|DALLAS (FWAA) – With their
24-7 win over Texas, the Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) 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. 9.
Smith threw for 269 two touchdowns and Anthony Gonzalez caught
eight passes for a career-high 142 yards as the Buckeyes snapped
Texas' national-best 21-game winning streak.
Ohio State is the top-ranked team in the Grantland Rice Super
16 preseason poll, which resumes on Oct. 16.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week
nominees for the weekend of Sept. 9 included:
• Akron (1-1): The Zips stunned N.C. State, 20-17,
on Dennis Kennedy's third touchdown run on the final play of
the game in Raleigh.
• New Hampshire (1-0): Ricky Santos ran for three
touchdowns and threw for two more as the Division I-AA
Wildcats upset Northwestern, 34,17, in Evanston.
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
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
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., and will be played on Jan. 8.
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