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Power Ranking All 124 CFB Teams

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

Power Ranking All 124 CFB Teams

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    Now that the regular season has been set, some of the nation's teams are preparing for a bowl game, while others are trying to figure out where things went wrong. 

    This past weekend, conference champions were crowned, and with Alabama winning the SEC title game, the Crimson Tide are heading to Miami to take on Notre Dame.

    With the regular season all over, here is a look at the final power rankings before the bowl season begins. 

No. 124- No. 85

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    No. 124: Southern Miss

    No. 123: Massachusetts

    No. 122: Idaho 

    No. 121: New Mexico State

    No. 120: Akron

    No. 119: Colorado 

    No. 118: Kansas

    No. 117: South Alabama

    No. 116: UNLV

    No. 115: Hawaii

    No. 114: Kentucky

    No. 113: Eastern Michigan

    No. 112: Army

    No. 111: Tulane

    No. 110: Illinois 

    No. 109: Boston College

    No. 108: Texas State

    No. 107: FIU

    No. 106: Florida Atlantic

    No. 105: Washington State

    No. 104: UTEP

    No. 103: UAB

    No. 102: Cal

    No. 101: South Florida 

    No. 100: North Texas

    No. 99: Auburn

    No. 98: New Mexico 

    No. 97: Arkansas

    No. 96: Colorado State

    No. 95: Wyoming 

    No. 94: Western Michigan

    No. 93: Miami (OH)

    No. 92: Buffalo

    No. 91: Memphis

    No. 90: Indiana

    No. 89: Temple

    No. 88: Iowa

    No. 87: Virginia 

    No. 86: Maryland

    No. 85: Troy

No. 84- No.51

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    No. 84: Tennessee 

    No. 83: Utah

    No. 82: Missouri 

    No. 81: Houston

    No. 80: Marshall

    No. 79: Pitt

    No. 78: Wake Forest

    No. 77: Connecticut

    No. 76: Ole Miss

    No. 75: Western Kentucky

    No. 74: Central Michigan 

    No. 73: Georgia Tech

    No. 72: Iowa State

    No. 71: Minnesota 

    No. 70: Rice

    No. 69: Air Force

    No. 68: SMU

    No. 67: Purdue

    No. 66: Baylor

    No. 65: Michigan State

    No. 64: Duke

    No. 63: West Virginia

    No. 62: Virginia Tech

    No. 61: East Carolina

    No. 60: BYU

    No. 59: Miami 

    No. 58: Navy

    No. 57: Nevada

    No. 56: Louisiana Lafayette

    No. 55: UTSA

    No. 54: NC State

    No. 53: Syracuse

    No. 52: Texas Tech

    No. 51: Ohio

No. 50: Washington

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    Washington is heading to the Las Vegas Bowl and is hoping to get the taste of the loss to Washington State out of its mouth. If the Huskies can match last year's output in this year's bowl game, the Huskies will put on quite the show. 

No. 49: Louisiana Monroe

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    While its season may have ended with an 8-4 season, Louisiana Monroe made a lot of noise this year, including beating Arkansas at the start of the year. 

    With another bowl berth under its belt, Louisiana Monroe is looking to win its second straight bowl game. 

No. 48: UCF

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    UCF had a great season, but in the last three weeks of the season, UCF lost twice to Tulsa, including a loss in the Conference USA title game. 

    While the season as a whole may have been a step forward, the Knights have to be disappointed that they couldn't knock the Golden Hurricanes off when it counted. 

No. 47: Bowling Green

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    After an 8-4 season, Bowling Green has plenty to be happy about, but the best way to end the season is with its bowl game. The Falcons will be taking on San Jose State in the Military Bowl, and a win would be huge for the program. 

No. 46: Tulsa

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    Conference USA was won in overtime this year, and it was Tulsa coming out on top for the title. With the win, the Golden Hurricanes earned themselves a 10-win season and will be playing in the Liberty Bowl against Iowa State. 

No. 45: Middle Tennessee

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    With a shot at the Sun Belt title up for grabs, Middle Tennessee came up short against Arkansas State and lost its chance at the conference title. 

    While the loss was rough, the Blue Raiders still had an outstanding season, but only time will tell if they can keep that momentum into next season. 

No. 44: Louisiana Tech

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    While the start of the season was full of hope, Louisiana Tech was unable to finish the season strong and it cost them a lot.

    As the season went on, the Bulldogs appeared to be heading toward a conference title and possible BCS game, but when they lost their final two games, both were lost. 

No. 43: Toledo

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    Toledo appeared to have all the keys to win the MAC, but after back-to-back losses late in the season, the Rockets saw those hopes go up in flames. 

    Despite the bumpy end to the season, Toledo is still heading to a bowl game with a chance at winning its 10th game of the year. 

No. 42: North Carolina

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    Through much of the season, North Carolina's offense was the difference in many games, but at times the Tar Heels offense was inconsistent. With a decent season under his belt, head coach Larry Fedora has plenty to build off of going into 2013. 

