Football Writers Association of America Nov. 28, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
Penn State moves up to No. 3

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 9 of the 16 first-place votes after enjoying an idle week to prepare for crosstown rival UCLA. The Trojans' winning streak stands at 33 games as they prepare to finish the regular season. USC has won a record six FWAA national titles after winning each of the last two.

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Texas (11-0), pulled away from rival Texas A&M, 42-29, and kept its seven first-place votes to remain just two points behind USC in the balloting. The Longhorns try to finish out the slate with the Big 12 title game vs. Colorado this weekend. Texas has won 18 in a row, the nation's second longest winning streak.

Penn State, already 10-1 and the Big Ten champion, awaits its BCS bowl berth and moved up to No. 3 as LSU struggled to hold off Arkansas, 19-17, just prior to its appearance in the SEC championship in Atlanta on Saturday where Georgia awaits. Virginia Tech mowed down North Carolina, 30-3, to improve to 10-1 and earn a berth in the ACC title game in Jacksonville. The Hokies remain No. 5 in the poll.

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 five teams among the Top 16 with Florida moving into the rankings. The Pacific-10 has three among the Super 16.

Click here to see how and why each pollster voted

The complete poll for Nov. 28 is as follows:

Rk. School [1st] Conference W-L Pts. Pvs. Next Game
1. USC [9] Pacific-10 11-0 249 1 12/3 vs. No. 12 UCLA
2. Texas [7] Big 12 11-0 247 2 12/3 vs. Colorado
3. Penn State Big Ten 10-1 217 4 Reg. season complete
4. LSU Southeastern 10-1 206 3 12/3 vs. No. 11 Georgia
5. Virginia Tech Atlantic Coast 10-1 180 5 12/3 vs. Florida State
6. Notre Dame Independent 9-2 168 6 Reg. season complete
7. Ohio State Big Ten 9-2 167 7 Reg. season complete
t8. Auburn Southeastern 9-2 128 8 Reg. season complete
t8. Oregon Pacific-10 10-1 128 9 Reg. season complete
10. Miami Atlantic Coast 9-2 110 10 Reg. season complete
11. Georgia Southeastern 9-2 91 12 12/3 vs. No. 4 LSU
12. UCLA Pacific-10 9-1 90 11 12/3 at No. 1 USC
13. West Virginia Big East 9-1 81 13 12/3 at South Florida
14. Alabama Southeastern 9-2 51 14 Reg. season complete
15. TCU Mountain West 10-1 28 16 Reg. season complete
16. Florida Southeastern 8-3 10 - 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: Texas Tech 8, Michigan 6, Louisville 5, Wisconsin 4, Boston College 1, Fresno State 1..
Dropped out: Fresno State (15).
By conference: SEC 5, Pac-10 3, ACC 2, Big Ten 2, Big 12 1, Big East 1, Mountain West 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, or Ted Gangi, FWAA webmaster (214-823-7992,

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)

Andy Bagnato
Arizona Republic
Jordan Burchette
Maxim Online
Bob Condotta
Seattle Times
Frank Coyle
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