DALLAS (FWAA) – The Ohio State Buckeyes, now 10-0
after holding on for a 17-10 win over Illinois, 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 15 of the
votes. Louisville, after its 44-34 win over previously unbeaten
West Virginia, picked up the other first-place vote and moved up
to No. 3 in the poll.
The Big Ten continues to have the top two ranked teams as Michigan remained
at No. 2 after holding off pesky Ball State, 34-26. Texas kept
pace at No. 4 with a 36-10 romp over Oklahoma State.
The Southeastern Conference continues to boast five of the 16
ranked teams. Florida, still at No. 5, is the highest-ranked SEC team.
Auburn (No. 6), Arkansas (No. 10) and LSU (No.
13) and Tennessee (No. 16) are also in the rankings.
West Virginia, among three Big East schools in the Super 16,
fell to No. 11 as USC, California, Notre Dame and Arkansas each
moved up two spots.
No teams were dropped from the rankings this week, but
Tennessee's loss to LSU moved the Vols down from No. 8 to No. 16
and LSU moved up one spot to No. 13.
The complete poll through games of Nov. 5 is as follows:
FWAA GRANTLAND RICE
SUPER 16 POLL (NOV. 7)
||Ohio State 
||11/11 at Northwestern
||11/11 at Indiana
||11/9 at No. 12 Rutgers
||11/11 at Kansas State
||11/11 vs. South Carolina
||11/11 vs. Georgia
||11/11 vs. Oregon
||11/11 at Arizona
||11/11 at Air Force
||11/11 vs. No. 16 Tennessee
||11/11 vs. Cincinnati
||11/9 vs. No. 3 Louisville
||11/11 vs. Alabama
||11/11 at San Jose State
||11/11 at Iowa
||11/11 at No. 10 Arkansas
|Also receiving votes:
Wake Forest (8-1) 12, Oklahoma (7-2) 6, Georgia Tech (7-2)
|Dropped out: None.
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
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
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.