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Georgia football is No. 3 in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 preseason poll

Super 16 poll stalker: Georgia football No. 3, receives first-place vote

ATHENS — The first FWAA-NFF Super 16 poll is out, and to no one’s surprise Alabama and Clemson occupy the top two spots.

The Tide received 36 of the possible 52 first-place votes, Clemson received 14, and Georgia and Michigan State each received one first-place vote.

Coach Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs came in at No. 3 overall, receiving a first-place vote from 2007 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Reggie Williams.

Williams, originally from Flint, Mich., played college football at Dartmouth before appearing in two Super Bowls as a linebacker with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Georgia was ranked No. 2 on eight ballots, including that of former Bulldogs defensive back and punt returner Scott Woerner.

The Bulldogs were ranked as low as No. 8 by two voters: Dave Congrove of CollegeFootballPoll.com, and John Wagner of the Toledo Blade.

Congrove and Wagner had Alabama No. 1 on their ballots, and Clemson No. 2.

Noted Georgia historian Tony Barnhart, now with the SEC Network, had Georgia No. 5 on his ballot.

Michigan State’s No. 1 vote came from Mark Blaudschun, formerly of the Boston Globe now with TMG College Sports.

The Super 16 voting panel is made up of select college football writers along with College Football Hall of Fame members. The poll will be released each Monday.

Georgia was No. 4 on the preseason Coaches’ Poll Top 25, and No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25.

Preseason Super 16 Poll rankings:

1. Alabama (36 first-place votes), 812 points

2. Clemson (14 first-place votes), 788

3. Georgia (one first-place vote), 698

4. Wisconsin 575

5. Washington 552

6. Ohio State 549

7. Oklahoma 532

8. Miami (FL) 412

9. Auburn 399

10. Penn State 370

11. Michigan State (one first-place vote) 291

12. Notre Dame 234

13. Michigan 216

14. Stanford 175

15. USC 112

16. TCU 73

Others receiving votes: West Virginia (60), Florida State (42), Mississippi State (39), Virginia Tech (29), Texas (22), UCF (20), Boise State (18), Florida (16), LSU (13), Louisville (6), South Carolina (5), Northwestern (4), Oklahoma State (3), North Carolina State (2), Utah (2), San Diego State (1), Oregon (1), Boston College (1)