Georgia picked up 50-of-52 first-place votes and remained No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week after defeating Kentucky 16-6. USC moved up two spots to No. 5 after its 48-45 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl, marking the highest ranking for the Trojans since claiming the No. 5 spot on Sept. 24, 2017.
Tennessee fell four spots to No. 9 after suffering a 25-point loss on the road to South Carolina. The poll this week marks the first time since Nov. 19, 2017 that two SEC teams did not rank in the top five of the Super 16.
A panel of 52 FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers vote in the poll. Voters were selected to create a balanced geographical perspective and include CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove.
North Carolina and Ole Miss dropped out of the poll completely after suffering defeats in Week 12. Kansas State and Notre Dame joined the poll, claiming Nos. 13 and 15, respectively..
The Pac-12 led all conferences with five teams, followed by the SEC with four, the Big Ten with three, Big 12 with two and the ACC and FBS Independents with one each.
Congrove's ballot had his top four unchanged with Georgia occupying the top spot, followed by TCU, Ohio State and Michigan. He dropped Tennessee from 5th to 8th, and moved Clemson and Alabama up 1 spot to 5th and 6th. LSU and Penn State rounded out his top. The rest of his top 16, in order, was Oregon, Washington, Utah, North Carolina, Kansas State and Florida State.
Congrove dropped UCLA (was 14) and Ole Miss (was 15).
|2.||Ohio State (11-0)||770||2||2|
|11.||Penn State (9-2)||348||--||11|
|13.||Kansas State (8-3)||157||--||--|
|15.||Notre Dame (8-3)||119||--||--|
Florida State (66), North Carolina (33), Tulane (13), Georgia Tech (7), Texas (6), Arkansas (6), Cincinnati (6).
This Week's Schedule (all games Saturday unless otherwise noted):
Georgia Tech at No. 1 Georgia
No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State
Iowa State at No. 4 TCU
No. 15 Notre Dame at No. 5 USC
No. 6 LSU at Texas A&M
South Carolina at No. 7 Clemson
Auburn at No. 8 Alabama
No. 9 Tennessee at Vanderbilt
No. 10 Oregon at Oregon State (Fri.)
Michigan State at No. 11 Penn State
No. 12 Washington at Washington State
Kansas at No. 13 Kansas State
No. 14 Utah at Colorado
No. 16 UCLA at California (Fri.)
ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by 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 2022 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 6 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 4. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a computer program designed by Sports Systems, a TicketManager company, to compile the rankings.
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