quietly have put together a 7-1 record, with the only loss coming to Alabama. The offense looked good last week in a win at Northwestern. Is that because Northwestern's defense is horrible or because the offense finally is clicking? NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Illinois
18. Michigan (6-1)
BUZZ: It's homecoming in the Big House, but Purdue won in its most recent trip to Ann Arbor. The schedule toughens considerably for Michigan after this one. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Purdue
19. Arizona State (5-2)
BUZZ: The Sun Devils were off last week and have Colorado this week and UCLA next week. Just call this stretch an in-season extended vacation. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Colorado

[BCS analysis: Upsets shake up Top 10]
20. Texas A&M (5-2)
BUZZ: This is a key Big 12 game for the Aggies. Soon, it could be a key SEC West game for both. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Missouri
21. Texas (5-2)
BUZZ: This is the last easy game for the Longhorns this season. KU hasn't beaten Texas since 1938. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Kansas
22. Houston (7-0)
BUZZ: An unbeaten season likely would garner the Cougars a BCS bid. They will be looking for revenge Thursday, as they lost to their in-town rival last season. NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. Rice
23. Texas Tech (5-2)
BUZZ: There were a few tense moments in the fourth quarter, but Tech held on for a huge upset last week at Oklahoma. This week, the Red Raiders need to avoid the hangover affect when Iowa State comes calling. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Iowa State
24. Baylor (4-2)
BUZZ: Baylor will have a larger-than-normal cheering section Saturday, though not all those people will be in the stands in Stillwater. You can be sure that folks in Clemson, S.C., and Palo Alto, Calif., will be especially interested in the outcome. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Oklahoma State
25. West Virginia (5-2)
BUZZ: You'd think a team that throws the ball as often as WVU wouldn't be so flustered when an opposing defense decides to come after the quarterback. But that's what happened in last week's loss at Syracuse. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Rutgers

26. TCU (5-2)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. BYU in Arlington, Texas

27. Washington (5-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Arizona

28. Miami (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. Virginia

29. Georgia (5-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Florida in Jacksonville

30. Illinois (6-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Penn State

31. Georgia Tech (6-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Clemson

32. Auburn (5-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Ole Miss

33. Notre Dame (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Navy

34. Southern Miss (6-1)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at UTEP

35. Ohio State (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Wisconsin

36. SMU (5-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Tulsa

37. Iowa (5-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Minnesota

38. North Carolina (5-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Wake Forest

39. Wake Forest (5-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at North Carolina

[Megargee: College football's Week 8 winners and losers]

40. Florida State (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. North Carolina State

41. Florida (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Georgia in Jacksonville

42. California (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at UCLA

43. Missouri (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Texas A&M

44. San Diego State (4-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Wyoming

45. Toledo (5-3)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 1 vs. Northern Illinois

46. Cincinnati (6-1)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 5 at Pittsburgh

47. Tulsa (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. SMU

48. BYU (6-2)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs., TCU in Arlington, Texas

49. Mississippi State (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Kentucky

50. Syracuse (5-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Louisville

51. Rutgers (5-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. West Virginia

52. Temple (5-3)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 2 at Ohio U.

53. Utah (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Oregon State

54. Tennessee (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. South Carolina

55. Pittsburgh (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Wednesday vs. Connecticut

56. Air Force (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at New Mexico

57. Northern Illinois (5-3)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 1 at Toledo

58. USF (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 5 at Rutgers

59. Iowa State (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Texas Tech

60. Hawaii (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Idaho

61. Nevada (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at New Mexico State

62. Virginia (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Thursday at Miami

63. N.C. State (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Florida State

64. Arizona (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Washington

65. Louisiana-Lafayette (6-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Middle Tennessee

66. Vanderbilt (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Arkansas

67. Ohio U. (5-3)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 2 vs. Temple

68. Maryland (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Boston College

69. Northwestern (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Indiana

70. UCLA (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. California

71. Louisville (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Syracuse

72. Ole Miss (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Auburn

73. Ball State (5-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Western Michigan

74. Western Michigan (4-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Ball State

75. East Carolina (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Tulane

76. Marshall (3-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. UAB

77. Oregon State (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Utah

78. Washington State (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Oregon

79. Fresno State (3-5)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 5 vs. Louisiana Tech

[Rivals.com experts: What we learned during Week 8]

80. Purdue (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Michigan

81. Connecticut (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Wednesday at Pittsburgh

82. Duke (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech

83. Florida International (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Tonight vs. Troy

84. UCF (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Memphis

85. Kentucky (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Mississippi State

86. Louisiana Tech (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. San Jose State

87. Arkansas State (5-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. North Texas

88. Navy (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Notre Dame

89. San Jose State (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Louisiana Tech

90. Bowling Green (4-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Kent State

91. UTEP (4-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Southern Miss

92. Kansas (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Kansas

93. Eastern Michigan (5-3)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 5 vs. Ball State

94. Wyoming (4-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at San Diego State

95. Utah State (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 5 at Hawaii

96. Colorado (1-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Arizona State

97. Western Kentucky (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Louisiana-Monroe

98. Troy (2-4)
NEXT GAME: Tuesday at FIU

99. North Texas (3-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Arkansas State

100. Boston College (1-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Maryland

101. Louisiana-Monroe (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Western Kentucky

102. Army (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Fordham

103. Rice (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Thursday at Houston

104. New Mexico State (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Nevada

105. UAB (1-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Marshall

106. Colorado State (3-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at UNLV

107. Miami of Ohio (2-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Buffalo

108. Middle Tennessee (2-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

109. Central Michigan (2-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Akron

110. Minnesota (1-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Iowa

111. Buffalo (2-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Miami of Ohio

112. Indiana (1-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Northwestern

113. Memphis (2-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at UCF

114. Tulane (2-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at East Carolina

115. UNLV (1-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Colorado State

116. Kent State (1-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Bowling Green

117. Idaho (1-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Hawaii

118. Florida Atlantic (0-7)
NEXT GAME: Nov. 5 vs. Arkansas State

119. Akron (1-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Central Michigan

120. New Mexico (0-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Air Force

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

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