Posted February 25, 2014

FWAA, NFF to conduct new weekly college football poll in 2014

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The FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice Super 16 poll will debut the same year the College Football Playoff reduces the importance of all polls.

The new poll debuts this fall, when the College Football Playoff reduces the importance of all polls. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Another college football poll is on the horizon for 2014. The Football Writers Associated of America and the National Football Foundation announced on Tuesday that they will jointly conduct a new major college football poll for the coming season.

The poll will be known as the “FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice Super 16″, named for legendary sports writer Grantland Rice. It will be voted upon by 36 voters, 26 from the FWAA and 10 from the NFF. The poll will rank the top 16 FBS teams and will be announced weekly on Sundays, with the final poll to be unveiled on Dec. 7.

“We are extremely excited to announce this first poll in conjunction with the National Football Foundation at a time when major college football is ushering in a new era,” said 2014 FWAA President Kirk Bohls. “I can’t think of a better partner in jointly producing the ‘Grantland Rice Super 16′ poll of the best teams in the nation.

“Our poll will include distinguished past presidents of the FWAA as well as outstanding NFF Hall of Famers who have given so much to the game we all love and who hope to bring more insight to college football and enjoyment of this fine game. We feel we can provide a very valuable poll of some of the best-credentialed voters and most knowledgeable, objective college football minds around.”

The Grantland Rice Super 16 poll could soon become the third major college football poll along with the AP and the Coaches’ polls. But does college football even need another poll?

The 2014 season will be the first to introduce the new College Football Playoff postseason format and, with it, the selection committee that will choose the four participating teams. The committee will allow its members to use any criteria necessary to narrow down their picks, so this poll — like all other polls — will not be required to come into play at all. The first season of the playoff format seems an odd time to release a new college ranking.

29 comments
AlaGator
AlaGator

Have they run this by Nick Saban?  I thought he gets the final say on all poll-related issues.

jworsr
jworsr

I think each college football team, regardless of division, should have it's own poll,but they should never be published ~ just kept forever in the poll vault.....

NathanCalfey
NathanCalfey

Any ranking of teams is invalid if it does not consider strength of schedule to be as significant as number of victories.  Voters in other surveys feign that teams from terrible conferences are among best 25 because they won all their easy games.

kafka45
kafka45

The AP hasn't been relevant for over 20 years.  They're trying anything to seem to be. 

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

How about we have a 10 team playoff instead of another group of old people voting. I think all the fans have learned that the old guy voting trick is a joke. The votes are bought and paid for. 

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

The important question is what part of the country are the voters from? 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Thank goodness. I've been thinking for years that what we need is another college football poll.

canadagator
canadagator

This poll will replace the BCS which was hated by all non-SEC universities.

It is a new ear in College football and the timing for a new poll couldn't be more perfect.

Funny-One
Funny-One

You get too many polls and you get a polecat

John H
John H

Need another poll? No. We don't need power rankings either, SI, in any sport.

hootie318
hootie318

More mythical national championships for USC to claim


Bledred
Bledred

How about only having ONE poll?  NCAA has the power to enforce this but they won't.  Pretty soon we will have 10 major polls with each handing out their own trophy.  At the end of each season we will have 3-5 "National Champions".  What a mess. 

Scott2
Scott2

Seems like the perfect time, actually.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

Awesome! We can never have enough polls or bowl games.  The NCAA really has it's fingers on the pulse of the fans. 

Shay
Shay

@ChadCollins9  in what respect?   I'd take a day of football on Saturday over one on Sunday. Unless I'm trying to watch defense, in which case I'll take the NFL all day.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JeffBockert Any evidence of your paid for votes, or are just ranting aimlessly.  Oh, and there is a playoff in place now, and this poll will not necessarily have anything to do with it, so maybe now you can sleep at night.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JeffBockert Already laying the groundwork for next year's claims of media bias and media conspiracies?   You chronic complainers don't have an off-season, do you?

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@John H You chronic complainers will thrive on a new poll.  Another thing to gripe about.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Bledred The NCAA has the power to stop independent media organizations and private companies from running football polls?  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@nfinitwordsfoto Had you read the article you would never have found the NCAA mentioned.   A couple of independent organizations are getting together on this.

Plainview
Plainview

@JoeCabot @John Hand quite honestly, I enjoy the discussion (unfortunately not always coherent) that the power rankings bring. Power rankings are where I get most of my information on all teams in the league.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@JoeCabot @nfinitwordsfoto   yeah, but I didn't and I don't care to.  I knew it wasn't the NCAA making the poll per say, but it's still just another fcking thing we don't need.