Super 16 Poll - Texas Jumps to 4th

September 10, 2023 by FWAA, NFF,

There was some expected shakeup in the Super 16 Poll, conducted by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and College Football Hall-of-Famers.

The poll continues to have Georgia and Michigan in the top two spots, but Texas took a major 7-spot jump from 11th to 4th after its 34-24 win at Alabama. The Bulldogs were 45-3 victors at home over Ball State on Saturday, while the Wolverines downed UNLV 35-7.

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

The panel of 57 voters lifted Florida State to No. 3 after Alabama fell from 3rd to 10th with its loss to Texas. The Seminoles romped to a 66-13 home win over Southern Miss as QB Jordan Travis played a half.

Georgia once again picked up 47 first-place votes, followed by Michigan and Florida State with 4 apiece. Texas picked up a pair.

Colorado entered the poll at No. 16 after a 2-0 start. The Buffaloes knocked off a mistake-prone Nebraska team, 36-14 in Boulder.

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with 5 teams in the poll, followed by the SEC with 4, and the B1G with 3. Meanwhile, the Big 12 is represented twice in the poll while the ACC and Independent ranks each have just one member in the group. No team from a Group of 5 conference is ranked, or even receiving votes.

The panel includes's Dave Congrove who is one of the four that put the Seminoles in the top spot on his ballot. He elevated FSU from 4th to 3rd, kept Georgia in 2nd, elevated USC from 7th to 3rd, jumped Texas from 8th to 4th. Notre Dame rounds his top 5. The rest of his top 10 has Michigan 6th, followed Tennessee, Washington, Ole Miss, and Ohio State. He moved the Rebels up from 16th to 9th on his ballot following a 37-20 win at Tulane.

Congrove's ballot continues with Utah 11th, Penn State 12th and Alabama 13th, before wrapping up with Oregon, Duke and Kansas State. The Wildcats are a new entry in his top 16, replacing a North Carolina team that needed double-overtime to defeat an Appalachian State squad that was a 19.5-point underdog in Chapel Hill.

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 2-0 885 47 1
2. Michigan 2-0 793 4 2
3. Florida State 2-0 769 4 4
4. Texas 2-0 713 2 11
5. USC 3-0 651   6
6. Ohio State 2-0 635   5
7. Penn State 2-0 553   7
8. Washington 2-0 477   8
9. Notre Dame 3-0 439   10
10. Alabama 1-1 382   3
11. Tennessee 2-0 362   9
12. Utah 2-0 286   12
13. Oregon 2-0 256   13
14. LSU 1-1 132   14
15. Kansas State 2-0 111   16
16. Colorado 2-0 103   --

Others receiving votes:

Oregon State (49), Oklahoma (39), Duke (35), Ole Miss (27), North Carolina (25), Miami-FL (23), Iowa (4), UCLA (2), Washington State (1).

Next Week's Schedule for Ranked Teams:

Georgia hosts South Carolina
Michigan hosts Bowling Green
Florida State at Boston College
Texas hosts Wyoming
USC - idle.
Ohio State hosts Western Kentucky
Penn State at Illinois
Washington at Michigan State
Notre Dame hosts UCF
Alabama at South Florida
Tennessee at Florida
Utah hosts Weber State (FCS)
Oregon hosts Hawaii
LSU at Mississippi State
Kansas State at Missouri
Colorado hosts Colorado 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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