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January 10, 2008
At 1:20 p.m. ET each Monday, Rivals.com released the 120 at 1:20, Mike Huguenin's ranking of every major college football team in the nation. This is the final ranking for the 2007 season.
Mike Huguenin's 120 at 1:20
1. LSU (12-2)
The Tigers mauled Ohio State to win the national title. They outplayed, out-hit, out-physicaled and outcoached the Buckeyes.
2. USC (11-2)
Trojans only have themselves to blame for not being in title game. Losing to Stanford? At home?
3. GEORGIA (11-2)
In the Sugar Bowl, the Bulldogs treated Hawaii like an 18-wheeler's windshield treats a gnat.
4. WEST VIRGINIA (11-2)
The Mountaineers looked tremendous in the Fiesta Bowl. Still, was giving interim coach Bill Stewart the full-time job the right thing?
5. MISSOURI (12-2)
Mizzou had great season. Could next season actually be better?
6. OHIO STATE (11-2)
Back-to-back title-game appearances led to back-to-back beatdowns.
7. KANSAS (12-1)
OK, so Mark Mangino turns in a wondrous coaching job. Why is no one coming after him?
8. OKLAHOMA (11-3)
This is getting sort of routine: Bob Stoops' Sooners win the Big 12, then lose a BCS game.
9. TEXAS (10-3)
The Longhorns might have played their best game of the season in the Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona State.
10. BOSTON COLLEGE (11-3)
So what do the Eagles do now with Matt Ryan headed to the NFL?
11. VIRGINIA TECH (11-3)
The Hokies have some work to do on offense. Job One should be deciding on a quarterback.
12. ARIZONA STATE (10-3)
A rough ending shouldn't take away from what was a surprisingly good season.
13. BYU (11-2)
The Cougars finished unbeaten in the Mountain West Conference. Can they finish unbeaten overall next season?
14. TENNESSEE (10-4)
The Vols lost a tough one in SEC title game, then looked good in winning the Outback Bowl.
15. AUBURN (9-4)
Same coach, but he'll have two new coordinators.
16. CINCINNATI (10-3)
Under coach Brian Kelly, the Bearcats are a program on the rise in the Big East.
17. HAWAII (12-1)
OK, so the bowl game went poorly. But don't forget the Warriors had to go 12-0 to get there.
18. OREGON (9-4)
If not for QB Dennis Dixon's torn ACL, the Ducks would've played for the national title.
19. MICHIGAN (9-4)
The spread-option offense comes to Michigan. Bo, what do you think?
20. FLORIDA (9-4)
The Gators' offense was fine almost all season. The defense, though, looked like a sieve at times.
21. ILLINOIS (9-4)
The Illini were outclassed in Rose Bowl. But so what – they got to the Rose Bowl after some lean years.
22. OREGON STATE (9-4)
You don't need a quarterback to win nine games. The Beavers are proof.
23. TEXAS TECH (9-4)
The Red Raiders' rally got them a nice Gator Bowl victory.
24. UTAH (9-4)
If not for a poor start, the Utes would've received more national attention.
25. USF (9-4)
All in all, a nice season for Bulls. But too bad they didn't show up for their bowl appearance.
26. WAKE FOREST (9-4)
The Demon Deacons should head into the 2008 season as one of the favorites in the ACC.
27. PENN STATE (9-4)
JoePa is one win behind Bobby Bowden on the Division I-A career list.
28. VIRGINIA (9-4)
The Cavs lived dangerously all season, then collapsed late in losing Gator Bowl.
29. CLEMSON (9-4)
Clemson will go into 2008 season as perhaps the most-hyped team in the ACC.
30. WISCONSIN (9-4)
A lot of starters return for the Badgers, but can a new quarterback do the job?
31. BOISE STATE (10-3)
The Broncos' bowl performance in 2006 season was memorable. Not so in 2007.
33. MISSISSIPPI STATE (8-5)
Sylvester Croom has the Bulldogs on the right path in SEC West.
34. KENTUCKY (8-5)
The Wildcats faded down the stretch and are losing a ton of key players.
35. CONNECTICUT (9-4)
Despite an ugly bowl loss, the Huskies were one of the nation's biggest surprises this season.
36. FRESNO STATE (9-4)
The Bulldogs were solid this season and have a good shot at winning the WAC title next season.
37. NEW MEXICO (9-4)
Coach Rocky Long quietly has built a nice program in Albuquerque.
