Football Writers Association of America Oct. 18, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
Trojans add first-place vote to break previous week's tie at the top

DALLAS (FWAA) – The Southern California Trojans are the top-ranked team in this week's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll. USC (6-0), the defending Football Writers Association of America national champs, garnered nine of the 16 first-place votes after routing Arizona State, 45-7, to win their 15th straight game.

The Grantland
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Oklahoma (6-0), previously tied for the top spot with the Trojans, fell to No. 2 after its 31-21 win over Kansas State. The Sooners were voted No. 1 by six of the pollsters and Auburn (6-0), for the second straight week, notched the final top vote and is third in the poll. Miami held its spot at No. 4, while Florida State, with a convincing 36-3 win over Virginia, rounds out the Top 5. Former Top 5 teams Virginia and Purdue, fell to 14th and 12th, respectively after losses to Florida State and Wisconsin over the weekend.

The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll, introduced prior to the 2002 season, ranks the nation's top 16 Division I-A football teams. A regionally-balanced group of 16 selectors votes in the poll. The pollsters also select the FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week, which is also announced each Monday during the regular season.

In addition, the 16 voters representing four regions, will cast a ballot each week and give a brief synopsis of their ballot. Unlike other college football polls, the FWAA makes each of its pollster's ballot public, along with the weekly synopsis.

Texas A&M, after beating Oklahoma State, 36-20, for its fifth straight win, is the only new team in the poll. The Aggies are ranked 16th and give the Big 12 a third team in the rankings. The ACC, Big Ten and SEC also each feature three teams among the Top 16.

Click here to see how and why each pollster voted

The complete poll for Oct. 18 is as follows:

Rank School [1st] W-L Pts Pvs Upcoming Game
1. USC [9] 6-0 249 t1 10/23 vs. Washington
2. Oklahoma [6] 6-0 245 t1 10/23 vs. Kansas
3. Auburn [1] 6-0 222 3 10/23 vs. Kentucky
4. Miami 5-0 211 4 10/23 at N.C. State
5. Florida State 5-1 173 7 10/23 at Wake Forest
6. Wisconsin 7-0 168 t9 10/23 vs. Northwestern
7. California 4-1 154 8 10/23 at Arizona
8. Utah 6-0 122 11 10/23 vs. UNLV
9. Georgia 5-1 116 t9 10/23 at Arkansas
10. Texas 5-1 103 12 10/23 at Texas Tech
11. Tennessee 5-1 98 13 10/23 at Alabama
12. Purdue 5-1 87 6 10/23 at No. 13 Michigan
13. Michigan 6-1 72 14 10/23 vs. No. 12 Purdue
14. Virginia 5-1 51 5 10/23 at Duke
15. Louisville 4-1 39 16 10/23 vs. South Florida
16. Texas A&M 5-1 27 - 10/23 vs. Colorado
FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week: Wisconsin.
First-place votes: USC 9 (Blaudschun, Coyle, Davis, Henson, Meisler, Miller, Moran, Richards, Shain); Oklahoma 6 (Burchette, Dodd, Fiutak, Higgins, Mandel, Robbins); Auburn 1 (Griffith).
Also receiving votes: Boise State 22, West Virginia 8, LSU 4, Arizona State 2, Florida 2, Oklahoma State 1.
Dropped out: Arizona State (15).
By conference: ACC 3, Big Ten 3, Big 12 3, SEC 3, Pac-10 2, Conference USA 1, Mountain West 1.

The FWAA has presented the Grantland Rice Trophy, named in honor of the legendary sportswriter, to college football's national champion each year since 1954. This is the third season that a season-long poll will be concurrent with the award.

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

2004 Grantland Rice Super 16 Polls (No. 1 team)
Aug. 27 (USC)
Oct. 11 (Oklahoma, USC)
Oct. 18 (USC)
Nov. 8 (USC)
Oct. 25 (USC)
Nov. 1 (USC)
Nov. 15 (USC)
Nov. 22 (USC)
Nov. 29 (USC)
Dec. 6 (USC)
Jan. 5 (USC)
Mark Blaudschun
Boston Globe
Mike Griffith
Knoxville News-Sentinel
Brian Davis
The Dallas Morning News
Steve Henson
Los Angeles Times
Jordan Burchette
CSTV | Maxim Online
Ron Higgins
The Commercial Appeal
Dennis Dodd
CBS SportsLine
Natalie Meisler
Denver Post
Frank Coyle
Stewart Mandel
Pete Fiutak
College Football News
Ted Miller
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Lenn Robbins
New York Post
Jeff Shain
Miami Herald
Darryl Richards
Bob Moran
East Valley Tribune