Hokies Move Up To Number 2 In Rice Poll
Poll voted on by national sportswriters
October 7, 2002

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DALLAS - The unbeaten Miami Hurricanes remained the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the FWAA/Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll. The 'Canes, winners of the 2001 Grantland Rice Trophy, once again earned all 16 first-place votes from the national panel after earning their 27th straight win, 48-14, over soon-to-be BIG EAST foe Connecticut.

Virginia Tech, No. 4 in last week's poll, vaulted to the No. 2 spot, ahead of Texas and Oklahoma, after both the Longhorns and Sooners struggled to win tough conference games. The Hokies made the jump after enjoying a week off in preparation for Boston College. Texas survived a scare from Oklahoma State, 17-15, and OU used a fake field goal to edge Missouri, 31-24, on the road.

Washington State (12) and Michigan (14) both returned to the poll after a one-week absence and Penn State made its Super 16 debut at No. 15. Kansas State, Washington and USC dropped out. Florida dropped to No. 16 after its 17-14 loss to Ole Miss.

The FWAA/Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll, which has made its debut this season, will decide the winner of the Grantland Rice Trophy, the FWAA's national championship award presented since 1954. The presentation will be made on Sat., Jan. 4 in Tempe, Ariz., following the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.