Football Writers Association of America Nov. 10, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
Clemson is National Team of the Week

DALLAS (FWAA) The unbeaten Oklahoma Sooners did nothing to jeopardize their No. 1 ranking in the FWAA's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll after putting a 77-0 licking on Texas A&M this past Saturday. While USC remained No. 2, LSU made its way to No. 3 with help from the National Team of the Week, Clemson.

Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Clemson snapped an 11-game losing streak to Florida State to earn team of the week honors. Tommy Bowden's Tigers conquered Bobby Bowden's Seminoles, 26-10, to drop the 'Noles all the way down to a tie at No. 13 with Miami. The Hurricanes lost to 10-6 Tennessee and had the nation's longest home winning streak snapped at 26 games.

Tennessee joined Pittsburgh as the week's new poll entries. The Panthers dropped Virginia Tech, 31-28. Both squads were also among the team of the week nominees, along with Texas, a 55-16 winner over Oklahoma State, and Duke, which topped Wake Forest, 42-34.

TCU, the nation's only other unbeaten team, moved into the Top 10 for the first time at No. 9. Ohio State, one of three one-loss teams, rose to No. 4 in the poll. Iowa and Michigan State were dropped from the rankings.

Click here to see how and why each pollster voted

The complete poll for the week of Nov. 10 is as follows:

Rank School W-L Pts. LW Next Game
1. Oklahoma [16] 10-0 256 1 Nov. 15 vs. Baylor
2. USC 8-1 238 2 Nov. 15 at Arizona
3. LSU 8-1 220 4 Nov. 15 at Alabama
4. Ohio State 9-1 211 6 Nov. 15 vs. Purdue
5. Michigan 8-2 173 8 Nov. 15 at Northwestern
6. Georgia 7-2 158 9 Nov. 15 vs. Auburn
7. Texas 8-2 131 10 Nov. 15 vs. Texas Tech
8. Washington State 8-2 105 13 Nov. 15 vs. Arizona State
9. TCU 9-0 93 12 Nov. 15 vs. Cincinnati
10. Tennessee 7-2 92 - Nov. 15 vs. Mississippi State
11. Virginia Tech 7-2 87 5 Nov. 15 at Temple
12. Purdue 8-2 85 15 Nov. 15 at Ohio State
t13. Florida State 8-2 67 3 Nov. 15 vs. N.C. State
t13. Miami 7-2 67 7 Nov. 15 vs. Syracuse
15. Pittsburgh 7-2 51 - Nov. 15 at West Virginia
16. Florida 7-2 48 16 Nov. 15 at South Carolina
Also receiving votes: Ole Miss 46, Nebraska 18, Minnesota 15, Michigan State 4, Northern Illinois 4, Miami (Ohio) 4, Boise State 3.
By conference: SEC (4), Big East (3), Big Ten (3), Big 12 (2), Pac-10 (2), Conference USA (1), ACC (1).
Dropped out: Iowa (11), Michigan State (14).

The FWAA/Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll, which has made its debut last 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 Mon., Jan. 5 in New Orleans following the Nokia Sugar Bowl.

The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club also awards a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week award each Tuesday.

For further information contact Steve Richardson, Executive Director of the FWAA (972-713-6198, or Ted Gangi, FWAA webmaster (214-823-7992,

2003 FWAA National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Aug. 30: USC Trojans
Weekend of Sept. 6: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Weekend of Sept. 13: Arkansas Razorbacks
Weekend of Sept. 20: Marshall Thundering Herd
Weekend of Sept. 27: California Bears
Weekend of Oct. 6: Baylor Bears
Weekend of Oct. 13: Oklahoma Sooners
Weekend of Oct. 20: Florida Gators
Weekend of Oct. 27: West Virginia Mountaineers
Weekend of Nov. 3: Virginia Tech Hokies
Weekend of Nov. 10: Clemson Tigers
Weekend of Nov. 17: Kansas State Wildcats
Weekend of Nov. 24: Michigan Wolverines

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