FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FWAA) – The
Alabama Crimson Tide captured the Grantland
Rice Trophy for the third time in four years, signaling
a dynasty in Tuscaloosa and continuing the validation of the
Southeastern Conference as the best league in college football.
Football Writers Association of America annually presents the
trophy to the top team in college football. A panel of veteran
FWAA voters handed Alabama its seventh Grantland Rice Trophy
after the Tide (13-1) defeated top-ranked Notre Dame, 42-14, in
the Discover BCS National Championship game on Monday night.
Alabama's seven Grantland Rice titles are the most of any
school. No other school has won more than five. It's also the
seventh straight season the SEC has claimed the Grantland Rice
Trophy: Alabama (2011-12). Auburn (2010), Alabama (2009),
Florida (2008), LSU (2007) and Florida (2006).
a pulverizing rushing game behind Eddie Lacy and the pinpoint
passing of quarterback AJ McCarron, Alabama rushed out to a 35-0
lead in the BCS title game. Previously unbeaten Notre Dame
didn't score until the third quarter.
Dating to the 2009
title game victory over Texas, Alabama went more than 108
minutes spanning three BCS title games without allowing a score.
The Crimson Tide shut out LSU in last year's title game, 21-0.
The FWAA made the presentation of the Grantland Rice Trophy
to Alabama Coach Nick Saban during a news conference on Tuesday
"I feel great for our players, fans,
administration, and the people of Alabama," Saban said after the
game. "Our guys maintained their focus and played through the
adversity of winning during a tough season and difficult
schedule. My job is to put the players in position to win. I
want them to be able to look back 25 years from now and say they
won the national championship."
Alabama's other FWAA
national titles were in 1965 (along with co-winner Michigan
State), 1978, 1979 and 1992. Bear Bryant was the coach of three
of those Alabama teams, with Gene Stallings leading the 1992
club. It's the second time the Crimson Tide has been a repeat
winner of the Grantland Rice Trophy. That has only happened five
times in the history of the award. Oklahoma also won
back-to-back FWAA titles in 1955 and '56 under Coach Bud
Wilkinson. Like Alabama, Nebraska has done it twice in 1970 and
'71 under Bob Devaney and in '94 and '95 under Tom Osborne.
The Grantland Rice Trophy has been presented by the Football
Writers Association of America to college football's national champion
since 1954. Named for the legendary sportswriter, the Grantland
Rice Trophy was the first national championship award to be presented
after the college football postseason.
Although the FWAA does not conduct a final poll rating the
Top 16 teams in the country at the end of the season, it will
conduct a pre-season poll during the summer. The poll will be
released in late August before the beginning of the 2013 season.
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.
• All-time Grantland
Rice Trophy winners