Football Writers Association of America Oct. 31, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
214-823-7992
Alabama, UCLA each move up; Georgia falls to No. 11
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 (8-0), 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 30 games with a 55-13 win over Washington State. 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 (8-0), still No. 2 in the poll with five first-place votes, won its 15th straight game by overcoming a 28-9 deficit to rout Oklahoma State, 47-28. Virginia Tech (8-0) blew out Boston College, 30-10, to keep its No. 3 ranking. Alabama (8-0) had an easy time with Utah State, 35-3, to move up to No. 4 and No. 5 UCLA (8-0) avoided disaster with a 21-point fourth quarter to force overtime in a 30-27 win at Stanford. Georgia, previously ranked No. 4, fell seven spots to No. 11 after its 14-10 loss to Florida in Jacksonville.

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 SEC features four teams among the Top 16, while the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-10 each have three.

Click here to see how and why each pollster voted

The complete poll for Oct. 31 is as follows:

FWAA GRANTLAND RICE SUPER 16 POLL (OCT. 31, 2005)
Rk. School [1st] Conference W-L Pts. Pvs. Next Game
1. USC [11] Pacific-10 8-0 250 1 11/5 vs. Stanford
2. Texas [5] Big 12 8-0 244 2 11/5 at Baylor
3. Virginia Tech Atlantic Coast 8-0 226 3 11/5 vs. No. 6 Miami
4. Alabama Southeastern 8-0 204 5 11/5 at Mississippi State
5. UCLA Pacific-10 8-0 173 6 11/5 at Arizona
6. Miami Atlantic Coast 6-1 163 7 11/5 at No. 3 Virginia Tech
7. LSU Southeastern 6-1 157 8 11/5 vs. Appalachian State
8. Penn State Big Ten 8-1 133 10 11/5 vs. No. 13 Wisconsin
9. Notre Dame Independent 5-2 124 9 11/5 vs. Tennessee
10. Florida State Atlantic Coast 7-1 118 11 11/5 vs. N.C. State
11. Georgia Southeastern 7-1 113 4 11/12 vs. Auburn
12. Ohio State Big Ten 6-2 73 13 11/5 vs. Illinois
13. Wisconsin Big Ten 8-1 48 15 11/5 at No. 8 Penn State
14. Oregon Pacific-10 7-1 43 14 11/5 vs. California
15. Florida Southeastern 6-2 42 - 11/5 vs. Vanderbilt
16. West Virginia Big East 6-1 21 16 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 (7-1) 18, Auburn (6-2) 15, Boston College (6-2) 5, California (6-2) 2, Michigan 2, TCU (8-1) 2.
Dropped out: Boston College (12).
By conference: SEC 4, ACC 3, Big Ten 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