|DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 47-21
win over Notre Dame, the Michigan Wolverines (3-0) are the
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, as selected
by the pollsters of the FWAA's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll for
games of the weekend of Sept. 16.
Hart ran for 124 yards and a touchdown and Chad Henne threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns – all to Mario Manningham
in the first half – as the Wolverines ended a three-game losing
streak at Notre Dame Stadium and a six-game skid in road openers.
The win was Michigan's first in South Bend since 1994 and the 47
points were the most scored against the Fighting Irish at home in
"This was going to be our big test," said Michigan's LaMarr Woodley,
who returned a fumble 54 yards for a touchdown. "We passed the test
Michigan is the second straight Big Ten team to earn the team
of the week honor.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 16 included:
• Louisville (3-0): The Cardinals defeated Miami for
the first time in 11 meetings, 31-7, with a dominating performance.
• TCU (3-0): The Horned Frogs avenged a 70-35 loss
to Texas Tech with a 12-3 win over the Red Raiders to extend
the nation's longest winning streak to 13.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002
season. This is the second season that the award has been sponsored
by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The 16 pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll decide the
weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2006 college football season,
the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through
The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll will resume this season
on Oct. 16. The top-ranked team in the final poll will be awarded
the Grantland Rice Trophy as the FWAA's national champion. The FWAA
has awarded the trophy each season since 1954. Texas is the defending
FWAA national champion and Ohio State is ranked No. 1 in the initial
Since 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has hosted five games
that have decided the college football national championship, including
two Bowl Championship Series title games. The 2007 game will be
played on Jan. 1. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, along with the new Tostitos
BCS Championship Game, moves to the new Cardinals Stadium in Glendale,
Ariz., and will be played on Jan. 8.
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