Football Writers Association of America Aug. 22, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
Sooners garner 7 of 15 first-place votes
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The Grantland
Rice Trophy

DALLAS (FWAA) – The Oklahoma Sooners are favored to win the Grantland Rice Trophy in the Football Writers Association of America's annual preseason poll.

Oklahoma, which won the Big 12 title last season, would snap a string of five straight Southeastern Conference teams to win the FWAA trophy if the FWAA voters are accurate. Auburn won the trophy last season, Alabama in 2009, Florida in 2008 and 2006, and LSU in 2007.

The Grantland Rice Trophy has been awarded to the top team in college football by the FWAA since 1954. Oklahoma last won the Grantland Rice Trophy in 2000. The Sooners have claimed the FWAA Trophy a total of five times (1955, 1956, 1975, 1985 and 2000).

The Sooners garnered seven first-place votes to Alabama’s five. LSU, Stanford and South Carolina each received one first-place vote. Oklahoma’s 229 points easily outdistanced second place Alabama, which was followed by Oregon, Boise State and LSU. Oregon and LSU will face each other in their season opener on Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Florida State, Stanford, Nebraska, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M. The SEC had the most
teams in the Super 16 with four (Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and South Carolina). The Big 12 had the next most with three. No other conference had more than two teams in the Super 16.

Rank School [1st] Conference Pts. W-L Opening Game
1. Oklahoma [7] Big 12 229 12-2 vs. Tulsa
2. Alabama [5] SEC 213 10-3 vs. Kent State
3. Oregon Pac-12 196 12-1 vs. No. 5 LSU
4. Boise State Mountain West 175 12-1 vs. Georgia
5. LSU [1] SEC 174 11-2 vs. No. 3 Oregon
6. Florida State ACC 162 10-4 vs. ULM
7. Stanford [1] Pac-12 136 12-1 vs. San Jose State
8. Nebraska Big Ten 107 10-4 vs. Chattanooga
9. Virginia Tech ACC 106 11-3 vs. Appalachian State
10. Texas A&M Big 12 91 9-4 vs. SMU
11. Oklahoma State Big 12 84 11-2 vs. Louisiana
12. Arkansas SEC 62 10-3 vs. Missouri State
13. Notre Dame Independent 58 8-5 vs. USF
14. Wisconsin Big Ten 50 11-2 vs. UNLV
15. South Carolina [1] SEC 49 9-5 vs. East Carolina
16. TCU Mountain West 37 13-0 at Baylor
Records are from the 2010 season

The 2011 Grantland Rice Trophy will be awarded by a vote of selected board members and past presidents of the association after the Allstate BCS Championship Game. It will be presented to the FWAA's national champion the morning after the BCS title game in New Orleans.

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 tenth 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 or 972-713-6198.