Super 16 Poll: Georgia, Michigan Stay 1-2 While FSU Rockets To 4th

September 5, 2023 by FWAA, NFF,

Florida State climbed to No. 4 in the Super 16 Poll, and received 4 first-place votes from a panel of 59 member sportswriters of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), and college football hall-of-famers.

The panel includes's Dave Congrove who was one of the four that put the Seminoles in the top spot on his ballot. Their 45-24 win over LSU was the only game that pitted Top 16 teams against each other over the Labor Day weekend.

By elevating FSU from 3rd, his ballot dropped Georgia from 1st to 2nd, and Michigan from 2nd to 3rd. Tennessee was moved up from 8th to 4th, and Washington from 10th to 5th. He jumped Notre Dame from 13th to 6th, followed by USC, Texas, Alabama and Ohio State. The rest of his ballot had Utah at No. 11, trailed by Penn State, Oregon, Duke, North Carolina and Ole Miss. He dropped three teams out of the top 16 with LSU falling from 4th to absent, Clemson from 11th to gone, and Texas Tech from 14th to no-show. The three teams that took those places are Duke (14), UNC (15) and Ole Miss (16).

In the over-all vote, Georgia picked up 47 of 57 first-place votes and remained No. 1 for the 11th week in-a-row dating back to October 9, 2022 after defeating UT Martin 48-7 at home. An SEC team has been ranked No. 1 in the poll each week dating back to September 29, 2019, a span of 43 weeks. 

It is Georgia's 22nd appearance as the No. 1 team in the poll after receiving its first-ever No. 1 preseason ranking. Georgia's 22 appearances in the top spot rank the Bulldogs second most all-time, behind only Alabama's 61 appearances.

Defending Big Ten Champion Michigan remained in second in the poll voting with 5 first-place votes.

Ohio State fell from 3rd to 5th and lost its 2 preseason 1st-place votes.

Alabama takes the Buckeyes former spot and received 1 first-place mention. In doing so, the Tide maintain their streak as the only team to appear in every Super 16 Bowl dating back to 2014, a span of 121 weeks.

LSU plummeted from 5th to 14th, while Clemson and TCU were dropped completely. This is the first time that the Tigers failed to appear in the poll since December 5, 2021.

North Carolina and Kansas State joined the poll, claiming Nos. 15 and 16 respectively.

The SEC and Pac-12 led all conferences with four teams each, followed by the Big Ten with three, the ACC and Big 12 with two and FBS Independents with one.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll

The "LW" column is the ranking of each team for the previous poll published which, in this case, was the the preseason poll.

  Team Points 1st LW
1. Georgia 896 47 1
2. Michigan 815 5 2
3. Alabama 762 1 3
4. Florida State 731 4 9
5. Ohio State 660   3
6. USC 606   6
7. Penn State 541   7
8. Washington 476   10
9. Tennessee 375   11
10. Notre Dame 356   13
11. Texas 333   12
12. Utah 300   14
13. Oregon 266   15
14. LSU 152   5
15. North Carolina 85   --
16. Kansas State 80   --

Others receiving votes:

Duke (65), Colorado (64), Oregon State (57), Texas A&M (41), Oklahoma (41), Wisconsin (30), Ole Miss (10), Miami, FL (3), Tulane (3), Iowa (2), UCLA (2).

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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