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FWAA and NFF Partner for Fourth Year on Super 16 Poll
Several of the most respected voices in college football will rank the top teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision weekly during the 2017 season.
Published: 8/15/2017 11:00:00 AM
IRVING, Texas (Aug. 15, 2017) – The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will partner for the fourth consecutive year to conduct The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, the organizations’ weekly  major-college football poll.

The results will be released by 11:30 a.m. ET each Sunday of the 2017 regular season, and the plans include a preseason poll on Aug. 22. The first poll of the regular season will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 5, to account for the games that will be played on Labor Day. The final poll will be released Dec. 3, the day after the conference championship games.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with the FWAA on the Super 16 Poll,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We received lots of positive feedback during the past three seasons from fans on how much they enjoyed the poll. We believe that our voters offer an extremely credible set of opinions, and we hope that the combined respect of both our organizations will continue to provide a compelling reference point for fans to follow during the season.”

The voters in the poll consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers. The poll aims to draw on the vast knowledge of the nation’s top journalists with extensive experience covering college football in combination with some of the greatest legends to have ever played or coached the game.

“We are extremely excited to continue the Super 16 Poll and partner with the National Football Foundation,” said 2017 FWAA President David Jones, a voter in the poll. “We have had a great experience with the poll, and we look forward to extending it for another year. Our poll includes some of the most knowledgeable and objective college football minds in the country, and we believe it has developed into a compelling instrument for ranking the best teams in the country.”

The decision to conduct the poll was made by the boards of both organizations at the conclusion of the 2013 season and the end of the Bowl Championship Series, building on a relationship that stretches back to the 1940s when both groups were founded. The 2017 poll will tally the votes of 48 individuals (37 from the FWAA and 11 Hall of Famers) on a weekly basis, ranking the top 16 teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Click here for an archive of previous year’s rankings.

The names and affiliations of the 2017 voters are listed below, and their individual rankings will again be made public each week during the season. The FWAA voters, all current or past writers of national stature, are selected to ensure balanced-geographical representation. The NFF voters, comprised of Hall of Fame players and coaches, also add to the diversity of perspectives, coming from different conferences and regions of the country.


2017 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Voters

Mark

Anderson

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kevin

Armstrong

New York Daily News

Nicole

Auerbach

The All-American

Lee

Barfknecht

Omaha World-Herald

Zach

Barnett

FootballScoop.com

Tony

Barnhart

GridironNow.com

Tom

Beck

2004 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Illinois Benedictine, Elmhurst (Ill.)
and Grand Valley State (Mich.) coach

Mark

Blaudschun

TMG Sports

Chip

Brown

Scout.com/Horns Digest

Jon

Finkel

Beckett Media

Bryan

Fischer

Freelance

Pete

Fiutak

CollegeFootballNews.com

Matt

Fortuna

The All-American

Tommie

Frazier

2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Nebraska

Teddy

Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

Andrew

Greif

The Oregonian

Mike

Griffith

AJC - SEC Country

Wally

Hall

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Dan

Harralson

Saturday Down South

Tommy

Hicks

Freelance

Ron

Higgins

NoLa.com/The Times Picayune

Johnnie

Johnson

2007 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Texas

Dave

Jones

PA Media Group

Cody

Kellner

Cody Kellner Points Index

Blair

Kerkhoff

Kansas City Star

Rachel

Lenzi

Land of 10

Stefanie

Loh

Seattle Times

Kelly

Lyell

Fort Collins Coloradoan

Rudy

Martzke

USA Today, retired

Kevin

McGuire

NBC Sports College Football Talk

Don

McPherson

2008 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Syracuse

Chet

Moeller

2010 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Navy

Matt

Murschel

Orlando Sentinel

Michael

Payton

2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Marshall

Randy

Peterson

Des Moines Register

Bill

Royce

2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class – Ashland (Ohio)

Barrett

Sallee

CBSSports.com

Pete

Scantlebury

Cox Media Group

Dan

Sileo

Mighty 1090 Radio

R.C.

Slocum

2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Texas A&M coach

Phil

Steele

Phil Steele Publications

Patrick

Stevens

D1scourse.com

David

Teel

Newport News Daily Press

John

Wagner

Toledo Blade

Wesley

Walls

2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class – Ole Miss

Dick

Weiss

Blue Star Media

Reggie

Williams

2007 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Dartmouth

Scott

Woerner

2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Georgia


2017 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll Release Schedule

Aug. 22
Preseason Rankings
Sept. 5 Week 1 Rankings
Sept. 10 Week 2 Rankings
Sept. 17 Week 3 Rankings
Sept. 24 Week 4 Rankings
Oct. 1 Week 5 Rankings
Oct. 8 Week 6 Rankings
Oct. 15 Week 7 Rankings
Oct. 22 Week 8 Rankings
Oct. 29 Week 9 Rankings
Nov. 5 Week 10 Rankings
Nov. 12 Week 11 Rankings
Nov. 19 Week 12 Rankings
Nov. 26 Week 13 Rankings
Dec. 3 Final Rankings


About the Football Writers Association of America
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of 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 FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

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