Illinois Ranked 15th in Football Writers Poll

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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 USC 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 USC 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, LSU, Auburn and Clemson.

The Big 12 Conference leads all conferences with five ranked teams, including two of the top six. The Southeastern Conference boasts three teams, while the Big Ten has two ranked teams.

FWAA Preseason Rankings

1. USC [5]

2. Georgia [5]

3. Ohio State [4]

4. Oklahoma

5. Florida [1]

6. Missouri

7. West Virginia

8. LSU

9. Auburn [1]

10. Clemson

11. Texas

12. Wisconsin

13. Kansas

14. Texas Tech

15. Illinois

t16. Arizona State

t16. BYU


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