DALLAS (FWAA) – The Ohio State Buckeyes, now 9-0
after after a 44-0 whipping of Minnesota, 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. 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 for the second straight week.
The Big Ten has the top two ranked teams as Michigan remained
at No. 2 after holding off Northwestern, 17-3. West Virginia, at
7-0 and getting set to face fellow Big East unbeaten Louisville,
moved up to No. 3 and Texas also moved up a spot with its 35-31
comeback win over Texas Tech. After having its 27-game Pac-10 winning
streak snapped at Oregon State, USC dropped six spots to No. 9.
The Southeastern Conference continues to boast five of the 16
ranked teams. Florida, now at No. 5, is the highest-ranked SEC team.
Auburn (No. 6), Tennessee (No. 8), Arkansas (No. 12) and LSU (No.
14) are also in the rankings.
Wisconsin replaces Clemson in the poll and is ranked No. 16.
The Badgers are the third Big Ten team to appear in the FWAA rankings.
California moves up to No 10 and is the second Pac-10 team to
be ranked, while Boise State keeps pace for the WAC at at No. 15.
The complete poll through games of Oct. 29 is as follows:
FWAA GRANTLAND RICE
SUPER 16 POLL (OCT. 31)
||Ohio State 
||11/4 vs. Illinois
||11/2 vs. Ball State
||11/2 at No. 7 Louisville
||11/4 vs. Oklahoma State
||11/2 at Vanderbilt
||11/4 vs. Arkansas State
||11/2 vs. No. 3 West Virginia
||11/4 vs. No. 14 LSU
||11/4 at Stanford
||11/4 vs. UCLA
||11/4 vs. North Carolina
||11/4 at South Carolina
||11/9 vs. No. 7 Louisville
||11/4 at No. 8 Tennessee
||11/1 vs. Fresno State
||11/4 vs. Penn State
|Also receiving votes:
Boston College (7-1) 15, Clemson (7-2) 5, Georgia Tech (6-2)
2, Oklahoma (6-2) 1, Texas A&M (8-1) 1, Wake Forest (7-1)
|Dropped out: Clemson
SEC (5), Big East (3), Big Ten (3), Pac-10 (2), 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.