Football Writers Association of America Oct. 24, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
214-823-7992
No. 2 Texas closes the gap; Va. Tech remains No. 3
USC RETAINS TOP RANKING IN
GRANTLAND RICE SUPER 16 POLL

DALLAS (FWAA) The Southern California Trojans remain the top-ranked team in the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll. USC (7-0), the two-time defending Football Writers Association of America national champs, received 11 of the 16 first-place votes after extending their winning streak to 29 games with a 51-24 win at Washington. The USC win streak is the longest in the nation and the Trojans have won a record six FWAA national titles after winning each of the last two.

The Grantland
Rice Trophy

Texas (7-0), still No. 2 in the poll with five first-place votes, won its 14th straight game by whipping Texas Tech, 52-17. Virginia Tech (7-0) stifled Maryland 28-9, No. 4 Georgia  (7-0)nipped Arkansas, 23-20, and No. 5 Alabama (7-0) snuck past Tennessee, 6-3, to keep the Top 5 in tact. UCLA (7-0) moved up to No. 6 after its 51-28 win over Oregon State. Each of the poll's top six teams in an identical 7-0.

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 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, which is 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 2005 Grantland Rice Trophy.

Among six conferences represented in this week's poll, the ACC feature four teams among the Top 16, while the Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC each have three.

Click here to see how and why each pollster voted

The complete poll for Oct. 24 is as follows:

FWAA GRANTLAND RICE SUPER 16 POLL (OCT. 24, 2005)
Rk. School [1st] Conference W-L Pts Pvs Next Game
1. USC [11] Pacific-10 7-0 250 1 10/29 vs. Washington State
2. Texas [5] Big 12 7-0 245 2 10/29 at Oklahoma State
3. Virginia Tech Atlantic Coast 7-0 224 3 10/27 vs. No. 12 Boston College
4. Georgia Southeastern 7-0 198 4 10/29 vs. Florida
5. Alabama Southeastern 7-0 191 5 10/29 vs. Utah State
6. UCLA Pacific-10 7-0 165 7 10/29 at Stanford
7. Miami Atlantic Coast 5-1 152 6 10/29 vs. North Carolina
8. LSU Southeastern 5-1 143 8 10/29 vs. North Texas
9. Notre Dame Independent 5-2 117 10 11/5 vs. Tennessee
10. Penn State Big Ten 7-1 113 11 10/29 vs. Purdue
11. Florida State Atlantic Coast 6-1 111 9 10/29 vs. Maryland
12. Boston College Atlantic Coast 6-1 67 13 10/27 at No. 3 Virginia Tech
13. Ohio State Big Ten 5-2 59 14 10/29 at Minnesota
14. Oregon Pacific-10 7-1 42 15 11/5 vs. California
15. Wisconsin Big Ten 7-1 28 - 10/29 at Illinois
16. West Virginia Big East 6-1 20 - 11/2 vs. Connecticut
First-place votes: USC 11 (Bagnato, Condotta, Curtis, Davis, Dodd, Fiutak, Greenstein, Hartley, Hayes, Koonz, Robbins); Texas 5 (Burchette, Coyle, Griffith, Higgins, Shain).
Also receiving votes: Texas Tech 16, Florida 13, Auburn 11, TCU 5, Tennessee 3, California 2, Michigan 1.
Dropped out: Texas Tech (12), Auburn (16).
By conference: ACC 4, Big Ten 3, SEC 3, Pac-10 3, Big 12 1, Big East 1, Independent 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. When introduced, it was the first national championship trophy to be awarded after college football's postseason. This is the fourth 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, tiger@sportswriters.net) or Ted Gangi, FWAA webmaster (214-823-7992, webmaster@sportswriters.net).

2005 Grantland Rice Super 16 Polls (No. 1 team)
Aug. 29 (USC)
Oct. 10 (USC)
Oct. 17 (USC)
Oct. 24 (USC)
Oct. 31 (USC)
Nov. 7 (USC)
Nov. 14 (USC)
Nov. 21 (USC)
Nov. 28 (USC)
Dec. 5 (USC)
Jan. 5 (Texas)

2005 FWAA/GRANTLAND RICE SUPER 16 POLLSTERS
Andy Bagnato
Arizona Republic
Jordan Burchette
Maxim Online
Bob Condotta
Seattle Times
Frank Coyle
MSNBC | draftinsiders.com
Brian Curtis
College Sports TV
Brian Davis
The Dallas Morning News
Dennis Dodd
CBS SportsLine
Pete Fiutak
College Football News
Teddy Greenstein
Chicago Tribune
Mike Griffith
Knoxville News-Sentinel
Chad Hartley
Reno Gazette-Journal
Matt Hayes
The Sporting News
Ron Higgins
The Commercial Appeal
Brian Koonz
Danbury News-Times
Lenn Robbins
New York Post
Jeff Shain
Miami Herald