DALLAS (FWAA) – The Florida Gators will win their
third Grantland Rice Trophy in four seasons if a panel of
Football Writers Association of America members is correct.
The defending national champion Gators were a near unanimous choice
to claim the 2009 national title.
Selected No. 1 on 20 of 21 ballots by a group of national writers,
the Gators would become the first team in history to win the Grantland
Rice Trophy three times in a four-year period. It would be only
the sixth time a school has won it back-to-back. The Grantland Rice
Trophy previously has been claimed by Oklahoma (1955-56), Nebraska
(1970-71 and 1994-95), Alabama (1978-79) and USC (2003-04) in back-to-back
FWAA voters selected Big 12 powers Texas and Oklahoma next, followed
by USC, the last school to win back-to-back Grantland Rice trophies.
Alabama, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State
and Penn State rounded out the first 10. Teams 11-15 are LSU, California,
Oregon, Georgia and Boise State (tie). There were five Southeastern
Conference schools in the rankings - the most of any conference.
2009 PRESEASON GRANTLAND RICE POLL
||vs. Charleston Southern
||vs. BYU (Arlington, Texas)
||vs. San Jose State
||vs. Virginia Tech (Atlanta)
||vs. Alabama (Atlanta)
||at Boise State
||at Oklahoma State
are from the 2008 season
SEC 5, Big 12 3, Pac-10 3, Big Ten 2, ACC 1, WAC 1.
The 2009 Grantland Rice Trophy will be awarded by a vote of selected
board members and past presidents of the association after the Citi
BCS Championship Game. It will be presented to the FWAA's national
champion the morning after the BCS title game in Los Angeles.
The Grantland Rice Trophy, given to college football's
national champion since 1954, is named in memory of the legendary
sportswriter. It was the first national championship awarded presented
after college football's post-season.
While the FWAA will not conduct a weekly poll this season, it
will present the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week
each Monday, as selected by a panel of select FWAA members. This
marks the eighth season the FWAA will present a team of the week.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 men and women 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 and its annual All-America
team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
Richardson at email@example.com or 972-713-6198.