FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll: Miami Jumps To 2nd, Gets Four 1st-Place Votes

November 12, 2017 by Rich Cirminiello, Maxwell Football Club, and CFP Staff

NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove is among the voters.

Top-ranked Alabama strengthened its hold on the top spot by receiving 44 of a possible 48 first-place votes. Unbeaten Miami (Fla.) moved up to No. 2, jumping five spots after defeating Notre Dame and receiving the other four first-place votes. Previously unbeaten Georgia, following a road loss at Auburn, tumbled five spots to No. 7. Notre Dame dropped from No. 3 to No. 9.

After topping TCU, Oklahoma rose to No. 4. Washington State replaced Michigan State in the poll after the Spartans fell at Ohio State.

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

Voters in the poll consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective.

Congrove's top 5 this week echoed the final poll, except he flipped Oklahoma and Clemson, giving the Sooners the No. 3 spot.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll
(For games through November 11, 2017)

  Team Points 1st LW
1. Alabama (10-0) 763 44 1
2. Miami (FL) (9-0) 689 4 7
3. Clemson (9-1) 659 --- 4
4. Oklahoma (9-1) 628 --- 6
5. Wisconsin (10-0) 606 --- 5
6. Auburn (8-2) 518 --- 10
7. Georgia (9-1) 459 --- 2
8. Ohio State (8-2) 379 --- 11
9. Notre Dame (8-2) 350 --- 3
10. Oklahoma State (8-2) 262 --- 13
11. USC (9-2) 249 --- 16
12. TCU (8-2) 248 --- 8
13. Penn State (8-2) 230 --- 12
14. UCF (9-0) 197 --- 14
15. Washington State (9-2) 93 --- ---
16. Washington (8-2) 80 --- 9

Mississippi State (54), Michigan (17), Memphis (15), LSU (12), Stanford (9), North Carolina State (7), South Florida (3), Northwestern (1).

This week's key games:

Mercer at No. 1 Alabama; Virginia at No. 2 Miami, Fla.; The Citadel at No. 3 Clemson; No. 4 Oklahoma at Kansas; Michigan at No. 5 Wisconsin; ULM at No. 6 Auburn; Kentucky at No. 7 Georgia; Illinois at No. 8 Ohio State; Navy at No. 9 Notre Dame; Kansas State at No. 10 Oklahoma State; UCLA at No.11 USC; No. 12 TCU at Teas Tech; Nebraska at No. 13 Penn State; No. 14 UCF at Temple; Utah at No. 16 Washington.