USC has won a record six Grantland Rice Trophies, including back-to-back national titles in 2003-04. The Trojans finished the 2006 season ranked No. 5 in the Grantland Rice Super 16. LSU starts 2007 where it finished a year ago. The Tigers were tied with Ohio State at No. 2 in last season's final rankings.
Including LSU, with its 17 first-place votes, six teams received first-place votes. No. 3 West Virginia had two, followed by No. 4 Michigan (1), No. 5 Texas (3) and defending Grantland Rice Trophy winner, No. 6 Florida (1). Rounding out the preseason top 10 are Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Louisville.
The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with five ranked teams, including two of the top six. The Big Ten and Pac-10 each boast three teams, while the Big East and Big 12 each have two ranked teams. The ACC is the other conference represented in the poll with one team.
|GRANTLAND RICE SUPER 16 POLL (PRESEASON)|
|Rank||School [1st]||Conference||W-L||Pts||Pvs||Opening Game|
|1.||USC ||Pacific-10||11-2||2,090||5||vs. Idaho|
|2.||LSU ||SEC||11-2||1,883||t2||at Mississippi State|
|3.||West Virginia ||Big East||11-2||1,622||t9||vs. Western Michigan|
|4.||Michigan ||Big Ten||11-2||1,602||t9||vs. Appalachian State|
|5.||Texas ||Big 12||10-3||1,565||14||vs. Arkansas State|
|6.||Florida ||SEC||13-1||1,376||1||vs. Western Kentucky|
|7.||Wisconsin||Big Ten||12-1||1,167||7||vs. Washington State|
|8.||Oklahoma||Big 12||11-3||1,157||12||vs. North Texas|
|9.||Virginia Tech||ACC||10-3||1,062||-||vs. East Carolina|
|10.||Louisville||Big East||12-1||950||6||vs. Murray State|
|11.||Ohio State||Big Ten||12-1||666||t2||vs. Youngstown State|
|12.||California||Pacific-10||10-3||551||13||vs. No. 16 Tennessee|
|13.||Georgia||SEC||9-4||424||-||vs. Oklahoma State|
|14.||Auburn||SEC||11-2||265||8||vs. Kansas State|
|16.||Tennessee||SEC||9-4||210||-||at No. 12 California|
|Records and previous rankings are from the 2006 season|
|Also receiving votes: Rutgers 191, Florida State 183, Penn State 170, Arkansas 108, Nebraska 89, Hawaii 77, TCU 64, Boise State 48, Texas A&M 42, South Carolina 40, Alabama 38, Miami 33, Georgia Tech 28, Notre Dame 25, Boston College 22, Oregon 21, Oregon State 14, Missouri 11, Illinois 8, Oklahoma State 6, Arizona State 5, BYU 5, USF 4, Wake Forest 2, Clemson 1, Colorado 1, Iowa 1, Kentucky 1, Southern Miss 1, Purdue 1.|
|By conference: SEC 5, Big Ten 3, Pac-10 3, Big East 2, Big 12 2, ACC 1.|