No. 41: Mississippi State

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    With a season that was going along well, Mississippi State stumbled and lost to Ole Miss. So that the season does not end on a bad note, the Bulldogs are heading to the Gator Bowl and will take on Northwestern, a team desperate for a bowl will. 

No. 40: Arizona

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    Arizona spent the season transitioning under Rich Rodriguez, and while the offense flourished, the defense suffered. With the regular season over, if Rodriguez wants his time to go differently than it did at Michigan, he must work on the defense. 

No. 39: Arizona State

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    Under new coach Todd Graham, the Sun Devils had both ups and downs. Both the offense and defense showed signs of improvement, but the inconsistency is what ended up costing Arizona State and led to a mediocre season. 

No. 38: Ball State

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    With six straight wins to end the season, Ball State put a stamp on a great season and also got itself into the bowl season. With a few weeks to prepare, Ball State will have to be ready for UCF in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl. 

No. 37: Cincinnati

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    For the second straight year, Cincinnati earned itself a share of the Big East title. After their loss to Rutgers, it seemed as if the Bearcats were out of the race, but they kept fighting and winning and stayed in the hunt. 

No. 36: USC

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    USC was primed for a national title run, and then the 2012 season began. The Trojans came up completely short of their goals for this season, and after the bowl game finalizes, life without Matt Barkley will begin. 

No. 35: Arkansas State

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    After a rough start to the season outside of the conference, Arkansas State had a great Sun Belt campaign and ended up finishing the season by winning the conference title. With an overall record of 9-3, the Red Wolves will be taking on Kent State in the bowl season. 

No. 34: Fresno State

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    After having an awful season last year, Fresno State made some changes around the program, including hiring a new head coach, and got things turned around quickly.

    With a 9-3 season behind them, the Bulldogs have a chance at a 10-win season and a great springboard into the upcoming season. 

No. 33: San Diego State

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    After a 9-3 season, San Diego State has one final test as it will take on BYU in its bowl matchup. As long as the offense can continue to play on the level that they did during the regular season, the Aztecs will be in this bowl game all the way until the end. 

No. 32: Oklahoma State

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    With as strong of a season that the Cowboys had last year, this was a tough way to come off the 2011 performance, but the offense was stronger than many expected. If the defense can get things turned around next year, Oklahoma State could be back toward the top of the conference. 

No. 31: Vanderbilt

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    Vanderbilt ended the season on a great note, as the Commodores won six straight games and appeared to turn a corner as a program. Vanderbilt could take an even bigger step if it is able to cap off this season with a bowl win. 

No. 30: Rutgers

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    Rutgers seemed to have the Big East right where it wanted it but saw it quickly slip away in the final two weeks of the season. Down the stretch, Rutgers lost to Pitt and Louisville and ended up sharing the conference title. 

No. 29: Penn State

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    Penn State far exceeded expectations for this season based off the limitations that are now on the program. It is hard to believe that the Nittany Lions will be able to keep up this pace with the recruiting limitations that are now on the program. 

No. 28: TCU

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    TCU has completed its first season in the Big 12, and while it came with its fair share of challenges, TCU was starting a ton of true freshmen and have a lot to look forward to in the future. As long as the Horned Frogs can continue to grow and improve, this will be a team in the thick of things next year. 

No. 27: Kent State

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    Kent State was close to the MAC mountain top but eventually came up short in double overtime. The Golden Flashes still had an incredible season for the program but will have to wait until next season to attempt to avenge this loss. 

No. 26: Michigan

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    Michigan had a season in which it beat the teams it should and then failed to beat any of the teams that were better than them. In order for Michigan to start moving forward, it must start beating the better teams on its schedule.

No. 25: Texas

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    It is not often that you see Oklahoma fans pulling for Texas, but that is what happened this past week. The Longhorns had a chance to hand Oklahoma the Big 12 title, but instead, they feel short against Kansas State, making the Wildcats conference champs. 

No. 24: Nebraska

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    Nebraska appeared to be the clear favorite to win the Big Ten, but nobody bothered to tell Wisconsin that. What ended up happening was the Badgers ran all over the Huskers and blew them out, ending Nebraska's chances of heading to the Rose Bowl. 

No. 23: San Jose State

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    If not for Utah State, people would be talking about San Jose State when talking about the WAC. San Jose State surprised many by the kind of season that it had and look to be a candidate to win the conference in 2013. 

No. 22: Wisconsin

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    Wisconsin found a way to get it done again as it destroyed Nebraska in the Big Ten title game. With the win, the Badgers clinched their third straight conference title and will give winning the Rose Bowl a third straight try. 

No. 21: Utah State

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    Utah State had a very impressive season this year and ended up winning the WAC title after going undefeated in conference.

    For the past couple of years, the Aggies have been getting things turned around and certainly appear to have the kind of players next year to continue this run. 