38. CALIFORNIA (7-6)
Take away a certain play against Oregon State, and you wonder how the season would've turned out.
39. OKLAHOMA STATE (7-6)
Coach Mike Gundy's rant after Texas Tech game will be lasting image from this season.
40. MICHIGAN STATE (7-6)
If Spartans can get better on defense, they could make some noise in the Big Ten next season.
41. UCF (10-4)
Uh-oh: TB Kevin Smith changed his mind and now is going to turn pro.
42. TULSA (9-4)
The Golden Hurricane had a 5,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and three 1,000-yard receivers.
43. AIR FORCE (9-4)
The Falcons took a 21-0 lead in Armed Forces Bowl, but couldn't hold on against California.
44. RUTGERS (8-5)
TB Ray Rice had a monster game in the International Bowl.
45. PURDUE (8-5)
The Boilermakers started 5-0. At least they also won their finale.
46. FLORIDA STATE (7-6)
Academic-related suspensions were late-season black eye to program.
47. UCLA (6-7)
Bruins have some talent on hand. It's now Rick Neuheisel's job to get that talent to play well.
48. TEXAS A&M (7-6)
The Aggies are one of two teams in the Big 12 South with a new coach. Baylor is the other.
49. ALABAMA (7-6)
Year 2 under Nick Saban should go better than Year 1.
50. GEORGIA TECH (7-6)
Tech flat out didn't show up for the Humanitarian Bowl.
51. TCU (8-5)
Even though they got to eight wins and won their bowl, the Horned Frogs' season wasn't as good as expected.
52. EAST CAROLINA (8-5)
Skip Holtz has the program in good shape. The bowl win over Boise State was impressive.
53. SOUTH CAROLINA (6-6)
Remember that 6-1 start? Most people remember that 0-5 finish.
54. IOWA (6-6)
Coach Kirk Ferentz needs to find some offense - and quickly.
55. INDIANA (7-6)
The Hoosiers played 13 this season. Too bad they didn't play well in 13th game.
56. COLORADO (6-7)
The Buffs look to be on their way up in the Big 12 North, which suddenly is a tough division.
57. TROY (8-4)
The Trojans lose do-everything QB Omar Haugabook.
58. LOUISVILLE (6-6)
The Cardinals have brought in former Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English to revamp that unit.
59. ARIZONA (5-7)
You have to figure Mike Stoops will be coaching for his job next season.
60. HOUSTON (8-5)
How much of an impact will the departure of coach Art Briles to Baylor have on the Cougars?
61. MARYLAND (6-6)
The Terps have to get better throwing the ball.
62. SOUTHERN MISS (7-5)
New coach Larry Fedora needs to improve the passing attack.
63. NAVY (8-4)
How much will the loss of coach Paul Johnson affect the program?
64. MIAMI (5-7)
The jury still out on Randy Shannon's coaching acumen. UM lost four in a row and six of seven to end the season.
65. NORTHWESTERN (6-6)
At least the Wildcats were bowl-eligible this season.
66. WASHINGTON STATE (5-7)
A new coach brings a new attitude. Now that new staff needs to find some new players.
67. WASHINGTON (4-9)
QB Jake Locker is a rising star. Now the Huskies need to get him some help.
68. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (8-5)
The Owls were only team from Florida to win a bowl game.
69. CENTRAL MICHIGAN (8-6)
The Chippewas were MAC champs, but the defense has some issues.
70. PITT (5-7)
The Panthers need to build on their final-game upset of West Virginia.
71. BALL STATE (7-6)
The Cardinals defenders will have recurring nightmares about Rutgers running back Ray Rice.
72. BOWLING GREEN (8-5)
Oh, my – was that Tulsa scoring again in GMAC Bowl?
73. VANDERBILT (5-7)
Coach Bobby Johnson turned down some entreaties from Duke to stay at Vandy.
74. NEBRASKA (5-7)
Rebuilding the porous defense will be the first priority for new coach Bo Pelini.
75. KANSAS STATE (5-7)
K-State needs to develop some consistency. And we mean week-to-week consistency.
76. NC STATE (5-7)
The Wolfpack played well in the second half of the season.
77. NORTH CAROLINA (4-8)
Butch Davis and his staff need to bring in a lot more talent.
78. MEMPHIS (7-5)
The Tigers overcame a 2-4 start to get to a bowl, which they lost to Florida Atlantic.
79. STANFORD (4-8)
The Cardinal's shocking victory at USC likely kept the Trojans out of the championship game.
