Football Writers Association of America Oct. 28, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson

"Team of the Week" Notre Dame hops to No. 3

DALLAS (FWAA) – The Miami Hurricanes continue their run at the top of the FWAA/Grantland Rice Super 16 poll. Unbeaten with the nation's longest winning streak, the 'Canes grabbed 14 of the 16 first-place votes after topping West Virginia 40-23 in Morgantown.

No. 2 Oklahoma, however, did not receive any No. 1 votes as the remaining two went to Notre Dame off its' 34-24 win at Florida State. The two first-place votes helped to vault the Fighting Irish to No. 3 in the poll, up from No. 6 a week ago. Oklahoma had the week off.

Iowa, tied at No. 9, and No. 11 USC each moved up four slots. The Hawkeyes dealt Michigan its worst home loss since 1967 and USC tripped Oregon, 44-33. Meanwhile, the Big 12 added a third and fourth entry with Colorado – making a return to the poll at No. 12 – and Kansas State getting back in the loop at No. 14. The Buffs were ranked sixth in the preseason poll and crushed Texas Tech, 37-13. K-State drummed Baylor, 44-10, in Waco.

Arizona State makes its debut at No. 16, fresh of its 27-16 win over Washington. The win kept the Sun Devils unbeaten in conference play. LSU, Florida State, Oregon and Penn State dropped out this week.

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. 28 is as follows:

  School [1st Place Votes] W-L Pts.  LW  Next Game
1. Miami (Fla.) [14] 7-0 253 1  Nov. 2 at Rutgers
2. Oklahoma 7-0 237 2  Nov. 2 vs. Colorado
3. Notre Dame [2] 8-0 212 6  Nov. 2 vs. Boston College
4. Virginia Tech 8-0 203 3  Nov. 2 vs. Pittsburgh
5. Georgia 8-0 197 5  Nov. 2 vs. Florida
6. Ohio State 9-0 190 4  Nov. 2 vs. Minnesota
7. Texas 7-1 143 7  Nov. 2 at Nebraska
8. N.C. State 9-0 140 9  Nov. 2 vs. Georgia Tech
t9. Iowa 8-1 123 13  Nov. 2 vs. Wisconsin
t9. Washington State 7-1 123 8  Nov. 2 vs. Arizona State
11. USC 6-2 100 15  Nov. 9 at Stanford
12. Colorado 6-2 66 -  Nov. 2 at Oklahoma
13. Alabama 6-2 55 -  Nov. 2 at Vanderbilt
14. Kansas State 6-2 31 -  Nov. 2 at Kansas
15. Michigan 6-2 26 10  Nov. 2 vs. Michigan State
16. Arizona State 7-2 19 -  Nov. 2 at Washington State
Also receiving votes: Oregon 13, LSU 12, Bowling Green 10, Colorado State 7, Marshall 6, Minnesota 6, Florida State 2, Penn State 2.
Dropped out: LSU (11), Florida State (12), Oregon (14), Penn State (16).
By conference: Big 12 (4); Big Ten (3); Pac-10 (3); Big East (2); SEC (2); ACC (1); Independents (1).

Notre Dame, after the win in Tallahassee, has also been named the FWAA's national "Team of the Week." The Irish forced four turnovers and won despite earning just 13 first down in continuing their unbeaten season.

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 Iowa, for its domination of Michigan in Ann Arbor; Auburn, for its 31-7 win over LSU; Wyoming, for its shocking 34-26 upset of Air Force; and Tulsa, which ended the nation's longest losing streak at 17 with a 20-0 win over UTEP.

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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