Football Writers Association of America Nov. 21, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
214-823-7992
LSU, Penn State move up as Miami falls to No. 10
GAP NARROWS BETWEEN NO. 1 USC AND
NO. 2 TEXAS 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 (10-0), the two-time defending Football Writers Association of America national champs, received nine of the 16 first-place votes after extending their winning streak to 33 games with a thrilling 50-42 win over Fresno 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 (10-0), which was idle, gained two first-place votes to move to within two poll points of the Trojans at No. 2. The Longhorns take their 17-game winning streak to College Station, Texas, on Friday. Miami, previously No. 3, was upset by Georgia Tech, 14-10, and fell to No. 10, allowing LSU and Penn State to move up the third and fourth, respectively. LSU hammered Ole Miss, 40-7, while Penn State completed its regular season with a 31-22 win at Michigan State to win the Big Ten title. Virginia Tech handled rival Virginia, 52-14, to move back into the Top 5.

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 seven conferences represented in this week's poll, the SEC now features four teams among the Top 16. The Pacific-10 boasts three.

Click here to see how and why each pollster voted

The complete poll for Nov. 21 is as follows:

FWAA GRANTLAND RICE SUPER 16 POLL (Nov. 21, 2005)
Rk. School [1st] Conference W-L Pts. Pvs. Next Game
1. USC [9] Pacific-10 11-0 249 1 12/3 vs. No. 11 UCLA
2. Texas [7] Big 12 10-0 247 2 11/25 at Texas A&M
3. LSU Southeastern 8-1 214 4 11/25 vs. Arkansas
4. Penn State Big Ten 10-1 212 5 Reg. season complete
5. Virginia Tech Atlantic Coast 9-1 177 7 11/26 vs. North Carolina
6. Notre Dame Independent 8-2 160 6 11/26 at Stanford
7. Ohio State Big Ten 9-2 158 9 Reg. season complete
8. Auburn Southeastern 9-2 132 10 Reg. season complete
9. Oregon Pacific-10 10-1 124 11 Reg. season complete
10. Miami Atlantic Coast 8-2 118 3 11/26 vs. Virginia
11. UCLA Pacific-10 9-1 90 12 12/3 at No. 1 USC
12. Georgia Southeastern 8-2 83 13 11/26 at Georgia Tech
13. West Virginia Big East 8-1 69 14 11/24 vs. Pittsburgh
14. Alabama Southeastern 9-2 48 8 Reg. season complete
15. Fresno State Western Athletic 8-2 35 - 11/26 at Nevada
16. TCU Mountain West 10-1 24 15 Reg. season complete
First-place votes: USC 9 (Bagnato, Condotta, Curtis, Davis, Dodd, Greenstein, Hartley, Koonz, Robbins); Texas 7 (Burchette, Coyle, Fiutak, Griffith, Hayes, Higgins, Shain).
Also receiving votes: Georgia Tech (7-3) 7, Michigan (7-4) 7, Texas Tech (9-2) 5, Clemson (7-4) 3, Louisville (7-2) 3.
Dropped out: Michigan (16).
By conference: SEC 4, Pac-10 3, ACC 2, Big Ten 2, Big 12 1, Big East 1, Mountain West 1, Western Athletic 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