Super 16 - Five Teams Receive 1st-Place Votes In Week 3 Poll

September 17, 2023 by FWAA, NFF,

Georgia and Michigan continue their hold on the top two spots of the Super 16 Poll. Five different teams picked up at least a pair of first-place votes from the 57-member panel who are members of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) or college football hall-of-famers..

The 'Dawgs were listed at the top of 46 ballots, compared to the Wolverines with 4.  The other teams receiving first-place votes were Florida State (3), USC (2), and Washington (2).

In over-all balloting, Texas jumped Florida State for 3rd, despite not receiving any of the first-place votes.  USC and Ohio State remain 5th and 6th, respectively, while the Huskies jump Penn State for 7th. Rounding out the top ten are Notre Dame and Oregon.

(SEE: Scores and Picks, Last Week's Poll)

The poll had a lot of movement, even though 15 of 16 members returned from last week's poll as 13 teams won and 1 was idle while Tennessee was battered 29-16 at Florida, and Kansas State lost 30-27 to Missouri on a 61-yard walk-off field goal.

Oklahoma and Oregon State take the places of the Vols and Wildcats.

The top teams all had their struggles as Georgia notched a 24-14 home win over South Carolina, Michigan slowly put away Bowling Green 31-6 in the Big House, Texas needed a 21-0 fourth quarter to beat Wyoming 31-10 in Austin, and Florida State almost blew all of a 31-10 lead in an eventual 31-29 victory at Boston College.

USC did not play.

Alabama dropped from 10th to 12th after a much closer than expected 17-3 win at USF as the QB issue remains unsettled. The Tide have used three different QB's through 3 games.

Colorado inched upward one spot to 15th after a scintillating late rally tied the game and the Buffs pulled out a 43-35 home win over Colorado State in double-overtime.

Colorado is one of six PAC-12 teams in this week's rankings, far outpacing the B1G and SEC with three each, the Big 12 with two, and the ACC and Independents with one apiece.

The voting members include's Dave Congrove who is one of the three that put the Seminoles in the top spot on his ballot. His top 6 were the same as a week ago with Georgia in 2nd, followed by USC, Texas, Notre Dame and Michigan. He dropped Tennessee from 7th to 15th which allowed 7 schools to move up one spot. That gave Washington 7th, followed by Ole Miss, Ohio State, Utah, Penn State, Alabama, Oregon and Duke. He gave COlorado the No. 16 spot that was held by Kansas State last week.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll

The "LW" column is the ranking of each team for the previous poll. 16 points are awarded for a first-place ballot mention, 15 for second, 14 for 3rd, etc.

  Team W-L Points 1st LW
1. Georgia 3-0 882 47 1
2. Michigan 3-0 799 4 2
3. Texas 3-0 722 4 4
4. Florida State 3-0 702 2 3
5. USC 3-0 656   5
6. Ohio State 3-0 631   6
7. Washington 3-0 578   8
8. Penn State 3-0 561   7
9. Notre Dame 4-0 474   9
10. Oregon 3-0 344   13
11. Utah 3-0 331   12
12. Alabama 2-1 241   10
13. LSU 2-1 235   14
14. Oklahoma 3-0 133   --
15. Colorado 3-0 111   16
16. Oregon State 3-0 87   --

Others receiving votes:

Ole Miss (75), North Carolina (61), Duke (45), Miami-FL (27), UCLA (20), Tennessee (10), Florida (10), Kansas (6), Iowa (5), Washington State (4), Missouri (1), Wisconsin (1).

Next Week's Schedule for Ranked Teams:

No. 1 Georgia hosts UAB
No. 2 Michigan hosts Rutgers
No. 3 Texas at Baylor
No. 4 Florida State at Clemson
No. 5 USC at Arizona State
No. 6 Ohio State at No.9 Notre Dame
No. 7 Washington hosts Cal
No. 8 Penn State hosts Iowa
No. 9 Notre Dame hosts No. 6 Ohio State
No. 10 Oregon hosts No. 15 Colorado
No. 11 Utah hosts UCLA
No. 12 Alabama hosts Ole Miss
No. 13 LSU hosts Arkansas
No. 14 Oklahoma at Cincinnati
No. 15 Colorado at No. 10 Oregon
No. 16 Oregon State at Washington State

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by two 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 2023 season. The individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, September 5 to account for Labor Day weekend games which run through Monday, September 4. The final poll will be released on Sunday, December 3. The poll utilizes a computer program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings and the Cody Kellner Points Index to publish the individual votes.

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