NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove is among the voters.
Clemson gained 4 first-place votes, but Alabama once again holds on to the No. 1 spot in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. The top 4 remain the same with Clemson, Oklahoma and Penn State trailing the Tide.
The big upward movers were Georgia and Washington State. The Bulldogs surged from 8th to 5th with their 41-0 shutout at Tennessee, and the Cougars climbed from 16th to 11th after knocking off USC 30-27 in Pullman. The Trojans plunged from 5th to 14th.
Virginia Tech, ranked 2th last week, fell out of the poll after the 31-17 home loss to No. 2 Clemson, while Louisville moved back into the poll at No. 16.
The Big Ten led all conferences with four teams (all among the top 10 teams), and The ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC had three each.
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 was unchanged for the top four with Clemson No. 1, followed by Alabama, Penn State, and Oklahoma. The rest of his ballot had Wisconsin 5th, followed by TCU, Georgia, Ohio State, Washington State, Washington, USC, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), Auburn, San Diego State and USF.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Virginia Tech (26), Notre Dame (25), San Diego State (23), USF (20), Florida (12), Utah (12), UCF (2).
This week's key games: No.1 Alabama at Texas A&M; Wake Forest at No. 2 Clemson; Iowa State at No. 3 Oklahoma; No. 4 Penn State at Northwestern; No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt; California at No. 6 Washington; Michigan State at No. 7 Michigan; No. 8 Wisconsin at Nebraska; West Virginia at No. 9 TCU; Maryland at No. 10 Ohio State; No.11 Washington State at Oregon; Mississippi at No. 12 Auburn; Oregon State at No. 14 USC; No. 15 Miami (Fla.) at Florida State; No. 16 Louisville at North Carolina State (Thurs.).