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December 8, 2008

Final regular-season Rivals 120 at 1:20

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com.
He can be heard on Rivals Radio every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. ET and can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.
At 1:20 p.m. ET each Monday, Rivals.com releases the 120 at 1:20, Mike Huguenin's ranking of every major college football team in the nation.

Here are our final regular-season 1-120 rankings.

The conference championship games caused some shuffling at the top, and we agree with the BCS standings on the teams atop our list.

Mike Huguenin's 120 at 1:20
1. OKLAHOMA (12-1)
The Buzz: The Sooners scored at least 60 points for an NCAA-record fifth consecutive game in crushing Missouri in the Big 12 Championship Game. Next up is a date with Florida in Miami for the national title. NEXT: Jan. 8, national championship game vs. Florida.
2. FLORIDA (12-1)
The Buzz: The Gators' streak of scoring at least 42 points in seven consecutive games ended, but they still scored enough to win the SEC title and earn a shot at the national championship. NEXT: Jan. 8, national championship game vs. Oklahoma.
3. TEXAS (11-1)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Jan. 5, Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State.
4. USC (11-1)
The Buzz: The Trojans locked up their seventh consecutive Pac-10 crown by beating up on crosstown rival UCLA. Now, they'll look to beat up on JoePa's team. NEXT: Jan. 1, Rose Bowl vs. Penn State.
5. ALABAMA (12-1)
The Buzz: The Crimson Tide's bid for perfection was spoiled by Florida in the SEC title game. But think about this: Who really thought this was Alabama's season? The thought was the Tide would be really good in 2009. NEXT: Jan. 2, Sugar Bowl vs. Utah.
6. TEXAS TECH (11-1)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Jan. 2, Cotton Bowl vs. Ole Miss.
7. UTAH (12-0)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Jan. 2, Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama.
8. PENN STATE (11-1)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Jan. 1, Rose Bowl vs. USC.
9. TCU (10-2)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Dec. 23, Poinsettia Bowl vs. Boise State.
10. OHIO STATE (10-2)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Jan. 5, Fiesta Bowl vs. Texas.
11. BOISE STATE (12-0)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 23, Poinsettia Bowl vs. TCU.
12. CINCINNATI (11-2)
The Buzz: The Bearcats used a big fourth-quarter rally to get past Hawaii in their regular-season finale. Man, it sure would have been embarrassing for the Big East champ to lose to Hawaii. NEXT: Jan. 1, Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech.
13. OREGON (9-3)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 30, Holiday Bowl vs. Oklahoma State.
14. OKLAHOMA STATE (9-3)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 30, Holiday Bowl vs. Oregon.
15. BYU (10-2)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Dec. 20, Las Vegas Bowl vs. Arizona.
16. GEORGIA TECH (9-3)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 31, Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. LSU.
17. GEORGIA (9-3)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Jan. 1, Capital One Bowl vs. Michigan State.
18. MICHIGAN STATE (9-3)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Jan. 1, Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia.
19. PITTSBURGH (9-3)
The Buzz: TB LeSean McCoy and Pitt head into the postseason having won four of their past five, including a rout of Connecticut in the regular-season finale. NEXT: Dec. 31, Sun Bowl vs. Oregon State.
20. OREGON STATE (8-4)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 31, Sun Bowl vs. Pittsburgh.
21. OLE MISS (8-4)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Jan. 2, Cotton Bowl vs. Texas Tech.
22. MISSOURI (9-4)
The Buzz: The Tigers won their second consecutive Big 12 North title, but they enter the postseason on a two-game losing streak. And the defense was shredded in both losses. NEXT: Dec. 29, Alamo Bowl vs. Northwestern.
23. CALIFORNIA (8-4)
The Buzz: Jahvid Best rambled for 311 yards against Washington as the Golden Bears finished 7-0 at home this season. NEXT: Dec. 27, Emerald Bowl vs. Miami.
24. VIRGINIA TECH (9-4)
The Buzz: The Hokies' offense wasn't great Saturday, but the defense came up big to carry Tech to the ACC crown. An Orange Bowl date awaits. NEXT: Jan. 1, Orange Bowl vs. Cincinnati.
25. BOSTON COLLEGE (9-4)
The Buzz: BC won the ACC Atlantic Division for the second season in a row. But for the second season in a row, the Eagles lost to Virginia Tech in the league title game. NEXT: Dec. 31, Music City Bowl vs. Vanderbilt.
26. IOWA (8-4)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Jan. 1, Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina.
27. NORTHWESTERN (9-3)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Dec. 29, Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri.
28. FLORIDA STATE (8-4)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 27, Champs Sports Bowl vs. Wisconsin.
