DALLAS (FWAA) – For the second straight season, the Oklahoma
Sooners are the preseason favorite in the Grantland Rice Super 16
Poll as voted by the 16 pollsters of the Football Writers Association
of America. Oklahoma is among three Big 12 teams in the Super 16.
The poll made its debut last season and will resume in the regular
season on Mon., Oct 13 and each subsequent Monday through December
8. Following the conclusion of the Bowl Championship Series, a final
poll, to be released on Jan. 5 in New Orleans, will be used to determine
the 2003 Grantland Rice Trophy winner.
The FWAA has presented its national championship trophy, named
in honor of the legendary sportswriter, each year since 1954. This
is the second year that a season-long poll will be concurrent with
the award. Oklahoma has won the Grantland Rice Trophy four times,
last in 2000.
Each of the 16 voters, representing four regions, not only will
cast a ballot each week, but give a brief synopsis of his ballot.
Unlike other college football polls, the FWAA is making each of
its pollsters' ballots public, along with the weekly synopsis.
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to see how and why each pollster voted
Following is the complete 2003 Preseason Grantland Rice Super
School [1st Place Votes]
||Aug. 30 vs. North Texas
||Ohio State 
||Aug. 30 vs. Washington
||Aug. 28 at Louisiana
||Aug. 30 vs. Southern
||Kansas State 
||Aug. 23 vs. California
||Aug. 31 vs. New Mexico
||Aug. 30 vs. Central
||Aug. 31 vs. UCF
||Aug. 30 at Auburn
||Aug. 30 at Clemson
||Sept. 6 vs. Kent State
||Aug. 30 vs. Western
||Aug. 30 at North Carolina
||Aug. 30 vs. Louisiana-Monroe
||Aug. 30 vs. Fresno
||Aug. 28 at Northern
votes: Virginia 33, Notre Dame 15, Purdue
12, Washington 11, Oregon State 9, Wisconsin
8, Arkansas 3, Colorado State 2, Oklahoma
State 2, Arizona State 1.
votes: Oklahoma (10: Mark Blaudschun, Bob
Condotta, Frank Coyle, Dennis Dodd, Mike
Griffith, Steve Henson, Bob Moran, Darryl
Richards, Joe Schad, Dave Sittler); Ohio
State (4: Pete Fuitak, Ron Higgins, Stewart
Mandel, Adam Thompson); Kansas State (2:
Jordan Burchette, Lenn Robbins).
SEC (4), ACC (3), Big East (3), Big 12 (3),
Big Ten (2), Pac-10 (1).
Oklahoma received ten first-place votes on its way to its preseason
No. 1 ranking. Defending national champion Ohio State received foUr
No. 1 votes and Kansas State tallied the remaining two top votes.
"We certainly appreciate the respect our program has received,
but our team is very much aware that championships are never won
in August," said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. "A high ranking
at this time of year simply signifies that the writers value what
we've accomplished here and see promise in this team. We appreciate
that and are very good about keeping it in perspective. We remain
focused on winning championships and that's a long process."
Rounding out the Top 10 are Miami, Auburn, Kansas State, Texas,
Michigan, Virginia Tech, Southern California, and Georgia. The SEC
– with Auburn, Georgia, LSU, and Tennessee in the preseason poll
– leads all conferences with four teams in the Super 16. Three ACC
teams are among the the remaining ranked teams, which include Pittsburgh
(No. 11), N.C. State (No. 12), Florida State (No. 13) and Maryland
In addition to the weekly ranking, the FWAA will name a national
Division I-A Team of the Week during the course of the season, which
will also be voted on by the Grantland Rice pollsters. The Team
of the Week selections will begin on Mon., Sept. 1.
Both the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll and the FWAA Team of the
Week will be released through the FWAA's official website, www.footballwriters.com,
part of www.sportswriters.net.
For further information contact Steve Richardson, Executive Director
of the FWAA (972-713-6198,
or Ted Gangi, FWAA webmaster (214-823-7992,
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