FWAA Super 16 rankings: Clemson stays No. 1, and a vote for Ohio State over Alabama
Clemson and Oklahoma lead the FWAA-NFF Super 16 poll after taking caring of business in their respective conference titles games on Saturday, while Georgia took over the No. 3 spot with a win over Auburn in the SEC title game.
Clemson beat Miami 38-3, while Oklahoma breezed to a 41-17 win over TCU in the Big 12 title tilt.
Georgia scored a victory over Auburn in the first-ever SEC Championship Game staged in new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 28-7.
The real question of course, is at No. 4 — the final spot for the College Football Playoff.
Alabama edged out Ohio State in the Super 16 poll, but there will be plenty of arguments for the Buckeyes before all the talking is done.
Ohio State beat Wisconsin 27-21 to win the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday while the Crimson Tide sat at home watching football on Saturday after not winning the SEC West Division.
The SEC leads the way in the poll this week with four teams, as in addition to Georgia (No. 3) and Alabama (No. 4), Auburn came in at No. 7 and LSU is No. 16.
Super 16 poll
- Clemson (12-1) (42 first-place votes) 761 points
- Oklahoma (12-1) (3), 712
- Georgia (12-1), (3), 685
- Alabama (11-1), 600
- Ohio State (11-2), 588
- Wisconsin (12-1), 485
- Auburn (10-3), 472
- USC (11-2), 424
- Penn State (10-2), 374
- UCF (12-0), 330
- Miami (10-2), 303
- TCU (10-3), 208
- Washington (10-2), 184
- Notre Dame (9-3), 125
- Stanford (9-4), 113
- LSU (9-3), 54
Others receiving votes: Michigan State 32, Oklahoma State 27, Memphis 18, Mississippi State 11, Virginia Tech 10, Washington State 5, South Florida 5, Northwestern 1, Boise State 1
Mike Griffith’s Super 16 ballot
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Michigan State
Why I voted Ohio State ahead of Alabama
- Buckeyes won their conference, Tide didn’t win their division or conference
- Buckeyes played 13 FBS opponents, Alabama played 11 FBS opponents
- Ohio State played 9 conference games, Alabama played 8 conference games
- Ohio State had the better win (over previously 12-0 Wisconsin)
- Buckeyes finished stronger (Wisconsin win, vs. Tide’s regular-season ending loss)