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 Oct. 23, 2006
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Spartans complete greatest comeback in Division I history
MICHIGAN STATE IS TOSTITOS FIESTA
BOWL NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) With their 41-38 win over Northwestern, the Michigan State Spartans (4-4) 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 Oct. 21.

Trailing 38-3 in the third quarter, Michigan State ripped off 38 unanswered points to even their record on the season. Brett Swenson capped the rally with a 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left.

"The ones who really deserve the credit are those guys," Michigan State coach John L. Smith said after the game. "They played the game, they believed in each other. They continued to fight, they pulled together and deserved everything they got today."

Until Michigan State's win, the biggest comeback in Division I-A was 31 points when Maryland beat Miami 42-40 on Nov. 10, 1984, and when Ohio State defeated Minnesota 41-37 on Oct. 28, 1989.

Michigan State is the fourth Big Ten team to earn national team of the week honors this season. The Spartans have now earned the honor at least once in each of the last three seasons.

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Oct. 21 included:

Clemson (7-1): James Davis ran for a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers blew past Georgia Tech, 31-7.

Notre Dame (6-1): Jeff Samardzija caught a 45-yard touchdown pass with 27 seconds left leading the Fighting Irish to a 20-17 come-from-behind win over UCLA.

Rutgers (7-0): The Scarlet Knights improved to 7-0 for the first time in 30 years with a 20-10 win at Pittsburgh. Ray Rice ran for 225 yards in the win.

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, released each Tuesday, has resumed this season. 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 most current 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., and 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
MSNBC | draftinsiders.com
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