Bulldogs snubbed in first ‘Super 16’ poll

Kirby Smart's first Georgia team will not open the season in the initial FWAA-NFF Super 16 poll. But a win over North Carolina on Sept. 3 would likely put the Bulldogs in.

ATHENS — Another poll, another dissing for the Dogs.

Georgia was left out of the still-relatively-new FWAA-NFF Super 16 preseason poll, which was released Thursday afternoon. The poll was established by the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation at the conclusion of the 2013 season. It’s designed to rank the top 16 teams in FBS and will be released every Sunday with the exception of next week. It will come out Tuesday, Sept. 6, so that the Monday Labor Day games can be accounted for.

Like the recently-released AP poll, Alabama and Clemson were 1-2 in the first Super 16 poll, same as they finished last season. Oklahoma, FSU and LSU round out the top five.

The SEC leads all conferences with four teams in the poll. Tennessee is ninth and Ole Miss is 12th. The Big Ten and Pac-12 with three each. The ACC and Big 12 each have two teams represented while the American has one. Independent Notre Dame takes the remaining spot.

Georgia is not far out of the poll. The Bulldogs received 47 votes, second most above the teams not included. Iowa had 67. Coming off a 10-3 season and under the direction of new head coach Kirby Smart, UGA was 18th in the initial AP poll.

North Carolina, the Bulldogs’ season-opening opponent in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, also was not represented in the Super 16 poll. Coming off an 11-3 season, the Tar Heels were ranked 22nd by the AP.


Place, team, (number of votes), 1st-place votes:

  1. Alabama (657) 26
  2. Clemson (628) 9
  3. Oklahoma (543) 0
  4. Florida St. (542) 4
  5. LSU (510) 3
  6. Ohio State (468) 0
  7. Michigan (404) 1
  8. Stanford (343) 0
  9. Tennessee (330) 0
  10. Notre Dame (305) 0
  11. TCU (172) 0
  12. Ole Miss (171) 0
  13. Michigan St. (168) 0
  14. Houston (160) 0
  15. Washington (111) 0
  16. UCLA (73) 0

Others receiving votes: Iowa (67), Georgia (47), Oklahoma State (22), Oregon (21), Baylor (18), USC(16), Louisville (16), Wisconsin (11), Miami (9), Texas A&M (9), North Carolina (7), Florida (6), Texas (5), Arkansas (4), Auburn (4), Boise State (1).

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