Football Writers Association of America
Grantland Rice Award National Championship

Winners prior to 1992

1954 UCLA
1955 Oklahoma                    Grantland Rice, dean of American sports-
1956 Oklahoma                    writers was born Novemember 1, 1880 and died
1957 Ohio State                  July 12, 1954.  Tim Cohane, sports editor of
1958 Iowa                        Look magazine from 1944 to 1965, founded
1959 Syracuse                    the Grantland Rice Award to honor the annual
1960 Mississippi                 college football national champion as
1961 Ohio State                  selected by the Football Writers Association
1962 USC                         of America.
1963 Texas
1964 Arkansas
1965 Alabama & Michigan State
1966 Notre Dame
1967 USC
1968 Ohio State
1969 Texas
1970 Nebraska
1971 Nebraska
1972 USC
1973 Notre Dame
1974 USC
1975 Oklahoma
1976 Pittsburgh
1977 Notre Dame
1978 Alabama
1979 Alabama
1980 Georgia
1981 Clemson
1982 Penn State
1983 Miami FL
1984 Brigham Young
1985 Oklahoma
1986 Penn State
1987 Miami FL
1988 Notre Dame
1989 Miami FL
1990 Colorado
1991 Washington

1992 SEASON

Voted on by a four-man panel including Mike Lopresti, Gannett News Service; Bill Lumpkin, Birmingham (Alabama) Post-Herald; Ivan Maisel, The Dallas Morning News; and Ed Sherman, Chicago Tribune. Each voter fills out a three-team ballot. First place votes in parentheses. Winning team receives the Grantland Rice Award, given since 1954.
                1 Alabama (4)
                2 Florida State
                3 Miami FL

1993 SEASON

Voted on by a five-man panel including Roy Exum, Chattanooga (Tennessee) News-Free Press; Bob Hentzen, The Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal; Mike Lopresti, Gannett News Service; Thomas OTode, Scripps-Howard News Service; and Blackie Sherrod, The Dallas Morning News. Each voter selects three teams in order of preference, three points for Ist, two points for 2nd and one point for 3td. Winning team receives the Grantland Rice Award, given since 1954.
                 1st  2nd  3rd  Points
1 Florida State   3    2    0     13
2 Notre Dame      2    3    0     12
3 Nebraska        0    O    4      4
4 Auburn          0    O    1      1

1994 SEASON

Voted on by a five-man panel comprised of Ed Sherman and Andy Bagnato of The Chicago Tribune; Mark Blaudschun of The Boston Globe; Ivan Maisel of Newsday; and Gene Wojciechowski of The Los Angeles Times. Each voter selects three teams in order of preference, three points for Ist place, two points for 2nd place and one point for 3rd place. Winning team receives the Grantland Rice Award, given since 1954.
                 1st  2nd  3rd  Points
1 Nebraska        5    0    0     15
2 Penn State      0    5    0     10
3 Colorado        0    0    5      5

1995 SEASON

Voted on by a five-man panel including Bob Hammel of the Bloomington Herald-Times, Ed Joyce of ESPN, Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, Ivan Maisel of Newsday, and Corky Simpson of the Tucson Citizen. Each selector voted for one team. Winning team receives the Granttand Rice Award, given since 1954.
                1 Nebraska (5)

1996 SEASON

Voted on by a five-man panel including Andy Bagnato of the Chicago Tribune, Tony Bamhart of the Atlanta Constitution, Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe, Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated, and Steve Weiberg of USA Today. Each selector votes for one team. Winning team receives the Grantland Rice Award, given since 1954.
                1 Florida (5)

1997 SEASON

Voted on by a five-man panel including Tony Bamhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constition, Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe, Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, Ivan Maisel of CNN-Sports Illustrated, and Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News. Each selector voted for one team. Winning team receives the Grantland Rice Award, given since 1954.
                1 Michigan (5)

1998 SEASON

Voted on by a five-man panel including Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe, Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times, Ivan Maisel of CNN-Sports Illustrated, and Steve Wieberg of USA Today. Each selector voted for one team. Winning team receives the Grantland Rice Award, given since 1954.
                1 Tennessee (5)

1999 SEASON

Voted on by a five-man panel including Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe, Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times, Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald, and Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News. Each selector voted for one team. Winning team receives the Grantland Rice Award, given since 1954.

                1 Florida State (5)

1992 - 1999 Recap:

1992 Alabama
1993 Florida State
1994 Nebraska
1995 Nebraska
1996 Florida
1997 Michigan
1998 Tennessee
1999 Florida State

Recap

(4) Alabama 1965, 1978, 1979, 1992
(4) Nebraska 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995
(4) Notre Dame 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988
(4) Oklahoma 1955, 1956, 1975, 1985
(4) USC 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974
(3) Miami FL 1983, 1987, 1989
(3) Ohio State 1957, 1961, 1968
(2) Florida State 1993, 1999
(2) Penn State 1982, 1986
(2) Texas 1963, 1969
  Arkansas 1964
  Brigham Young 1984
  Clemson 1981
  Colorado 1990
  Florida 1996
  Georgia 1980
  Iowa 1958
  Michigan 1997
  Michigan State 1965
  Mississippi 1960
  Pittsburgh 1976
  Syracuse 1959
  Tennessee 1998
  UCLA 1954
  Washington 1991

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