No. 20: UCLA

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    For the second straight year, UCLA was in the Pac-12 title game, and for the second straight year, the Bruins came up on the short end of the scoreboard.

    While the Bruins may have lost the Pac-12 title game again, they appear to be on their way up with Jim Mora Jr. at the helm. 

No. 19: Louisville

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    Another year and the Big East is divided, but the Louisville Cardinals have once again earned a share of the title. Teddy Bridgewater continues to impress and could be a dark-horse candidate for the Heisman in 2013. 

No. 18: Northwestern

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    Northwestern was one of the surprise teams of the year, and it is heading back to a bowl game this year. Many Wildcats fans are hoping that this is the year that the team can finally bring their bowl winning drought to an end. 

No. 17: Northern Illinois

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    For the second year in a row, Northern Illinois has won the MAC and did so in dramatic fashion as the game went to overtime before it could dismiss Kent State.

    With the win, Northern Illinois is now showing that it can begin to take control of the MAC as much of its talent will return. 

No. 16: Boise State

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    After it was all said and done, the Boise State Broncos earned a share of the Mountain West Conference. While this wasn't a typical season for the Broncos, they did remain in the Top 25 and will look to improve next year. 

No. 15: Oregon State

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    Oregon State finally made up its final game of the season this past week, and it made sure that it did not suffer another loss to a FCS team in back-to-back seasons.

    Despite how the year ended, the Beavers had an impressive run and definitely exceeded expectations. 

No. 14: Clemson

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    While Clemson didn't have the kind of collapse it experienced last year, the Tigers did fall short of heading back to the ACC title game. 

    After the bowl season is over, the Tigers must find a way to start capitalizing on the talent they have on this team. 

No. 13: Florida State

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    Florida State had high hopes coming into this season, but after losing twice, the hopes of a national title will have to wait until next year. This year, the Seminoles did win the ACC title game and will head to a BCS game. 

No. 12: South Carolina

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    South Carolina saw the season come to a disappointing end as it was unable to get to the SEC title game. With the two losses in the middle of the season, the Gamecocks will have to regroup and take their best shot again in 2013. 

No. 11: Oklahoma

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    In order for Oklahoma to have a shot of winning the Big 12, it needed to take care of business and that it did by beating TCU in its final game of the season.

    Despite Kansas State winning later that day, Oklahoma still turned in a strong season and will want to finish with a bowl win this year. 

No. 10: Texas A&M

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    Texas A&M may have been one of the most talked about teams as the season came to an end. The offense of the Aggies definitely turned some heads down the stretch and will have fans coming into the 2013 season with high hopes. 

No. 9: LSU

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    Les Miles and the LSU Tigers may have come up short on their goals of a SEC title and national title but they still were one of the Top 10 teams in the nation. 

    The Tigers and Miles have agreed on a long-term extension, so Miles will be leading this team for the foreseeable future. 

No. 8: Ohio State

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    Urban Meyer and Ohio State gave college football plenty to talk about by going undefeated. Since they are serving sanctions this season, the Buckeyes are not eligible for postseason play, but that still will not stop people from asking, "What if?"

No. 7: Stanford

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    In a much closer game than a week ago, Stanford won over UCLA and also won the Pac-12 title with it. With the win, Stanford sent a message to the conference and also punched its ticket to the Rose Bowl. 

No. 6: Kansas State

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    Kansas State saw that Oklahoma had won earlier in the day, so it needed to beat Texas to win the Big 12 title. 

    While the game remained close early on, the Wildcats eventually would pull away and set up a Fiesta Bowl game against Oregon. 

No. 5: Georgia

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    Georgia gave Alabama all it could handle this year in the SEC title game. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they came up a few yards short of heading to the national title game.

    With a strong season, Georgia is heading in the right direction and Mark Richt has regained same fans in Athens. 

No. 4: Florida

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    Florida had a strong season, but its loss to Georgia had the team on the outside looking in for the SEC title game. Going forward, the Gators must find a way to get the offense to step up to the level that the defense is currently playing at.

No. 3: Oregon

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    With the Stanford win, Oregon was dethroned in the Pac-12. While the loss certainly hurt the Ducks, they now will be heading to the Fiesta Bowl to take on the Kansas State Wildcats.

    This was a matchup that was originally on the schedule, but Kansas State backed out of the game. Now college fans will see a game that just a couple of weeks ago could have been for the national title. 

No. 2: Alabama

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    In one of the closer SEC title games in a while, Alabama found a way to beat Georgia as the Bulldogs came up just short of a last-second win.

    With the win, the Crimson Tide punched their ticket to the national championship and have a great chance of repeating as they will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 

No. 1: Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame now knows that its opponent is going to be Alabama in the national title.

    All year the Irish have spent their time winning games that many believed that they couldn't, and this game will be much of the same. Notre Dame has plenty of time to prepare and must bring its best if it hopes to win. 

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