Sept. 3: TCU Sept. 10: LSU Sept. 17: Michigan State Sept. 24: South Florida Oct. 1: Alabama Oct. 8: Penn State Oct. 15: USC Oct. 22: Northwestern Oct. 29: South Carolina Nov. 5: Miami Nov. 12: South Carolina Nov. 19: Georgia Tech Nov. 26: Nevada
Football Writers Association of America Sept. 26, 2005
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Bulls upstage Louisville in Big East debut
SOUTH FLORIDA IS TOSTITOS FIESTA
BOWL NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK
DALLAS (FWAA) With their 45-14 win over Louisville, the South Florida Bulls are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, as selected by the pollsters of the FWAA's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll for games of the weekend of Sept. 24.

Receiver Amarri Jackson ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third and the Bulls jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back in registering the program's first-ever win over a ranked team. The win also ended the nation's third-longest winning streak at nine games.

It was the first Big East Conference game for each school. Two years ago, USF upset Louisville in the two schools' Conference USA debut.

"We still haven't seen our best performance yet. I just don't believe we have," Jackson said. "Once we connect, it's going to be scary."

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 24 included:

Minnesota (4-0): Gary Russell scored three touchdowns, the last in overtime, as the Gophers moved to 4-0 with a 42-35 win over Purdue. Lawrence Maroney added 217 yards on the ground.

Ohio State (3-1): Troy Smith ran for two scores and passed for two others and the Buckeyes held Iowa to 137 yards of total offense in a 31-6 win.

USC (3-0): The Trojans scored 45 unanswered points as Matt Leinart threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-13 win at Oregon.

Wisconsin (4-0): Quarterback John Stocco's 4-yard touchdown run in the final minute gave the Badgers their first win over Michigan since 1994, 23-20.

The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the first season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The 16 pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll decide the weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2005 college football season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through Nov. 28.

The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll will resume this season on Oct. 10. The top-ranked team in the final poll will be awarded the Grantland Rice Trophy as the FWAA's national champion. The FWAA has awarded the trophy each season since 1954. USC is the two-time defending FWAA national champion and is ranked No. 1 in the initial 2005 poll.

Since 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Tempe, Ariz., have hosted five games that have decided the college football national championship, including two Bowl Championship Series title games. The 2006 game will be played on Jan. 2 and will be the final game played at Sun Devil Stadium. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, along with the BCS Championship Game, will move to the new Multi-Purpose Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., beginning in 2007.

For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, go to www.footballwriters.com or www.tostitosfiestabowl.com.

2005 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 3: TCU Horned Frogs
Weekend of Sept. 10: LSU Tigers
Weekend of Sept. 17: Michigan State Spartans
Weekend of Sept. 24: South Florida Bulls
Weekend of Oct. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide
Weekend of Oct. 8: Penn State Nittany Lions
Weekend of Oct. 15: USC Trojans
Weekend of Oct. 22: Northwestern Wildcats
Weekend of Oct. 29: South Carolina Gamecocks
Weekend of Nov. 5: Miami Hurricanes
Weekend of Nov. 12: South Carolina Gamecocks
Weekend of Nov. 19: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Weekend of Nov. 26: Nevada Wolf Pack
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