DALLAS (FWAA) – The USC Trojans are the top-ranked
team in the Football Writers Association of America's preseason
Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll. The Trojans easily outdistanced
second-ranked LSU, picking up 109 of the 133 first-place votes cast.
It's the third time in four years USC has been picked No. 1 by the
FWAA in the preseason.
USC has won a record six Grantland Rice Trophies, including back-to-back
national titles in 2003-04. The Trojans finished the 2006 season
ranked No. 5 in the Grantland Rice Super 16. LSU starts 2007 where
it finished a year ago. The Tigers were tied with Ohio State at
No. 2 in last season's final rankings.
Including LSU, with its 17 first-place votes, six teams received
first-place votes. No. 3 West Virginia had two, followed by No.
4 Michigan (1), No. 5 Texas (3) and defending Grantland Rice Trophy
winner, No. 6 Florida (1). Rounding out the preseason top 10 are
Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Louisville.
The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with five ranked
teams, including two of the top six. The Big Ten and Pac-10 each
boast three teams, while the Big East and Big 12 each have two ranked
teams. The ACC is the other conference represented in the poll with
GRANTLAND RICE SUPER 16 POLL (PRESEASON)
||at Mississippi State
||West Virginia 
||vs. Western Michigan
||vs. Appalachian State
||vs. Arkansas State
||vs. Western Kentucky
||vs. Washington State
||vs. North Texas
||vs. East Carolina
||vs. Murray State
||vs. Youngstown State
||vs. No. 16 Tennessee
||vs. Oklahoma State
||vs. Kansas State
||at No. 12 California
and previous rankings are from the 2006 season
|Also receiving votes:
Rutgers 191, Florida State 183, Penn State 170, Arkansas
108, Nebraska 89, Hawaii 77, TCU 64, Boise State 48, Texas
A&M 42, South Carolina 40, Alabama 38, Miami 33, Georgia
Tech 28, Notre Dame 25, Boston College 22, Oregon 21, Oregon
State 14, Missouri 11, Illinois 8, Oklahoma State 6, Arizona
State 5, BYU 5, USF 4, Wake Forest 2, Clemson 1, Colorado
1, Iowa 1, Kentucky 1, Southern Miss 1, Purdue 1.
SEC 5, Big Ten 3, Pac-10 3, Big East 2, Big 12 2, ACC 1.
This season, the FWAA invited each of its members to take part
in the preseason poll. Unlike each of the past five years, there
will not be a weekly FWAA poll this year. For the past five seasons,
the final Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll has determined the winner
of the Grantland Rice Trophy, given to college football's national
champion since 1954. The trophy, named in memory of the legendary
sportswriter, was the first national championship awarded presented
after college football's post-season.
In 2007, the Grantland Rice Trophy will be awarded after a vote
of selected board members and past presidents of the association.
It will be presented to the FWAA's national champion following the
BCS Championship game in New Orleans.
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. For
more information on the FWAA and its award programs, contact executive
director Steve Richardson at 972-713-6198.