DALLAS (FWAA) – The Alabama Crimson
Tide is the favorite to win an unprecedented third straight
FWAA national championship – and a fourth in five years –
following a preseason vote by selected FWAA members in the
Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll.
Alabama successfully defended its national title last season
and won its seventh Grantland Rice Trophy – the most of any
team in college football. Alabama has won FWAA titles in 1965, 1978,
1979, 1992, 2009, 2011 and 2012. The Tide return a strong nucleus
of players and are the favorites to win the rugged Southeastern
In the preseason poll, the Crimson Tide is followed by Ohio State,
the only other team to receive first-place votes. Oregon, Stanford
and Georgia round out the Top 5.
Half of the Top 12 teams in the poll are from the Southeastern
Conference, starting with the top-ranked Crimson Tide and followed
by No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 South Carolina, No. 8 Texas A&M, No.
10 Florida and No. 12 LSU. An SEC team has claimed the last seven
Grantland Rice Trophies since Texas won in 2005.
2013 PRESEASON GRANTLAND RICE POLL
||Aug. 31 vs. Virginia Tech (Atlanta)
||Ohio State 
||Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo
||Aug. 31 vs. Nicholls
||Sept. 7 vs. San Jose State
||Aug. 31 vs. at Clemson
||Aug. 29 vs. North Carolina
||Aug. 31 vs. Georgia
||Aug. 31 vs. Rice
||Sept. 1 vs. Ohio
||Aug. 31 vs. Toledo
||Sept. 2 at Pittsburgh
||Aug. 31 vs. TCU (Arlington)
||Aug. 31 vs. Miss. St. (Houston)
||Aug. 31 vs. Temple
||Aug. 31 vs. New Mexico State
||Aug. 31 vs. Central Michigan
are from the 2012 season
The 2013 Grantland Rice Trophy will be awarded by a vote of selected
board members and past presidents of the association after the Vizio
BCS National Championship. It will be presented to the FWAA's national
champion the morning after the BCS title game in Pasadena.
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 award presented after college
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 FWAA members. This
marks the 12th season the FWAA will present a national team of the week.
Each week, the winner will be announced exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's
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.
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.