Super 16 Poll: Vols Rise To 7th, Top 4 Unchanged

September 25, 2022 by FWAA, NFF,

Georgia picked up 38-of-52 first-place votes and remained No. 1 for the third week in-a-row in this week's Super 16 Poll, released Sunday afternoon.

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's Dave Congrove.

After defeating Kent State 39-22 in Week 4, Georgia lost 9 of top votes, falling from 47 a week ago to 38 this week. Four of those switch-over votes went to No. 2 Alabama which now has 5 over-all. No. 3 Ohio State nabbed the other 5 and now has 9 total.

This is Georgia's 11th appearance at No. 1, which sets the mark for third-most appearances at No. 1. An SEC team has been ranked No. 1 in the Super 16 Poll each week dating back to September 29, 2019, a span of 31 weeks.

No. 6 USC rose to its highest ranking since the Trojans took the No. 5 spot on September 24, 2017. Tennessee and NC State claimed Nos. 7 and 11, marking the highest ranking for each of these programs.

Oklahoma fell 11 spots to No. 16 after a 34-41 loss to Kansas State. This marks the lowest ranking for the Sooners since they last missed the poll on October 23, 2016. Arkansas dropped out of the poll completely after suffering a 21-23 loss to Texas A&M in Arlington. No. 15 Oregon returned to the poll after a 44-41 road victory over Washington State.

The SEC leads all conferences with five teams, followed by the Pac-12 with four and Big Ten with three. The ACC and Big 12 each had two. The Pac-12 tied its all-time weekly high with having four teams in the poll, marking the first time the league landed four teams since November 13, 2016.

Congrove kept his top five the same with Ohio State at the top, followed by Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, and USC. He dropped Oklahoma from 6th to 15th after the loss at home to Kansas State. Every team on his ballot is undefeated, except for the Sooners. His new No. 6 is Oklahoma State with Clemson, Kentucky, Tennessee and NC State rounding out the top ten. After that, he had Washington, Penn State, Ole Miss, Minnesota and Florida State.

Congrove removed Michigan State (15) and Arkansas (16) from his ballot, and added Minnesota and FSU.

  Team Points 1st LW
1. Georgia (4-0) 827 38 1
2. Alabama (4-0) 769 5 2
3. Ohio State (4-0) 741 9 3
4. Michigan (4-0) 650 -- 4
5. Clemson (4-0) 585 -- 6
6. USC (4-0) 577 -- 7
7. Tennessee (4-0) 532 -- 11
8. Oklahoma State (3-0) 416 -- 8
9. Kentucky (4-0) 317 -- 9
10. Penn State (4-0) 311 -- 12
11. NC State (4-0) 246 -- 13
12. Utah (3-1) 205 -- 14
13. Washington (4-0) 158 -- 16
14. Ole Miss (4-0) 115 -- 15
15. Oregon (3-1) 100 -- --
16. Oklahoma (3-1) 84 -- 5

Others receiving votes:

Minnesota (80), Baylor (73), Florida State (49), Texas A&M (45), Arkansas (34), Kansas (23), BYU (17), Kansas State (13), Wake Forest (12), TCU (10), Texas (6), Florida (5), UCLA (5), Notre Dame (4), Pittsburgh (3), Cincinnati (2), Texas Tech (1), James Madison (1), LSU (1).

No. 1 Georgia at Missouri
No. 2 Alabama at Arkansas
Rutgers at No. 3 Ohio State
No 4 Michigan at Iowa
No. 11 N.C. State at No. 5 Clemson
Arizona State at No. 6 USC
No. 7 Tennessee
No. 8 Oklahoma State
at Baylor
No. 9 Kentucky at No. 14 Ole Miss
Northwestern at No. 10 Penn State
Oregon State at No.12 Utah
No. 13 Washington
at UCLA (Friday)
Stanford at No.15 Oregon
No. 16 Oklahoma
at TCU

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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