Football Writers Association of America Oct. 21, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson

OU collects one first-place vote; ASU is "Team of the Week"

DALLAS (FWAA) – The Miami Hurricanes enjoyed a week off and still enjoy the top spot in the FWAA/Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll. Oklahoma, with its resounding 49-3 win over Iowa State, managed to garner one of the 16 first-place votes. OU, the preseason No. 1 in the poll, is the first team other than Miami to grab a vote for the top slot in the four weeks of regular-season voting.

The top four teams remain the same, with Virginia Tech and Ohio State following Miami and Oklahoma. Oregon drops nine spots to No. 14 after its 45-42 loss to Arizona State, while Georgia, Notre Dame and Texas each move up a notch.

No. 15 USC and No. 16 Penn State are the new entries this week, with Iowa State (previously No. 9) and Air Force (No. 16) dropping out. USC was ranked No. 16 in the Sept. 30 poll, while Penn State returns to the rankings after a one-week absence. The Nittany Lions were ranked 15th two weeks ago.

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. 21 is as follows:

  School [1st Place Votes] W-L Pts.  LW Next Game
1. Miami (Fla.) [15] 6-0 255 1  Oct. 26 at West Virginia
2. Oklahoma [1] 7-0 239 2  Nov. 2 vs. Colorado
3. Virginia Tech 7-0 222 3  Oct. 26 vs. Temple
4. Ohio State 8-0 203 4  Oct. 26 vs. Penn State
5. Georgia 7-0 192 6  Oct. 26 at Kentucky
6. Notre Dame 7-0 179 7  Oct. 26 at Florida State
7. Texas 6-1 140 8  Oct. 26 vs. Iowa State
8. Washington State 6-1 120 10  Oct. 26 at Arizona
9. N.C. State 8-0 116 11  Oct. 26 at Clemson
10. Michigan 6-1 115 12  Oct. 26 vs. Iowa
11. LSU 6-1 96 14  Oct. 26 at Auburn
12. Florida State 5-2 80 13  Oct. 26 vs. Notre Dame
13. Iowa 7-1 77 15  Oct. 26 at Michigan
14. Oregon 6-1 68 5  Oct. 26 vs. USC
15. USC 5-2 28 -  Oct. 26 at Oregon
16. Penn State 5-2 17 -  Oct. 26 at Ohio State
Also receiving votes: Colorado State 7, Tennessee 6, Air Force 4, Marshall 4, Colorado 3, Alabama 2, Iowa State 2, Bowling Green 1.
Dropped out: Iowa State (9), Air Force (16)
By conference: Big Ten (4); Pac-10 (3); ACC (2); Big East (2); Big 12 (2); SEC (2); Independents (1).

Arizona State, which upset Oregon, 45-42, in Eugene, is the FWAA's national "Team of the Week." Andrew Walter threw for a school-record 536 yards and four touchdowns in rallying the Sun Devils from a 21-0 deficit. ASU moved to 6-2 overall with the win and remained unbeaten (3-0) in Pac-10 play.

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 Notre Dame, after its hard-fought 21-14 win at Air Force, and Oklahoma State for beating Nebraska for the first time since 1961.

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,

2002 Grantland Rice Super 16 Polls (No. 1 team)
Preseason: Oklahoma
Sept. 30: Miami
Oct. 7: Miami
Oct. 14: Miami
Oct. 21: Miami
Oct. 28: Miami
Nov. 4: Oklahoma
Nov. 11: Miami
Nov. 18: Miami
Nov. 25: Miami
Dec. 2: Miami

2002 FWAA Teams of the Week
Aug. 31: Duke (ended 23-game losing streak)
Sept. 7: Miami (routed Florida, 41-16, in Gainesville)
Sept. 14: California (upset Michigan State, 46-22, in East Lansing)
Sept. 21: Florida (beat Tennessee, 30-13, in Knoxville)
Sept. 28: Iowa State (beat Nebraska, 36-14)
Oct. 5: Ole Miss (upset Florida, 17-14)
Oct. 12: Miami (beat Florida State, 28-27)
Oct. 19: Arizona State (upset Oregon, 45-42)
Oct. 26: Notre Dame (beat Florida State, 34-24)
Nov. 2: Boston College (upset Notre Dame, 14-7)
Nov. 9: Texas A&M (upset Oklahoma, 30-26)
Nov. 16: Texas Tech (upset Texas, 42-38)
Nov. 23: Ohio State (finished the season 13-0)

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

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