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FWAA and NFF Partner for Fourth Year on Super 16 Poll

Source: FWAA

Several of the most respected voices in college football will rank the top teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision weekly during the 2017 season.

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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 46 individuals (36 from the FWAA and 10 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
Mark
Blaudschun
TMG Sports
Chip
Brown
Scout.com/Horns Digest
Jon
Finkel
Beckett Media
Bryan
Fischer
Freelance
Pete
Fiutak
CollegeFootballNews.com/Campus Insiders
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
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 footballfoundation.org.

 

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