Week 12 Super 16 Poll Sees FSU Slip To No. 5

November 19, 2023 by FWAA, NFF, CollegeFootballPoll.com

The top nine teams in the nation remained the same after going 9-0 with the twist of Washington and Florida State trading spots.

The Seminoles' starting  quarterback Jordan Travis suffered a serious leg injury early in the Seminoles' 58-13 victory over North Alabama. His availability for the rest of the season is in serious doubt. Whether or not that swayed voters, Florida State slipped to the No. 5 position as Washington took over the 4-spot.

Washington's move to No. 4 after its two-point victory on the road at Oregon State gives the Huskies their highest ranking since claiming the No. 4 spot on Dec. 4, 2016. Oregon State fell four spots to No. 14.

The poll is administered by the FWAA (Football Writers Association) and the National Football Foundation, and features a geographical mix 56 FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers. CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove has been a member of the panel since since week 4 of the 2017 season.

Georgia picked up 52 of 56 first-place votes and remained No. 1 for the 22nd  consecutive week dating back to Oct. 9, 2022 after defeating Tennessee 38-10 on the road. An SEC team has been ranked No. 1 each week since Sept. 29, 2019, a span of 54 weeks.

No. 10 Missouri rose to its highest ranking in the history of the poll after defeating Florida 33-31 at home.

Utah dropped out of the poll completely after suffering a 24-point loss to Arizona. The victory over the Utes placed Arizona in the poll for the first time since Dec. 7, 2014. The Wildcats are the eighth member from the Pac-12 to appear in the poll this season, topping all conferences.

The SEC led all conferences with five teams, followed by the Pac-12 with four and Big Ten with three. The Big 12 and ACC each placed two teams in the poll.

An SEC team has been ranked No. 1 in the poll each week, dating back to September 29, 2019, a span of 54 poll weeks.

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

Congrove Ballot

CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove Ballot shifted around the teams in his top 4. He moved Georgia from 3 to 1, and dropped Michigan from 1 to 2 and Florida State from 2 to 4, while elevating Ohio State from 4 to 3. The next 8 kept their order from a week with Washington at 5, followed by (6) Oregon, (7) Texas, (8) Alabama, (9) Louisville, (10) Missouri, (11) Oklahoma, and (12) Penn State. After that, Oregon State and Ole Miss trade places with the Rebels moving up to 13th and the Beavers down to 14th. James Madison and North Carolina, 15th and 16th a week ago, were dropped. In their place, he inserted LSU at 15 and Notre Dame at 16.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll

Rank Team Pts. 1st LW
1. Georgia (11-0) 890 52 1
2. Michigan (11-0) 797 2 2
3. Ohio State (11-0) 793 1 3
4. Washington (11-0) 719 1 5
5. Florida State (11-0) 689   4
6. Oregon (10-1) 615   6
7. Texas (10-1) 558   7
8. Alabama (10-1) 534   8
9. Louisville (10-1) 397   9
10. Missouri (9-2) 358   11
11. Penn State (9-2) 306   12
12. Ole Miss (9-2) 267   14
13. Oklahoma (9-2) 227   13
14. Oregon State (8-3) 148   10
15. LSU (8-3) 136   15
16. Arizona (8-3) 68   N/A

Iowa (30), Notre Dame (24), Kansas State (23), Tulane (23), Oklahoma State (8), Texas A&M (4), SMU (1), Clemson (1).

Next Week's Schedule for Ranked Teams:

(12) Ole Miss at Mississippi State (Thurs.)
(6) Oregon vs. Oregon State
(7) Texas vs. Texas Tech
(14) Oregon State at (6) Oregon
(1) Georgia at Georgia Tech
(2) Michigan vs. (3) Ohio State
(3) Ohio State at (2) Michigan
(4) Washington vs. Washington State
(5) Florida State at Florida
(8) Alabama at Auburn
(9) Louisville vs. Kentucky
(10) Missouri vsat Arkansas
(11) Penn State at Michigan State
(13) Oklahoma vs. TCU
(15) LSU vs. Texas A&M
(16) Arizona at ARizona 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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