Football Writers Association of America Oct. 7, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson

Va. Tech to No. 2; Ole Miss named Team of the Week

DALLAS (FWAA) – The unbeaten Miami Hurricanes remained the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the FWAA/Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll. The 'Canes, winners of the 2001 Grantland Rice Trophy, once again earned all 16 first-place votes from the national panel after earning their 27th straight win, 48-14, over soon-to-be Big East foe Connecticut.

Virginia Tech, No. 4 in last week's poll, vaulted to the No. 2 spot, ahead of Texas and Oklahoma, after both the Longhorns and Sooners struggled to win tough conference games. The Hokies made the jump after enjoying a week off in preparation for Boston College. Texas survived a scare from Oklahoma State, 17-15, and OU used a fake field goal to edge Missouri, 31-24, on the road.

Washington State (12) and Michigan (14) both returned to the poll after a one-week absence and Penn State made its Super 16 debut at No. 15. Kansas State, Washington and USC dropped out. Florida dropped to No. 16 after its 17-14 loss to Ole Miss.

The FWAA/Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll, which has made its debut this season, will decide the winner of the Grantland Rice Trophy, the FWAA's national championship award presented since 1954. The presentation will be made on Sat., Jan. 4 in Tempe, Ariz., following the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Click here to see how and why each pollster voted

The complete poll for the week of Oct. 7 is as follows:

  School [1st Place Votes] W-L Pts.  LW Next Game
1. Miami (Fla.) [16] 5-0 256 1  Oct. 12 vs. Florida State
2. Virginia Tech 5-0 221 4  Oct. 10 at Boston College
3. Texas 5-0 220 2  Oct. 12 vs. Oklahoma
4. Oklahoma 5-0 208 3  Oct. 12 vs. Texas
5. Ohio State 6-0 193 5  Oct. 12 vs. San Jose State
6. Oregon 5-0 172 6  Oct. 12 at UCLA
7. Georgia 5-0 167 7  Oct. 12 vs. Tennessee
8. Notre Dame 5-0 153 9  Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh
9. Tennessee 4-1 96 10  Oct. 12 at Georgia
10. Florida State 5-1 94 11  Oct. 12 at Miami
11. N.C. State 6-0 88 13  Oct. 12 at North Carolina
12. Washington State 5-1 80 -  Oct. 12 at Stanford
13. Iowa State 5-1 72 15  Oct. 12 vs. Texas Tech
14. Michigan 4-1 61 -  Oct. 12 vs. Penn State
15. Penn State 4-1 37 -  Oct. 12 at Michigan
16. Florida 4-2 23 8  Oct. 12 vs. LSU
Also receiving votes: Iowa 11, Air Force 10, Kansas State 4, LSU 4, Boston College 3, Marshall 2, Alabama 1.
Dropped out: No. 12 Kansas State, No. 14 Washington, No. 16 USC
By conference: Big 12 (3), Pac-10 (2), SEC (3); ACC (2); Big East (2); Big Ten (3); Independents (1)

Ole Miss, which had a hand in dropping Florida from No. 8 in the poll, is the FWAA national "Team of the Week" after its upset of the Gators. The Rebels picked off Rex Grossman four times in rallying from a 14-2 halftime deficit to move to 4-1, 2-0 in the SEC.

The honor is also decided by the 16-member panel that votes in the organization's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll.

Other teams drawing consideration this week included Georgia, which came back to beat Alabama, 27-25, in Tuscaloosa; and Baylor, which ended its 29-game conference losing streak with a last-minute 35-32 win over Kansas in Waco.

The FWAA "Team of the Week" will continue to be announced each Monday with the Super 16 Poll throughout the season.

The FWAA, in conjunction with the Charlotte Touchdown Club, also awards a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week award each week.

For further information contact Steve Richardson, Executive Director of the FWAA (972-713-6198, or Ted Gangi, FWAA webmaster (214-823-7992,

Related Links:
FWAA to debut Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll
Grantland Rice Trophy
Grantland Rice Trophy winners

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