Football Writers Association of America Nov. 11, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson

Texas A&M is "Team of the Week"

DALLAS (FWAA) – Miami has returned to the No. 1 spot in the FWAA/Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll after recording its 31st straight win, 26-3 over Tennessee. The convincing win, coupled with Oklahoma's 30-26 loss at Texas A&M, puts the Hurricanes back on top in unanimous fashion as Miami earned each of the FWAA's 16 first-place votes this week.

Ohio State, the only other remaining unbeaten team, earned each of the 16 second-place votes to forge a solid spot behind Miami, The Sooners dropped to No. 3, ahead of fellow once-beatens Texas, Washington State, Iowa and Georgia. Penn State's return to the poll at No. 16 gives the Big Ten a national best four teams in the top 16. LSU and Florida State also returned to the poll, while N.C. State, Oregon and Bowling Green dropped out.

While Oklahoma began the season as the FWAA's top-ranked team, Miami has now been No. 1 in six of the seven regular-season polls released. Oklahoma's stay at the top last week was short-lived.

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 Nov. 11 is as follows:

  School [1st Place Votes] W-L Pts.  LW  Next Game
1. Miami [16] 9-0 256 2  Nov. 21 vs. Pittsburgh
2. Ohio State 11-0 240 3  Nov. 16 at Illinois
3. Oklahoma 8-1 203 1  Nov. 16 at Baylor
4. Texas 9-1 201 4  Nov. 16 at Texas Tech
5. Washington State 9-1 198 5  Nov. 23 vs. Washington
6. Iowa 10-1 193 6  Nov. 16 at Minnesota
7. Georgia 9-1 157 7  Nov. 16 at Auburn
8. USC 7-2 142 10  Nov. 16 va. Arizona State
9. Notre Dame 9-1 119 9  Nov. 23 vs. Rutgers
10. Alabama 8-2 100 11  Nov. 16 at LSU
11. Kansas State 8-2 84 13  Nov. 16 vs. Nebraska
12. Michigan 8-2 77 14  Nov. 16 vs. Wisconsin
13. LSU 7-2 42 -  Nov. 16 vs. Alabama
14. Virginia Tech 8-2 38 8  Nov. 16 vs. West Virginia
15. Florida State 7-3 26 -  Nov. 16 vs. North Carolina
16. Penn State 7-3 19 -  Nov. 16 at Indiana
Also receiving votes: Colorado 18, Colorado State 16, Pittsburgh 14, Maryland 13, Florida 8, N.C. State 7, Oregon 4, TCU 1.
Dropped out: N.C. State (12), Oregon (15), Bowling Green (16).
By conference: Big Ten (4); Big 12 (3); SEC (3); Big East (2); Pac-10 (2); ACC (1); Independents (1).

Texas A&M, which upset previously unbeaten and top-ranked Oklahoma in College Station is the FWAA's national "Team of the Week." True freshman quarterback Reggie McNeal came off the bench and threw four touchdown passes as the Aggies beat a No. 1 team for the first time in school history.

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

Navy, for its near-upset of Notre Dame, and Miami, after its win at Tennesssee, were the other teams drawing consideration this week.

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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