DALLAS (FWAA) – The Alabama Crimson Tide is the favorite
to repeat as the Grantland Rice Trophy champion in the
Football Writers Association of America's annual preseason poll.
Alabama, which finished 14-0 last season after beating Texas
in Pasadena, Calif., would become the fifth straight Southeastern
Conference team to win the FWAA trophy if the voters are
accurate. Before last season, Florida won in 2008 and '06 and LSU
Alabama claimed nine of 15 first-place votes and tallied 231
votes in the poll. Ohio State, which garnered three first-place
votes, was second with 205 points. Boise State had two first-place
votes and was third with 199 points. The other first-place vote
from the 15 voters went to Nebraska, which was eighth in the poll
with 133 points.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Nebraska,
Virginia Tech and Iowa.
2010 PRESEASON GRANTLAND RICE POLL
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||Ohio State 
||Boise State 
||vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech
||vs. Miami (Ohio)
||vs. Utah State
||vs. Oregon State
||vs. Western Kentucky
||vs. No. 3 Boise State
||vs. Eastern Illinois
||vs. New Mexico
||vs. Florida A&M
||vs. Arkansas State
are from the 2009 season
The 2010 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 Scottsdale, Ariz.
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 ninth 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 1,200 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.