Football Writers Association of America Nov. 18, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson

Texas Tech is "Team of the Week"

DALLAS (FWAA) – College football's two unbeatens remain the unanimous Top 2 in the latest FWAA/Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll. Miami picked up each of the 16 first-place votes, while Ohio State garnered each second-place choice.

Even with a week off, Washington State jumped from fifth to No. 3 in the poll, while Iowa and Oklahoma fell into a tie at No. 4. Texas, after its loss to Texas Tech, tumbled from No. 4 to No. 11, but Colorado's re-entry at No. 16 gives the Big 12 four team in the poll. The Big Ten also sports four schools in the poll 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 Nov. 18 is as follows:

  School [1st Place Votes] W-L Pts.  LW  Next Game
1. Miami [16] 9-0 256 1  Nov. 21 vs. Pittsburgh
2. Ohio State 12-0 240 3  Nov. 23 vs. Michigan
3. Washington State 9-1 209 5  Nov. 23 vs. Washington
t4. Iowa 11-1 206 6  Season complete
t4. Oklahoma 9-1 206 3  Nov. 23 vs. Texas Tech
6. Georgia 10-1 168 7  Nov. 30 vs. Georgia Tech
7. USC 8-2 156 8  Nov. 23 at UCLA
8. Notre Dame 9-1 131 9  Nov. 23 vs. Rutgers
9. Alabama 9-2 122 10  Nov. 23 vs. Auburn
10. Kansas State 9-2 108 11  Nov. 23 at Missouri
11. Texas 9-2 100 4  Nov. 29 vs. Texas A&M
12. Michigan 9-2 79 12  Nov. 23 at Ohio State
13. Florida State 8-3 35 15  Nov. 23 at N.C. State
14. Virginia Tech 8-2 34 14  Nov. 23 vs. West Virginia
15. Penn State 8-3 31 16  Nov. 23 vs. Michigan State
16. Colorado 8-3 25 -  Nov. 29 at Nebraska
Also receiving votes: Colorado State 22, Maryland 22, Pittsburgh 15, Florida 9, Boise State 1, TCU 1.
Dropped out: LSU (15)
By conference: Big Ten (4); Big 12 (4); Big East (2); Pac-10 (2); SEC (2); ACC (1); Independents (1).

Texas Tech, which won a 42-38 shootout with Texas to remain in contention for the Big 12 South title, is the FWAA's national "Team of the Week." Senior quarterback Kliff Kingsbury outdueled Texas' Chris Simms by throwing for 473 yards and six touchdowns in the win in Lubbock.

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

Alabama, for its 31-0 trouncing of LSU in Death Valley and Georgia for its miracle rally over Auburn, 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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