DALLAS (FWAA) – The Ohio State Buckeyes, off to a 7-0
start after opening the season as the preseason No. 1, remain the top
ranked team in the Football Writers Association of America's
Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll.
|The FWAA debuts
the Grantland Rice
Super 16 Blog with the 2006 preseason
poll. Check out how each pollster
voted and why at
Ohio State, a five-time winner of the Grantland Rice Trophy as the
national champion as chosen by the FWAA, has yet to
falter in gaining 15 of the 16 first-place votes. West Virginia, at 6-0,
received the only other No. 1 vote.
While the Buckeyes lay claim to the top spot in the first
regular-season rankings released by the FWAA, it's conference rival
Michigan that has moved up to No. 2 from the No. 12 spot in the
Though the Big Ten has the top two teams in the rankings, the
Southeastern Conference boasts five of the 16 ranked teams. Florida, at
No. 6, is the highest-ranked SEC team. Auburn (No. 8), Tennessee (No.
9), Arkansas (No. 13) and LSU (No. 15) show the SEC's strength at the
midway point of the season.
Three other conferences each have a pair of teams in the poll,
including the Big East as No. 7 Louisville joins West Virginia in the
poll. USC and California represent the Pac-10 and ACC foes Clemson and
Georgia Tech - who play each other this week - are among the ranked
Texas is the lone ranked team from the Big 12, while Boise State
joins the rankings at No. 16 and is the only team from the WAC in the
poll. Notre Dame, No. 2 in the preseason poll, drops to No. 10.
The complete poll through games of Oct. 15 is as follows:
FWAA GRANTLAND RICE SUPER 16 POLL
||Ohio State 
||10/21 vs. Indiana
||10/21 vs. Iowa
||10/28 at Oregon State
||West Virginia 
||10/20 at Connecticut
||10/21 at Nebraska
||10/28 vs. Georgia
||10/21 at Syracuse
||10/21 vs. Tulane
||10/21 vs. Alabama
||10/21 vs. UCLA
||10/21 vs. Washington
||10/21 vs. No. 14 Georgia Tech
||10/21 vs. Ole Miss
||10/21 at No. 12 Clemson
||10/21 vs. Fresno State
||10/21 at Idaho
|Also receiving votes:
Oregon (5-1) 23, Rutgers (6-0) 16, Wisconsin (6-1) 9, Boston College
(5-1) 8, Nebraska (6-1) 8, Missouri (6-1) 4, Texas A&M (6-1) 4.
|Dropped out: Florida State
(10), Miami (13), Oklahoma (14), Iowa (15), Georgia (16).
|By conference: SEC (5), Big
East (2), Big Ten (2), Pac-10 (2), ACC (2), Big 12 (1), Independents
(1), WAC (1).
Previous ranking is from the preseason poll
The Grantland Rice Trophy has been presented to the national champion
in college football since 1954. Named in honor of the legendary
sportswriter who passed away in 1954, the trophy was the first national
championship award to be presented following college football's
In 2002, the FWAA introduced the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll to
determine the association's national champion. The 16
regionally-balanced voters will not present weekly rankings and will make their ballots public. For the first time,
those ballots will be also posted online at
an interactive weblog.
In addition to the poll, the 16 pollsters also decide the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week. For the second straight season,
the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will take part in presenting the weekly honor. Since
1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has hosted five games
that have decided the college football national championship, including
two Bowl Championship Series title games. The 2007 game will be played
on Jan. 1. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, along with the Tostitos BCS
Championship Game, moves to the new stadium in Glendale, Ariz., this
For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team
of the Week, go to
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