FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll


2016 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll Release Schedule

Aug. 25 Preseason Rankings
Sept. 6 Week 1 Rankings
Sept. 11 Week 2 Rankings
Sept. 18 Week 3 Rankings
Sept. 25 Week 4 Rankings
Oct. 2 Week 5 Rankings
Oct. 9 Week 6 Rankings
Oct. 16 Week 7 Rankings
Oct. 23 Week 8 Rankings
Oct. 30 Week 9 Rankings
Nov. 6 Week 10 Rankings
Nov. 13 Week 11 Rankings
Nov. 20 Week 12 Rankings
Nov. 27 Week 13 Rankings
Dec. 4 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 2016 season, and the plans include a preseason poll on Thursday, Aug. 25. The first poll of the season will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to account for the games that will be played on Labor Day. The final poll will be released Dec. 4, 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 2015 season from fans on how much they enjoyed the poll’s release each week, and we’re looking to expand upon that momentum. 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 2016 FWAA President Mark Anderson, a voter in the poll. “We had a great first year, and we hope to make great strides in year  two as the go-to poll for fans.

“Our poll includes some of the most knowledgeable and objective college football minds in the country, and we believe the poll 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.

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