FWAA-NFF Super 16 Rankings, Week 3

Clemson holds at No. 1, with Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Oklahoma completing the Top 5.

Pretty calm week in the poll. The top eight teams were the same with only Georgia jumping LSU into the third slot as a difference in the order. Clemson remained No. 1 after cruising past Syracuse. The Tigers received 34 first-place votes, followed by Alabama (eight), LSU (three) and Georgia (one).

The Southeastern Conference held slots 2-4 for a second straight week. Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Auburn followed in the same order as last week in spots 5-8.

In fact, 15 of the 16 teams returned to the rankings with only UCF, after a big victory over Stanford, moving into the poll for the first time this season at No. 15. Texas A&M fell out of the poll.

The SEC led all conferences with five teams. The Big Ten followed with four. The Big 12 and Pac-12 had two each. The Atlantic Coast, American and Independents had one each.


  • Charlotte at No. 1 Clemson
  • Southern  Mississippi at No. 2 Alabama
  • No. 7 Notre Dame at No.3 Georgia
  • No.4 LSU at Vanderbilt
  • No.5 Oklahoma is idle
  • Miami (Ohio) at No.6 Ohio State
  • No. 8 Auburn at Texas A&M
  • Oklahoma State at No. 9 Texas
  • No. 10 Utah at USC (Friday)
  • Tennessee at No.11 Florida
  • No. 12 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin
  • No.14 Penn State is idle
  • No.15 UCF at Pittsburgh
  • No. 16 Oregon at Stanford

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, Week 3: games played through September 14

1. Clemson (3-0) 720 34 1
2. Alabama (3-0) 685 8 2
3. Georgia (3-0) 611 1 4
4. LSU (3-0) 602 3 3
5. Oklahoma (3-0) 564 5
6. Ohio State (3-0) 540 6
7. Notre Dame (2-0) 415 7
8. Auburn (3-0) 369 8
9. Texas (2-1) 266 12
10. Utah (3-0) 260 11
11. Florida (3-0) 251 9
12. Michigan (2-0) 231 10
13. Wisconsin (2-0) 202 13
14. Penn State (3-0) 152 14
15. UCF (3-0) 120 N/A
16. Oregon (2-1) 96 15

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Texas A&M (86), Washington State (33), Washington (15), Iowa (13), Eastern Michigan (8), TCU (7), Virginia (4), Oklahoma State (3), Boise State (1), Army West Point (1), BYU (1).

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: 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 Monday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. 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.

ABOUT THE FWAA: The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information visit www.footballwriters.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.