The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Sunday of the 2015 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first poll will be released Sept. 8 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Dec. 6. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers, College Football Hall of Famers, NFF Board Members and highly regarded collegiate administrators who were selected to create a balanced, geographical perspective as well as a diversity of viewpoints from the different roles associated with the game.
College Football America Yearbook’s Chuck Cox, Matthew Postins and Kendall Webb are all members of the FWAA and the NFF but are not voters in the poll.
FWAA-NFF PRESEASON SUPER 16 PRESEASON POLL
|1. Ohio State (38)||638||NA|
|2. TCU (1)||579||NA|
|3. Alabama (1)||517||NA|
|6. Michigan State||418||NA|
|8. Florida State||310||NA|
|11. Notre Dame||223||NA|
|16. Arizona State||65||NA|
() – Denotes first-place votes
Voters: Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal; Chris Ault, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002; Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald; Tony Barnhart, SEC Network; Mark Blaudschun, AJerseyGuy.com; Dre Bly, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014; Gil Brandt, NFL.com; Aaron Brenner, The Post and Courier (S.C.); Chuck Carlton, The Dallas Morning News; Gene Corrigan, NFF Board Member; Brian Davis, Austin American-Statesman; Bob Epling, NFF Board Member; Jack Ford, CBS 60 Minutes Sports Correspondent and NFF Board Member; Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune; Andrew Greif, The Oregonian; Mike Griffith, MLive.com; Wally Hall, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Dan Harralson, Football.com; Matt Hayes, The Sporting News; Tommy Hicks, freelance; Ron Higgins, NoLa.com/The Times Picayune; Dave Jones, PA Media Group; Ryan Kartje, Orange County Register; Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star; Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times; Kelly Lyell, Fort Collins Coloradoan; Don McPherson, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008; Matthew Murschel, Orlando Sentinel; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Matt Porter, The Palm Beach Post; Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera; Phil Steele, Phil Steele Publications; Patrick Stevens, Syracuse.com; Barry Switzer, College Football Hall of Famer Class of 2001; David Teel, Newport News Daily Press; John Wagner, Toledo Blade; Dick Weiss, Blue Star Media; Rod West, NFF Board Member; Reggie Williams, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007.