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Voters Announced for 2015 FWAA-NFF Super 16 College Football Poll
The FWAA and NFF assemble some of the most respected minds in college football to rank the top teams in the Super 16 Poll each week beginning with a preseason poll on Aug. 13.
Published: 8/10/2015 11:00:00 AM
The FWAA and NFF assemble some of the most respected minds in college football to rank the top teams in the Super 16 Poll each week beginning with a preseason poll on Aug. 13.

IRVING, Texas (Aug. 10, 2015)
– The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the names of the 2015 voters who will participate in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, a ranking of the top teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision that will be released each week beginning with a preseason poll that will be released Thursday, Aug. 13. The 2015 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll voters include:
  • Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Chris Ault, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002
  • Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald
  • Tony Barnhart, SEC Network
  • Mark Blaudschun, AJerseyGuy.com
  • Dre Bly, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014
  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com
  • Aaron Brenner, The Post and Courier (S.C.)
  • Chuck Carlton, The Dallas Morning News
  • Gene Corrigan, NFF Board Member
  • Brian Davis, Austin American-Statesman
  • Bob Epling, NFF Board Member
  • Jack Ford, CBS 60 Minutes Sports Correspondent and NFF Board Member
  • Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune
  • Andrew Greif, The Oregonian
  • Mike Griffith, MLive.com
  • Wally Hall, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Dan Harralson, Football.com
  • Matt Hayes, The Sporting News
  • Tommy Hicks, Freelance
  • Ron Higgins, NoLa.com/The Times Picayune
  • Dave Jones, PA Media Group
  • Ryan Kartje, Orange County Register
  • Blair Kerkhoff, The Kansas City Star
  • Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times
  • Kelly Lyell, Fort Collins Coloradoan
  • Don McPherson, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008
  • Matthew Murschel, Orlando Sentinel
  • Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register
  • Matt Porter, The Palm Beach Post
  • Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera
  • R.C. Slocum, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012
  • Phil Steele, Phil Steele Publications
  • Patrick Stevens, Syracuse.com
  • Barry Switzer, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2001
  • David Teel, Newport News Daily Press
  • John Wagner, Toledo Blade
  • Dick Weiss, Blue Star Media
  • Rod West, NFF Board Member
  • Reggie Williams, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007

“We have assembled a group of highly knowledgeable voters who will collectively provide an objective and credible view of the top college football teams each week,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely pleased to continue our partnership with the FWAA on the Super 16 Poll. We received lots of positive feedback during the 2014 season from fans on how much they enjoyed the poll’s release each week, and we’re looking to expand upon that momentum this year.”

The results will be released by 11:30 a.m. ET each Sunday of the 2015 regular season, and the plans include a preseason poll to be released Thursday, Aug. 13. The first poll of the season will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 8, to account for the games that will be played on Labor Day. The final poll will be released Dec. 6, the day after the conference championship games. The votes of each member will be made public each week during the season.

“We feel this is a very distinguished, highly objective panel of voters who have followed college football intensely for decades,” said 2015 FWAA President Lee Barfknecht, a voter in the poll. “In this historic era of college football with the continuation of the playoff, the FWAA is proud to join the NFF in playing an important role and lending a voice to the rich debate over the best teams in the country.”

The pollsters announced today consist of FWAA writers, College Football Hall of Famers, NFF Board Members and highly regarded collegiate administrators. The poll aims to draw on the vast knowledge of the group and their extensive experience in college football. The voters were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective, coming from different conferences and regions of the country, as well as a diversity of viewpoints from the different roles associated with the game.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll Release Schedule
Aug. 13 Preseason Rankings
Sept. 8 Week 1 Rankings
Sept. 13 Week 2 Rankings
Sept. 20 Week 3 Rankings
Sept. 27 Week 4 Rankings
Oct. 4 Week 5 Rankings
Oct. 11 Week 6 Rankings
Oct. 18 Week 7 Rankings
Oct. 25 Week 8 Rankings
Nov. 1 Week 9 Rankings
Nov. 8 Week 10 Rankings
Nov. 15 Week 11 Rankings
Nov. 22 Week 12 Rankings
Nov. 29 Week 13 Rankings
Dec. 6 Final Rankings

The decision to conduct the new poll was announced at the conclusion of the 2013 season and the end of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era. Long-time partners since the formation of the two organizations in the 1940s, both the FWAA and NFF had long traditions of declaring national champions during the poll and BCS eras of college football. The FWAA presented the Grantland Rice Trophy to the national champion, and the NFF bestowed the MacArthur Bowl, which remains on display at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The Super 16 Poll allows the organizations to continue to express their insights on the best teams in the country. Click here for an archive of last year’s votes.


About the Football Writers Association of America
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com  or 214-870-6516 or visit www.sportswriters.net/fwaa.

About the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF High School Showcases, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF Faculty Salutes presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF also collaborates with the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to release the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll; awards The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently showcased at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club; and bestows several other major awards at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner. NFF corporate partners include the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Sports Business Journal and Under Armour. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

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