Announcing New CFRA Format for 2016

Now that our organization’s preseason poll has been released, let me go ahead and publicize the major revamping that the College Football Researchers Association is undergoing in 2016.   Instead of the weekly top 25 polls we’ve published in the past, this year we are only going to tabulate and publish four polls through the season: a preseason top 25, a mid-season top 25 (tabulated after week 7), a final regular season top 25 (tabulated after week 14), and a final end of season top 25 (tabulated after the national championship game).  The major rationale behind this shift is to produce more drama as the longer gaps between polls should make the results of each less predictable.

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2016 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Preseason Poll

College football is back, and so is the College Football Researchers Association top 25 poll!  One interesting aspect of this year’s preseason poll is that the Associated Press, Coaches, and CFRA Polls have the same twenty-five teams featured in each of their preseason rankings.  All three polls also feature the same top two teams (Alabama, Clemson) and are bookended with same # 25 team (Florida).  Without further ado, here is this year’s CFRA Preseason Poll.

1.  Alabama (6)– 286 points

2.  Clemson (4)– 279 points

3.  Florida State– 272 points

4.  LSU (1)– 253 points

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5.  Oklahoma– 252 points

6.  Ohio State- 224 points

7.  Michigan– 219 points

8.  Stanford– 208 points

9.  TCU– 165 points

10. Tennessee– 154 points

11. Notre Dame– 150 points

12. Houston (1)– 146 points

13. Michigan State– 143 points

14. Ole Miss– 123 points

15. Georgia– 122 points

16. Washington– 95 points

17. UCLA– 92 points

18. Southern California– 81 points

19. Louisville– 78 points

20. Iowa– 77 points

21. North Carolina– 69 points

22. Baylor– 65 points

23. Oklahoma State– 60 points

24. Oregon– 59 points

25. Florida– 47 points

Others Receiving Votes: Miami-FL 30, Nebraska 25, Texas A & M 18, Washington State 14, Arkansas 14, Air Force 13, Wisconsin 11, Utah 11, Arizona 9, Texas 9, West Virginia 7, Auburn 6, Boise State 4, Texas Tech 3, Navy 3, Minnesota 2, Kansas State 2

Dropped Out: N/A

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Florida State (3), LSU (4), TCU (9), Houston (12), Georgia (15).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Oklahoma (5), Notre Dame (11), Michigan State (13), Ole Miss (14), Iowa (20), Oklahoma State (23).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Alabama (1), Clemson (2), Florida (25).

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2015 Final CFRA Poll

Thanks to all the CFRA voters and followers who make this poll possible.  We had another great season with a very interesting final set of rankings.  This is one of the few national polls where Alabama failed to be unanimously selected as champion.  Overall, this is Alabama’s fourth CFRA national championship, as the Crimson Tide take home the 146thannual edition of this award.

1.  Alabama (8)– 224 points

2.  Clemson– 215 points

3.  Ohio State– 199 points

4.  Stanford– 196 points

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5.  Oklahoma– 186 points

6.  Michigan State- 181 points

7.  Houston (1)– 162 points

8.  TCU– 160 points

9.  Iowa– 138 points

10. Ole Miss– 137 points

11. Baylor– 112 points

12. Florida State– 108 points

13. Notre Dame– 106 points

14. Navy– 95 points

15. Michigan– 91 points

16. North Carolina– 88 points

17. Utah– 81 points

18. Oregon– 64 points

19. LSU– 61 points

20. Western Kentucky– 49 points

20. Oklahoma State– 49 points

22. Toledo– 32 points

23. Mississippi State– 31 points

23. Wisconsin– 31 points

25. Georgia– 29 points

Others Receiving Votes: Tennessee 26, Washington State 25, Northwestern 24, Florida 10, Boise State 6, Arkansas 5, Louisville 2, Appalachian State 1, North Dakota State 1

Dropped Out: Northwestern 13, Florida 18, Temple 24

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Ohio State (3), Houston (7), Baylor (11), Florida State (12), Navy (14), Oregon (18), Western Kentucky (20), Toledo (22), Mississippi State (23).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Stanford (4), TCU (8), Notre Dame (13), Michigan (15), North Carolina (16), LSU (19), Wisconsin (23).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Alabama (1), Clemson (2), Oklahoma (5), Michigan State (6).

