Illinois Ranked No. 15 In Football Writers Poll
Aug. 21, 2008
The University of Illinois football team earned its third preseason ranking today as the Football Writers Association of America released its Grantland Rice Super 16 poll, which placed the Illini at No. 15. Illinois is No. 20 in the Associated Press rankings and No. 19 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.
Once again, Illinois has several 2008 opponents represented on the list with Ohio State taking No. 3, Missouri is No. 6 and Wisconsin is ranked 12th.
The Southern California Trojans are the top-ranked team, nipping second-ranked Georgia, although both schools picked up five first-place votes. It's the fourth time in five years Southern Cal has been picked No. 1 by the FWAA in the preseason. USC has won a record six Grantland Rice trophies, including back-to-back national titles in 2003-04. Including Georgia, with its five first-place votes, five teams received first-place votes. No. 3 Ohio State had four, followed by No. 5 Florida (1), and No. 9 Auburn (1). No. 4 Oklahoma did not receive a first-place vote. Rounding out the preseason top 10 are Missouri, West Virginia, Louisiana State, Auburn and Clemson.
The Big 12 Conference leads all conferences with five ranked teams, including two of the top six, while the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten have four and three, respectively.