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FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll -- PRESEASON (Aug. 13)
Defending national champion Ohio State receives 38-of-40 first places votes; TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Oregon round out top five in Preseason Super 16 Poll.
Published: 8/13/2015 11:00:00 AM
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-Defending national champion Ohio State leads all teams by a large margin to claim the top spot in the first preseason poll. The Buckeyes were the top selection on 38 of the 40 ballots cast by the voters.

-The Big 12 have two teams in the Top 16 with TCU and Baylor occupying the second and fourth spots in the poll, respectively. TCU received one first-place vote.

-Alabama, the team the Buckeyes defeated in one of the two 2014 College Football Playoff Semifinals, is third in the poll, sandwiched in between the two Big 12 schools. The Crimson Tide received the other first-place vote.

-Oregon, which lost to Ohio State in the national title game last season, is fifth in the initial poll.

-The SEC leads all leagues with five teams in the poll, followed by the Pac-12 with four. The ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten have two teams each. Independent Notre Dame has the other vote.

Opening Week Key Games: No. 2 TCU at Minnesota (Sept. 3); No. 6 Michigan State at Western Michigan (Sept. 4); No. 3 Alabama vs. Wisconsin in Arlington, TX (Sept. 5); Texas at No. 11 Notre Dame (Sept. 5); Louisville vs. No. 7 Auburn in Atlanta (Sept. 5); Arkansas State at No. 10 USC (Sept. 5); Virginia at No. 14 UCLA (Sept. 5); No. 16 Arizona State vs. Texas A&M in Houston (Sept. 5); No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech (Sept. 7).

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 2015 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first poll will be released Sept. 8 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Dec. 6. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers, College Football Hall of Famers, NFF Board Members and highly regarded collegiate administrators who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective as well as a diversity of viewpoints from the different roles associated with the game.

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