Sept. 2: Tennessee Sept. 9: Ohio State Sept. 16: Michigan Sept. 23: Notre Dame Sept. 30: Georgia Tech Oct. 7: Arkansas Oct. 14: Indiana Oct. 21: Michigan State Oct. 28: Oregon State Nov. 4: Lousiville Nov. 11: Rutgers Nov. 18: Cincinnati Nov. 25: Texas A&M
Football Writers Association of America Sept. 5, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
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Vols bust out in opener vs. Cal
TENNESSEE IS TOSTITOS FIESTA
BOWL NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK
DALLAS (FWAA) With their 35-18 win over California, the Tennessee Volunteers are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, as selected by the pollsters of the FWAA's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll for games of the weekend of Sept. 2.

Erik Ainge threw four touchdown passes, including a pair to Robert Meachem, as the Vols ended a 6-game home losing streak to teams ranked in the Top 10 in front of 106,609 fans at Neyland Stadium.

"We all felt disrespected," Ainge said after the game. "This game tonight wasn't just for Tennessee versus California. It was for the South versus the West Coast, the SEC versus the Pac-10."

Ainge finished the night 11-for-17 for 291 yards.

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 2 included:

Florida (1-0): Chris Leak threw three touchdown passes as the Gators cruised by Southern Miss, 34-7.

Montana State (1-0): The Division I-AA Bobcats stunned Colorado, 19-10, in Boulder.

Northwestern (1-0): The Wildcats opened the season with a 21-3 win over Miami (Ohio) in the first game after the death of head coach Randy Walker.

The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the second season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The 16 pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll decide the weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2006 college football season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through Nov. 27.

The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll will resume this season on Oct. 16. The top-ranked team in the final poll will be awarded the Grantland Rice Trophy as the FWAA's national champion. The FWAA has awarded the trophy each season since 1954. Texas is the defending FWAA national champion and Ohio State is ranked No. 1 in the initial 2006 poll.

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 new Tostitos BCS Championship Game, moves to the new Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The BCS title game will be played on Jan. 8.

For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, go to www.footballwriters.com or www.fiestabowl.org.

2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 2: Tennessee Volunteers
Weekend of Sept. 9: Ohio State Buckeyes
Weekend of Sept. 16: Michigan Wolverines
Weekend of Sept. 23: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Weekend of Sept. 30: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Weekend of Oct. 7: Arkansas Razorbacks
Weekend of Oct. 14: Indiana Hoosiers
Weekend of Oct. 21: Michigan State Spartans
Weekend of Oct. 28: Oregon State Beavers
Weekend of Nov. 4: Louisville Cardinals
Weekend of Nov. 11: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Weekend of Nov. 18: Cincinnati Bearcats
Weekend of Nov. 25: Texas A&M Aggies
2006 FWAA/GRANTLAND RICE SUPER 16 POLLSTERS
Mark Anderson
Las Vegas Review Journal
Olin Buchanan
Rivals.com
Jordan Burchette
Maxim Online
Bob Condotta
Seattle Times
Frank Coyle
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Brian Davis
The Dallas Morning News
Dennis Dodd
CBS SportsLine
Pete Fiutak
College Football News
Teddy Greenstein
Chicago Tribune
Mike Griffith
Knoxville News-Sentinel
Matt Hayes
The Sporting News
Ron Higgins
The Commercial Appeal
Brian Koonz
Danbury News-Times
Lenn Robbins
New York Post
Jeff Shain
Miami Herald
Kalani Simpson
Honolulu Star-Bulletin