DALLAS (FWAA) – The Ohio State Buckeyes, now 8-0
after after a 44-3 taming on Indiana, remain the top ranked team
in the Football Writers Association of America's Grantland Rice
Super 16 Poll.
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, received all 16
first-place votes this week. Last week, the Buckeyes laid claim
to 15 of those coveted No. 1 votes.
The top five teams i n the poll remained the same, with
Michigan, USC, West Virginia and Texas remaining in place.
Though the Big Ten still has the top two teams in the rankings, the
Southeastern Conference continues to boast five of the 16 ranked teams.
now at No. 6, is the highest-ranked SEC team. Florida (No. 7), Tennessee
(No. 9), Arkansas (No. 13) and LSU (No. 15) are also in the
Rutgers, at 7-0, makes its first-ever visit to the Super 16.
The upstart Scarlet Knights give the Big East three ranked
schools. While No. 4 West Virginia and No. 8 Louisville are off
this Saturday, the two meet a week from Thursday in Louisville.
Despite dropping from No. 11 to a tie for 13th, California is
the second Pac-10 team to be ranked, along with No. 3 USC.
Texas continues to be lone ranked team from the Big 12, while Boise State
keeps pace for the WAC at at No. 16. Georgia Tech is the only
team to fall from the rankings this week, leaving the ACC with
just one ranked team (Clemson at No. 10).
The complete poll through games of Oct. 22 is as follows:
FWAA GRANTLAND RICE
SUPER 16 POLL (OCT. 24)
||Ohio State 
||10/28 vs. Minnesota
||10/28 vs. Northwestern
||10/28 at Oregon State
||11/2 at No. 8 Louisville
||10/28 at Texas Tech
||10/28 at Ole Miss
||10/28 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
||11/2 vs. No. 4 West Virginia
||10/28 at South Carolina
||10/26 at Virginia Tech
||10/28 at Navy (Baltimore)
||10/28 vs. Louisiana-Monroe
||11/4 vs. UCLA
||10/29 vs. Connecticut
||11/4 at No. 9 Tennessee
||11/1 vs. Fresno State
|Also receiving votes:
Wisconsin (7-1) 18, Boston College (6-1) 7, Missouri
(7-1) 5, Georgia Tech (5-2) 3, Nebraska (6-2) 1.
|Dropped out: Georgia
SEC (5), Big East (3), Big Ten (2), Pac-10 (2), ACC (1),
Big 12 (1), Independents (1), WAC (1).
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
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 season.
For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team
of the Week, go to
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founded in 1941, consists of more than 900 men and women across
North America who cover college football for a living. The membership
includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key
executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards, a
national poll and its annual All-America team.