FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll

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

Beginning with the 2014 college football season, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF) have jointly conducted a weekly major-college football poll during the season, officially known as the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll.

The decision to conduct the new poll was announced in February 2014 at the conclusion of the 2013 season and the end of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era. Longtime partners since the formation of the two organizations in the 1940s, the FWAA and NFF voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. The results will be released by 11:30 a.m. ET each Sunday of the regular 2017 season, and the plans include a preseason poll on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The first poll of the 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. Each voter's individual rankings will again be made public each week.

“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 pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers. 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.

“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.”

BCS Rankings

From 2000-13, the NFF tabulated and released the weekly BCS Standings.

In 2000, the NFF saw its role on the current college football landscape expand once again. The Bowl Championship Series, designed to pit the nation’s top two teams in the National Championship Game, selected The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame as tabulator and weekly standings disseminator.

The NFF remained in its role as an impartial arbiter of the standings until the last season of the BCS in 2013.

Click here for more on the BCS, including the entire archive of BCS Standings.

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