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November 22, 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 (11-0)
BUZZ: The defense has been dominant, but you can be sure the Tigers know that Arkansas has beaten them in three of the past four seasons behind its passing attack. NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Arkansas
2. Alabama (10-1)
BUZZ: Last season, Alabama almost ruined Auburn's hopes of playing for the national title. Can the Tigers spoil the Tide's hopes this season? NEXT GAME: Saturday at Auburn
3. Arkansas (10-1)
BUZZ: Arkansas fell way short when it played top-ranked Alabama in September. Now the Hogs get a shot at top-ranked LSU. NEXT GAME: Friday at LSU
4. Stanford (10-1)
BUZZ: As long as the Cardinal beat the Irish on Saturday, it almost certainly will be in a BCS game. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Notre Dame
5. Virginia Tech (10-1)
BUZZ: Just call the Hokies the "stealth team." Quietly, they have won six in a row and find themselves on the periphery of the national title discussion. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Virginia
6. Oklahoma State (10-1)
BUZZ: A potential dream season ended in the cold of Ames, Iowa. Or did it? Some help this weekend and a victory over the Sooners next weekend could put the Cowboys in the national title game. NEXT GAME: Dec. 3 vs. Oklahoma
7. USC (9-2)
BUZZ: The Trojans have won six of their past seven, and a case can be made that - right now - they are the best team in the Pac-12. They won at Oregon last week, and the only loss since Sept. 24 is a three-overtime setback to Stanford. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. UCLA
8. Oregon (9-2)
BUZZ: The Ducks had trouble getting started on offense against USC. And the defense plain had trouble, period. Still, a Rose Bowl bid beckons. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Oregon State
9. Oklahoma (8-2)
BUZZ: This is the seventh season in a row the Sooners have lost at least two games, and Saturday's loss was the second time this season their secondary got absolutely toasted. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Iowa State
10. Michigan State (9-2)
BUZZ: The Spartans have locked up the Big Ten Legends Division title, but they sure don't want to go into the Big Ten title game off a loss. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Northwestern
11. Wisconsin (9-2)
BUZZ: The Badgers welcome in Penn State with the Big Ten Leaders Division title on the line. A victory means another shot at Michigan State, in the league's championship game. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Penn State
12. Houston (11-0)
BUZZ: The Cougars' schedule was back-loaded. They got past SMU last week but face their toughest test this week. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Tulsa
13. South Carolina (9-2)
BUZZ: The Gamecocks are going for just the second 10-win season in school history when their in-state rivals come calling this weekend. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Clemson
14. Boise State (9-1)
BUZZ: Man, given the results from this past weekend, you have to figure that the Broncos are um kicking themselves for losing to TCU. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Wyoming
15. Clemson (9-2)
BUZZ: Losing to N.C. State is one thing. Getting blown out by N.C. State is another. NEXT GAME: Saturday at South Carolina
16. Penn State (9-2)
BUZZ: The Nittany Lions take the Big Ten Leaders Division title with a victory in Madison. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Wisconsin
17. Kansas State (9-2)
BUZZ: K-State is seeking its first 10-win season since 2003. The Wildcats also have a chance at a BCS at-large bid if Houston loses a game. NEXT GAME: Dec. 3 vs. Iowa State
18. TCU (9-2)
BUZZ: The Horned Frogs are looking good for their fourth consecutive 10-win season and their sixth in seven seasons. NEXT GAME: Dec. 3 vs. UNLV
19. Michigan (9-2)
BUZZ: The Big House should be rocking Saturday. The Wolverines have a chance to play their way into BCS at-large contention and step on their archrival in the process. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Ohio State
20. Georgia (9-2)
BUZZ: The Bulldogs have won nine in a row, and a victory over their in-state rival would mean the seventh 10-win season in coach Mark Richt's 11-year tenure. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Georgia Tech
21. Notre Dame (8-3)
BUZZ: An upset of Stanford keeps alive the hopes for a 10-win season, which would be just the Irish's third since 1993. NEXT GAME: Saturday at Stanford
22. Baylor (7-3)
BUZZ: QB Robert Griffin is the single most exciting player in college football. Without him, the Bears would be 4-6 at best. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Texas Tech in Arlington, Texas
23. Nebraska (8-3)
BUZZ: The Huskers got mashed by Michigan last week. Their hopes for a Jan. 1 bowl rest on beating Iowa. NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Iowa
24. Virginia (8-3)
BUZZ: Coach Mike London has done a remarkable job in turning the Cavs around quickly. Heck, a win Saturday and he has them in the ACC title game for the first time. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
25. Georgia Tech (8-3)
BUZZ: Tech's triple option will test Georgia's rush defense, which is second in the nation. Tech has lost nine of its past 10 to the Bulldogs. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Georgia

