FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll Week 3

The FWAA-NFF Super 16 has been released, and the Alabama Crimson Tide’s grip on the top spot remains firm despite losing seven first-place votes.

Those votes went to the Clemson Tigers who leaped over Oklahoma into the No. 2 spot with nine first-place votes this week. Alabama still has 37 first-place votes, and Oklahoma, which slipped to No. 3, still has a single vote for the top spot.

The top 10 teams were all the same as last week, although there was some more shuffling behind the Clemson-Oklahoma swap. Penn State and USC held firm in the No. 4 and No. 5 slots, but Oklahoma State’s big win at Pittsburgh propelled the Cowboys from No. 8 to No. 6 this week. Washington held firm in the No. 7 slot for the second straight week while Michigan, which struggled in a 29-13 win over Air Force, dropped from No. 6 to No. 8. No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 10 Ohio State also swapped places from the previous poll.

Florida State and Georgia remained in the No. 11 and No. 12 positions, respectively, but Virginia Tech rocketed into the poll at No. 13 after dismantling East Carolina 64-17 Saturday. Mississippi State checked in at No. 37 after crushing LSU 37-7 in Starkville booting the Tigers out of the poll completely. TCU eked into the poll at No. 16 dropping idle Miami (FL) to the “others receiving votes” category. Louisville was the only other team to drop out of the rankings after struggling at home in a 47-21 loss to Clemson.

The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Sunday of the 2017 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.


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