80. NEVADA (6-7)
The Wolf Pack's offense simply didn't show up in the New Mexico Bowl.
81. IOWA STATE (3-9)
The Cyclones will be breaking in a new quarterback next season.
82. WYOMING (5-7)
A hot start (4-1) included a win over Virginia. The rest of season wasn't good, though.
83. OLE MISS (3-9)
Houston Nutt should help the Rebels regain some of their lost stature.
84. NOTRE DAME (3-9)
Charlie Weis has some work to do to regain his "genius" tag.
85. MIAMI UNIVERSITY (6-7)
The RedHawks won the MAC East, but they need to make some offensive improvement.
86. SAN DIEGO STATE (4-8)
The Aztecs' defense fell apart at the end of the season.
87. LOUISIANA TECH (5-7)
First-year coach Derek Dooley was a win away from a bowl appearance this season.
88. BUFFALO (5-7)
Second-year coach Turner Gill has done nice work turning the Bulls into a legit MAC program.
89. MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (5-7)
The Blue Raiders should be a Sun Belt contender next season.
90. OHIO U. (6-6)
The Bobcats won three of their final four to provide some momentum for next season.
91. WESTERN MICHIGAN (5-7)
The Broncos went 1-3 vs. BCS-league foes, with a victory at Iowa.
92. SAN JOSE STATE (5-7)
The lack of a running game caused the Spartans to stumble after a bowl appearance in 2006.
93. LA.-MONROE (6-6)
The Warhawks were competitive in the Sun Belt – and they beat Nick Saban and Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
94. COLORADO STATE (3-9)
New coach Steve Fairchild is a former CSU assistant, so he knows the pluses – and minuses – of the program.
95. TEMPLE (4-8)
Second-year coach Al Golden looks to have the program on the upswing.
96. AKRON (4-8)
The Zips won just one of their last six games this season.
97. UTEP (4-8)
The Miners' season ended with a six-game losing streak.
98. UNLV (2-10)
Coach Mike Sanford better win more than two games next season.
99. TOLEDO (5-7)
The Rockets allowed at least 34 points 10 times this season.
100. KENT STATE (3-9)
The Golden Flashes ended the season with a seven-game losing streak.
101. DUKE (1-11)
New coach David Cutcliffe says he can win at Duke. We'll see.
102. MINNESOTA (1-11)
The defense was atrocious and has to be fixed if the Golden Gophers are to be taken seriously.
103. SYRACUSE (2-10)
Coach Greg Robinson and his staff need to show some results or they'll be looking for new jobs.
104. ARKANSAS STATE (5-7)
The Indians should be contenders in Sun Belt next season.
105. BAYLOR (3-9)
New coach Art Briles had better talent to work with at Houston.
106. TULANE (4-8)
TB Matt Forte was the main reason to watch the Green Wave. Alas, he was a senior.
107. MARSHALL (3-9)
Coach Mark Snyder will be on the hot seat entering the 2008 season.
108. EASTERN MICHIGAN (4-8)
Take heart, Eagles: It's not that hard to make a big jump in one season in the MAC.
109. WESTERN KENTUCKY (7-5)
The Hilltoppers will be in their second season as provisional I-A members in 2008.
110. RICE (3-9)
The Owls' offense actually was productive. The defense needs a lot of work.
111. ARMY (3-9)
Air Force and Navy went to bowls, so the Black Knights need to find a way to catch up to the other two service academies.
112. LA.-LAFAYETTE (3-9)
QB Michael Desormeaux had a good season, but the team as a whole struggled.
113. UAB (2-10)
The Blazers staff needs to go out and find some playmakers.
114. NEW MEXICO STATE (4-9)
The well-traveled Joe Lee Dunn will be the Aggies' new defensive coordinator next season.
115. NORTH TEXAS (2-10)
The switch to a pass-happy offense paid off. Now it's time to improve the defense.
116. UTAH STATE (2-10)
At least the Aggies won two in a row to end their season.
117. NORTHERN ILLINOIS (2-10)
New coach Jerry Kill had a lot of success at Division I-AA Southern Illinois.
118. SMU (1-11)
The Mustangs are down, but so is C-USA. Because of that, the rebuilding may happen quicker than expected.
119. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (1-11)
The Golden Panthers ended their 23-game losing streak in the regular-season finale.
120. IDAHO (1-11)
Idaho's only victory this season came against a Division I-AA team.
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.