GLENDALE, Ariz. (FWAA) – With their 41-14 win over Ohio
State in the Tostitos BCS National Championship game, the Florida
Gators (13-1) claimed the 2006 Grantland Rice Trophy
as voted by the pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll. The
Gators were presented with the trophy at a Tuesday news conference
after earning all 16 first-place votes.
|FWAA president Mike Griffith presents
the Grantland Rice Trophy to Florida coach Urban Meyer.
The Gators held previously-unbeaten Ohio State, winners of the
2002 trophy, to 82 yards of total offense, eight first downs and
just 19:12 of possession time in earning their second Grantland
Ohio State was the top-ranked team in the Super 16's preseason
poll and was ranked No. 1 in each of the seven regular-season polls.
The Buckeyes finished in a tie for No. 2 with LSU. Florida was ranked
No. 8 to start the season by the FWAA pollsters. Boise State, the
nation's lone unbeaten team, was ranked 4th in the final poll.
Overall, schools from the SEC have won nine Grantland Rice trophies.
This is the first by an SEC school since Tennessee won the award
in 1998. The SEC had four teams in the final Super 16 poll, the
most of any conference. The Big East and Big Ten each had three
ranked teams. Florida is also the third different school from the
state of Florida to win the FWAA's national title since 1999 (Florida
State, 1999; Miami, 2001).
The complete final 2006 poll is as follows:
FWAA GRANTLAND RICE
SUPER 16 POLL (FINAL)
||d. Ohio State, 41-14
||d. Notre Dame, 41-14
||lost to Florida, 41-14
||d. Oklahoma, 43-42
||d. Michigan, 32-18
||d. Wake Forest, 24-13
||d. Arkansas, 17-14
||d. Nebraska, 17-14
||lost to USC, 32-18
||d. Georgia Tech, 38-35
||d. Kansas State, 37-10
||lost to Boise State,
||d. Texas A&M, 45-10
||d. Iowa, 26-24
||d. Oregon, 38-8
||lost to Wisconsin, 17-14
|Also receiving votes:
Notre Dame (10-3) 15, Wake Forest (11-3) 11, Virginia Tech
(10-3) 8, Oregon State (10-4) 5, Boston College (10-3) 5,
Hawaii (11-3) 4, TCU (11-2) 2, Georgia (9-4) 1.
|Dropped out: Notre
Dame (12), Virginia Tech (t15) Wake Forest (t15)
SEC (4), Big East (3), Big Ten (3), Big 12 (2), Pac-10 (2),
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 addition to the poll, the 16 pollsters also decided the
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week. For the second
straight season, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl presented 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 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.
All-time Grantland Rice Trophy winners from the SEC:
1965 Alabama (share with Michigan State)
1960 Ole Miss
• All-time Grantland
Rice Trophy winners