26. Tulsa (8-3)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Houston

27. West Virginia (7-3)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Pittsburgh

28. Utah (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Colorado

29. Texas (6-4)
NEXT GAME: Thursday at Texas A&M

30. Southern Miss (9-2)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Memphis

31. Florida State (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Florida

32. Auburn (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Alabama

33. Iowa (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Friday at Nebraska

34. Texas A&M (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. Texas

35. Iowa State (6-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Oklahoma

36. BYU (8-3)
NEXT GAME: Dec. 3 at Hawaii

37. Ohio State (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Michigan

38. Missouri (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Kansas in Kansas City

39. Miami (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Boston College

40. Wake Forest (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Vanderbilt

41. California (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Friday at Arizona State

42. Washington (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Washington State

43. Arizona State (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. California

44. Illinois (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Minnesota

45. Cincinnati (7-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Syracuse

46. North Carolina (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Duke

47. Florida (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Florida State

48. Northern Illinois (8-3)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Eastern Michigan

49. Rutgers (8-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Connecticut

50. SMU (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Rice

51. Toledo (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Friday at Ball State

52. UCLA (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at USC

53. San Diego State (6-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at UNLV

54. Pittsburgh (5-5)
NEXT GAME: Friday at West Virginia

55. Mississippi State (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Ole Miss

56. Northwestern (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Michigan State

57. N.C. State (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Maryland

58. Ohio U. (8-3)
NEXT GAME: Tonight vs. Miami of Ohio

59. Temple (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Kent State

60. Louisville (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Friday at USF

61. Wyoming (7-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Boise State

62. Texas Tech (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Baylor in Arlington, Texas

63. Arkansas State (9-2)
NEXT GAME: Dec. 3 vs. Troy

64. Louisiana Tech (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. New Mexico State

65. USF (5-5)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Louisville

66. Tennessee (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Kentucky

67. Washington State (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Washington

68. Air Force (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Colorado State

69. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-3)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Arizona

70. Syracuse (5-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Cincinnati

71. Purdue (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Indiana

72. Arizona (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

73. Vanderbilt (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Wake Forest

74. Nevada (6-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Utah State

75. Western Michigan (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Akron

76. Oregon State (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Oregon

77. Marshall (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. East Carolina

78. Ball State (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Toledo

79. Utah State (5-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Nevada

80. Western Kentucky (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Troy

81. Florida International (7-4)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Middle Tennessee

82. East Carolina (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Marshall

83. Connecticut (4-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Rutgers

84. Hawaii (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Tulane

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

86. UCF (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. UTEP

87. UTEP (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at UCF

88. Boston College (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Friday at Miami

89. Duke (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at North Carolina

90. Kentucky (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Tennessee

91. Fresno State (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. San Jose State

92. San Jose State (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Fresno State

93. Eastern Michigan (6-5)
NEXT GAME: Friday at Northern Illinois

94. Miami of Ohio (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Tonight at Ohio U.

95. Kent State (5-6)
NEXT GAME: Friday at Temple

96. New Mexico State (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Louisiana Tech

97. North Texas (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Dec. 3 vs. Middle Tennessee

98. Rice (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at SMU

99. UAB (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at FAU

100. Colorado (2-10)
NEXT GAME: Friday at Utah

101. Kansas (2-9)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Missouri in Kansas City

102. Ole Miss (2-9)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Mississippi State

103. Bowling Green (4-7)
NEXT GAME: Friday at Buffalo

104. Maryland (2-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at NC State

105. Minnesota (2-9)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Illinois

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

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

108. Troy (3-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Western Kentucky

109. Colorado State (3-7)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Air Force

110. Buffalo (3-8)
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Bowling Green

111. Idaho (2-9)
NEXT GAME: Dec. 3 at Nevada

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

113. Indiana (1-10)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Purdue

114. UNLV (2-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. San Diego State

115. Middle Tennessee (2-8)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Florida International

116. Memphis (2-9)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Southern Miss

117. New Mexico (1-10)
NEXT GAME: Dec. 3 at Boise State

118. Tulane (2-10)
NEXT GAME: Saturday at Hawaii

119. Akron (1-10)
NEXT GAME: Friday at Western Michigan

120. Florida Atlantic (0-10)
NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. UAB

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

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