FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, Week 1

Week 1: Games Played Through September 6, 2021

3.Ohio State7164
5.Texas A&M5906
7.Notre Dame4568
9.Iowa State3567
10.Penn State296N/A

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Virginia Tech (39), Ole Miss (31), Wisconsin (20), Utah (18), North Carolina (18), NC State (9), TCU (8), UCF (4), Miami-FL (3), Coastal Carolina (3), Auburn (3), Oklahoma State (2), Boston College (2), Michigan (2), Arizona State (2), Liberty (1), Florida State (1), Nevada (1), Michigan State (1).

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No. 1 Alabama remained atop the first-regular season poll after dismantling Miami (FL) last Saturday. Fellow Southeastern Conference power Georgia  jumped four spots to No. 2  after beating previous No. 2-ranked Clemson in a defensive struggle in Charlotte.

Alabama received 46 of the 52 first-place votes, and Georgia picked up the other six. Three of the top five teams in the poll are from the SEC, including No. 5 Texas A&M.  

The other major development was Penn State entering the poll at No. 10 after upsetting Wisconsin in Madison in a key early-season Big Ten matchup. North Carolina, No. 9 a week ago, dropped out of the poll after losing at unranked Virginia Tech.

Wisconsin, LSU (after falling at UCLA) and Miami (FL) also dropped out of the poll. Besides Penn State, other new teams in the poll are Iowa, UCLA and Texas.

The SEC led all conferences with four teams, followed by the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 with three each. The ACC, American and Independents had one apiece.

This Week’s Schedule:
Mercer at No. 1 Alabama
UAB at No. 2 Georgia
No.12 Oregon at No.3 Ohio State 
Western Carolina at No.4 Oklahoma
No. 5 Texas A&M vs. Colorado (Denver)
South Carolina State at No. 6 Clemson
Toledo at No. 7 Notre Dame
Murray State at No. 8 Cincinnati
No. 13 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State
Ball State at No.10 Penn State
No. 11 Florida at USF
Stanford at No.14 USC
No. 15 UCLA is idle.
No. 16  Texas at Arkansas

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 Sunday of the 2021 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 7 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 5. 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 computer program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings, and The JBoy Show is the official Media Partner of the poll.

ABOUT THE FWAA: Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of journalists, broadcasters, publicists, photographers and key executives in all areas of college football. The FWAA works to govern media access and gameday operations while presenting awards and honors, including an annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its programs and initiatives, contact Executive Director Steve Richardson at 214-870-6516 or tiger@fwaa.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.