29. NORTH CAROLINA (8-4)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 27, Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. West Virginia.
30. BALL STATE (12-1)
The Buzz: The Cardinals' bid for perfection crumbled, thanks to five turnovers in the MAC title game. NEXT: Jan. 6, GMAC Bowl vs. Tulsa.
31. NEBRASKA (8-4)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Jan. 1, Gator Bowl vs. Clemson.
32. EAST CAROLINA (9-4)
The Buzz: The Pirates forced seven turnovers at Tulsa and won the C-USA crown. Now they have to start wondering if their coach is going to leave. NEXT: Jan. 2, Liberty Bowl vs. Kentucky.
33. WEST VIRGINIA (8-4)
The Buzz: QB Pat White went out a winner in his final home game for the Mountaineers. And you know what? That's as it should be. NEXT: Dec. 27, Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. North Carolina.
34. CENTRAL MICHIGAN (8-4)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 26, Motor City Bowl vs. Florida Atlantic.
35. MIAMI (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 27, Emerald Bowl vs. California.
36. MARYLAND (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 30, Humanitarian Bowl vs. Nevada.
37. LSU (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 31, Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Georgia Tech.
38. KANSAS (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 31, Insight Bowl vs. Minnesota.
39. ARIZONA (7-5)
The Buzz: The Wildcats beat rival Arizona State to clinch their first winning season since 1998. NEXT: Dec. 20, Las Vegas Bowl vs. BYU.
40. RUTGERS (7-5)
The Buzz: The Scarlet Knights carry a six-game winning streak into the postseason after blowing out Louisville in their regular-season finale. NEXT: Dec. 29, Papajohns.com Bowl vs. North Carolina State.
41. USF (7-5)
The Buzz: The Bulls had a disappointing season. The reward? Their bowl basically is a home game. NEXT: Dec. 20, St. Petersburg Bowl vs. Memphis.
42. TULSA (10-3)
The Buzz: The Golden Hurricane found out that it's not easy to win a conference championship game when you commit seven turnovers. NEXT: Jan. 6, GMAC Bowl vs. Ball State.
43. WAKE FOREST (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 20, EagleBank Bowl vs. Navy.
44. WISCONSIN (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Dec. 27, Champs Sports Bowl vs. Florida State.
45. CLEMSON (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Jan. 1, Gator Bowl vs. Nebraska.
46. RICE (9-3)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 30, Texas Bowl vs. Western Michigan.
47. CONNECTICUT (7-5)
The Buzz: The Huskies ended the regular season having lost five of their past seven. NEXT: Jan. 3, International Bowl vs. Buffalo.
48. SOUTH CAROLINA (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Jan. 1, Outback Bowl vs. Iowa.
49. WESTERN MICHIGAN (9-3)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 25. NEXT: Dec. 30, Texas Bowl vs. Rice.
50. BUFFALO (8-5)
The Buzz: The Bulls shocked previously unbeaten Ball State to win the MAC title. They're headed to the first bowl in school history. NEXT: Jan. 3, International Bowl vs. Connecticut.
51. MINNESOTA (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Dec. 31, Insight Bowl vs. Kansas.
52. HOUSTON (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 31, Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force.
53. NAVY (8-4)
The Buzz: The Midshipmen got their seventh consecutive victory over rival Army with their first shutout in the series since 1978. NEXT: Dec. 20, EagleBank Bowl vs. Wake Forest.
54. AIR FORCE (8-4)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Dec. 31, Armed Forces Bowl vs. Houston.
55. N.C. STATE (6-6)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 29, Papajohns.com Bowl vs. Rutgers.
56. TROY (8-4)
The Buzz: The Trojans clinched the outright Sun Belt title by beating Arkansas State in a dominant performance. NEXT: Dec. 21, New Orleans Bowl vs. Southern Miss.
57. ILLINOIS (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
58. VIRGINIA (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
59. ARKANSAS (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
60. NOTRE DAME (6-6)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 24, Hawaii Bowl at Hawaii.
61. STANFORD (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
62. ARIZONA STATE (5-7)
The Buzz: The Sun Devils' bid for bowl eligibility ended with a loss at rival Arizona. Coach Dennis Erickson has some work to do in the offseason. NEXT: Season over.
63. VANDERBILT (6-6)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 31, Music City Bowl vs. Boston College.
64. KENTUCKY (6-6)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Jan. 2, Liberty Bowl vs. East Carolina.
65. AUBURN (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
66. NORTHERN ILLINOIS (6-6)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 28, Independence Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech.
67. COLORADO (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
68. PURDUE (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
69. COLORADO STATE (6-6)
The Buzz: Regular season ended Nov. 22. NEXT: Dec. 20, New Mexico Bowl vs. Fresno State.
