Football Writers Association of America Dec. 6, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
Oklahoma vaults back to No. 2

DALLAS (FWAA) – The Southern California Trojans are the top-ranked team in the final regular-season Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll, despite losing three first-place votes this week. USC (12-0), the defending Football Writers Association of America national champs, will have a chance to defend that title when the Trojans take on No. 2 Oklahoma in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 4, 2005.

The Grantland
Rice Trophy

While USC held of rival UCLA, 29-24, Oklahoma (12-0) blasted Colorado, 42-3, in the Big 12 title game to move back into the No. 2 spot in the Super 16. OU, which received five first-place votes, had spent the last three weeks at No. 3 behind Auburn. Although Auburn (12-0) held off Tennessee, 38-28, to capture to SEC title, the Tigers dropped a spot as they ready for Virginia Tech in the Nokia Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3.

California (10-1), after beating Southern Miss, dropped into a fourth-place tie with Utah (11-0), while 10-1 teams Texas and Louisville remained at Nos. 6 and 7.

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 was announced each Monday during the regular season.

In addition, the 16 voters representing four regions, have cast a ballot each week, while giving a synopsis of their ballot. Unlike other college football polls, the FWAA makes each of its pollster's ballot public, along with the weekly synopsis. At the conclusion of the Bowl Championship Series, the FWAA will release its final poll and the top-ranked team will be awarded the 2004 Grantland Rice Trophy.

Among eight conferences represented in the Super 16, the SEC features four teams among the Top 16, while the ACC has three.

Click here to see how and why each pollster voted

The complete poll for Dec. 6 is as follows:

Rk. School [1st] Conf. W-L Pts Pvs Bowl Foe
1. USC [8] Pac-10 12-0 244 1 Oklahoma (Orange)
2. Oklahoma [5] Big 12 12-0 242 3 USC (Orange)
3. Auburn [3] SEC 12-0 234 2 Virginia Tech (Sugar)
t4. California Pac-10 10-1 192 4 Texas Tech (Holiday)
t4. Utah MWC 11-0 192 5 Pittsburgh (Fiesta)
6. Texas Big 12 10-1 184 6 Michigan (Rose)
7. Louisville C-USA 10-1 148 7 Boise State (Liberty)
8. Virginia Tech ACC 10-2 139 11 Auburn (Sugar)
9. Georgia SEC 9-2 118 10 Wisconsin (Outback)
10. Boise State WAC 11-0 107 9 Louisville (Liberty)
11. Michigan Big Ten 9-2 81 13 Texas (Rose)
12. Iowa Big Ten 9-2 78 12 LSU (Citrus)
13. LSU SEC 9-2  74 14 Iowa (Citrus)
14. Miami ACC 8-3  49 8 Florida (Peach)
15. Tennessee SEC 9-3  34 15 Texas A&M (Cotton)
16. Florida State ACC 8-3  24 - West Virginia (Gator)
First-place votes: USC 8 (Blaudschun, Dodd, Henson, Higgins, Miller, Moran, Richards, Shain); Oklahoma 5 (Burchette, Davis, Fiutak, Meisler, Robbins); Auburn 3 (Coyle, Griffith, Mandel).
Also receiving votes: Wisconsin 20, Pittsburgh 5, Florida 4, Arizona State 3, Texas A&M 3, Purdue 1.
Dropped out: Wisconsin (16).
By conference: SEC 4, ACC 3, Big Ten 2, Big 12 2, Pac-10 2, Conference USA 1, Mountain West 1, WAC 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 is 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