FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, Week 12

Week 12: Games Played Through November 20, 2021

1.Georgia (11-0)832521
2.Ohio State (10-1)7555
3.Alabama (10-1)7232
4.Cincinnati (11-0)6864
5.Michigan (10-1)6067
6.Notre Dame (10-1)5628
7.Oklahoma State (10-1)5299
8.Ole Miss (9-2)41410
9.Oklahoma (10-1)39411
10.Baylor (9-2)38812
11.Oregon (9-2)2443
12.Michigan State (9-2)2136
13.BYU (9-2)15314
14.Texas A&M (8-3)10816
15.UTSA (11-0)8815
16.Wisconsin (8-3)86N/A

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Utah (78), Iowa (67), Pittsburgh (64), Houston (36), Wake Forest (13), San Diego State (12), Louisiana (5), NC State (4), Arkansas (4), Clemson (4), Mississippi State (3), Coastal Carolina (1).

Georgia remained No. 1 for a sixth straight week, receiving all 52 first-place votes after an easy non-conference victory over Charleston Southern. SEC rival Alabama kept pace by surviving a game against Arkansas, but Ohio State’s impressive 56-7 victory over Michigan State boosted the Buckeyes into the second slot ahead of No. 3 Alabama in the latest poll.

Oregon, the No. 3 team a week ago, dropped all the way to No. 11 after being routed at Utah. Michigan State, likewise, fell big, dropping six spots to No. 12. The other big loser was No. 13 Wake Forest, which was bounced by Clemson and fell completely out of the poll and was replaced by Wisconsin. Cincinnati, an easy 48-14 winner over SMU, stayed at No. 4.

The SEC and Big Ten had four teams each in the poll. The Big 12 had three and Independents two. The American, Conference USA and Pac-12 had one each.

No. 1 Georgia at Georgia Tech
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan
No. 3 Alabama at Auburn
No. 4 Cincinnati at East Carolina
No. 6 Notre Dame at Stanford
No. 9 Oklahoma at No. 7 Oklahoma State
No. 8 Ole Miss at Mississippi State (Thursday)
Texas Tech at No. 10 Baylor
Oregon State at  No. 11 Oregon
Penn State at  No. 12 Michigan State
No. 13 BYU at USC
No. 14 Texas A&M at LSU
No. 15 UTSA at North Texas
No. 16 Wisconsin at Minnesota

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. 

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