70. BAYLOR (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
71. TENNESSEE (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
72. NEW MEXICO (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 15.
73. HAWAII (7-6)
The Buzz: The Warriors gave up 19 fourth-quarter points to fall 29-24 to Cincinnati. Still, they're going to a bowl. NEXT: Dec. 24, Hawaii Bowl vs. Notre Dame.
74. NEVADA (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 30, Humanitarian Bowl vs. Maryland.
75. LOUISIANA TECH (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 28, Independence Bowl vs. Northern Illinois.
76. SOUTHERN MISS (6-6)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 21, New Orleans Bowl vs. Troy.
77. LOUISVILLE (5-7)
The Buzz: The Cardinals ended the season on a five-game losing streak, which means coach Steve Kragthorpe will be feeling a lot of heat when next season kicks off. NEXT: Season over.
78. FRESNO STATE (7-5)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 20, New Mexico Bowl vs. Colorado State.
79. DUKE (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
80. MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
81. UCLA (4-8)
The Buzz: The Bruins' defense actually played OK in a loss to USC. The offense? Well, the offense was a season-long problem. NEXT: Season over.
82. MICHIGAN (3-9)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
83. SAN JOSE STATE (6-6)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
84. UTEP (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
85. KANSAS STATE (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
86. TEXAS A&M (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
87. UNLV (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
88. MEMPHIS (6-6)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 20, St Petersburg Bowl vs. USF.
89. BOWLING GREEN (6-6)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
90. TEMPLE (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
91. MARSHALL (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
92. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (6-6)
The Buzz: The Ragin' Cajuns stopped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Middle Tennessee, but it wasn't enough to get a bowl bid. NEXT: Season over.
93. SYRACUSE (3-9)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
94. ARKANSAS STATE (6-6)
The Buzz: The Red Wolves had a chance to win the Sun Belt but were blown out by Troy. NEXT: Season over.
95. AKRON (5-7)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
96. MIDDLE TENNESSEE (5-7)
The Buzz: The Blue Raiders were done in by a huge turnover in a season-ending loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. NEXT: Season over.
97. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (6-6)
The Buzz: Regular season ended last week. NEXT: Dec. 26, Motor City Bowl vs. Central Michigan.
98. WYOMING (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
99. OHIO (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
100. INDIANA (3-9)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
101. UAB (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
102. KENT STATE (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
103. UCF (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
104. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (5-7)
The Buzz: FIU had a realistic shot at finishing .500. Still, this was a successful season for the Golden Panthers, who should be legit Sun Belt contenders next season. NEXT: Season over.
105. ARMY (3-9)
The Buzz: Collin Mooney set the school single-season rushing record for the Black Knights. Too bad it came in a blowout loss to Navy. NEXT: Season over.
106. LOUISIANA-MONROE (4-8)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
107. UTAH STATE (3-9)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
108. TOLEDO (3-9)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
109. IOWA STATE (2-10)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
110. EASTERN MICHIGAN (3-9)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
111. SAN DIEGO STATE (2-10)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
112. NEW MEXICO STATE (3-9)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
113. MIAMI UNIVERSITY (2-10)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
114. WASHINGTON STATE (2-11)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
115. TULANE (2-10)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
116. WASHINGTON (0-12)
The Buzz: The Tyrone Willingham era is over, and he leaves after making history: He guided Washington to its first winless season ever. NEXT: Season over.
117. IDAHO (2-10)
The Buzz: Season ended Nov. 22.
118. SMU (1-11)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
119. NORTH TEXAS (1-11)
The Buzz: Season ended last week.
120. WESTERN KENTUCKY (2-10)
The Buzz: The Hilltoppers will be a full-fledged Football Bowl Subdivision (i.e., Division I-A) member next season. Thankfully, this season is over. NEXT: Season over.

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



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