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2015 CFRA Player of the Year Award

For the fourth consecutive season, the College Football Researchers Association has crowned a Player of the Year, and this season Alabama’s Derrick Henry takes the title.  In the past three seasons, the CFRA Player of the Year has gone on to take the Heisman so we will see if that happens again next weekend.  This was our closest-ever CFRA player of the year race with Henry nosing out Clemson’s Deshaun Watson by a single point!  The full breakdown of votes is below with the number of first-place votes each player received in parentheses:

1.  Derrick Henry (4)– 42 points

2.  Deshuan Watson (4)– 41 points

3.  Christian McCaffrey (2)– 31 points

4.  Baker Mayfield– 11 points

5.  Dalvin Cook– 9 points

6.  Ezekiel Elliott– 5 points

7.  Keenan Reynolds– 4 points

8.  Leonard Fournette– 3 points

8.  Brandon Doughty– 3 points

10.  Greg Ward Jr. 1 point

 

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Week 14 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Poll

1.  Clemson (8)– 224 points

2.  Alabama (1)– 217 points

3.  Oklahoma– 203 points

4.  Michigan State– 200 points

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5.  Iowa– 182 points

6.  Ohio State- 178 points

7.  Stanford– 174 points

8.  Notre Dame– 154 points

9.  Florida State– 147 points

10. North Carolina– 135 points

11. TCU– 133 points

12. Houston– 115 points

13. Northwestern– 107 points

14. Oklahoma State– 93 points

15. Ole Miss– 91 points

16. Oregon– 88 points

17. Michigan– 80 points

18. Florida– 63 points

19. Navy– 60 points

20. Baylor– 49 points

21. Utah– 42 points

22. LSU– 28 points

22. Western Kentucky– 28 points

24. Temple– 21 points

25. Georgia– 19 points

Others Receiving Votes: UCLA 15, Memphis 11, Southern California 11, Toledo 10, Brigham Young 8, Bowling Green 7, Tennessee 7, South Florida 6, Wisconsin 6, Washington State 5, Mississippi State 4, San Diego State 3, Southern Miss 1

Dropped Out: Southern California 23

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP, Playoff, and Coaches Polls: Houston (12), Navy (19), Western Kentucky (22).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP, Playoff, and Coaches Polls: Stanford (7), Oregon (16), Baylor (20), Southern California (NR), Tennessee (NR).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 4 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, Playoff and Coaches): Clemson (1), Alabama (2), Temple (24).

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Week 13 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Poll

1.  Clemson (9)– 249 points

2.  Alabama (1)– 238 points

3.  Iowa– 226 points

4.  Oklahoma– 221 points

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5.  Michigan State– 214 points

6.  Ohio State- 196 points

7.  North Carolina– 175 points

8.  Stanford– 174 points

9.  Florida State– 161 points

10. Notre Dame– 155 points

11. TCU– 143 points

12. Baylor– 142 points

13. Northwestern– 114 points

14. Oklahoma State– 108 points

15. Houston– 106 points

16. Florida– 105 points

17. Michigan– 85 points

18. Ole Miss– 80 points

19. Oregon– 78 points

20. Temple– 57 points

21. Utah– 45 points

22. Navy– 43 points

23. Southern California– 28 points

24. LSU– 25 points

25. Western Kentucky– 15 points

25. Georgia– 15 points

Others Receiving Votes: UCLA 11, Memphis 9, Toledo 8, Wisconsin 7, Brigham Young 6, South Florida 3, Washington State 3, Tennessee 2, Mississippi State 2, San Diego State 1

Dropped Out: Toledo 21, UCLA 22, Washington State 23

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: North Carolina (7), Houston (15), Michigan (17), Southern California (23), Western Kentucky (25), Georgia (25).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Stanford (8), Ole Miss (18), Oregon (19), LSU (24), Wisconsin (NR).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Clemson (1), Alabama (2), Michigan State (5), Ohio State (6), TCU (11), Baylor (12), Northwestern (13), Oklahoma State (14), Navy (22).

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Week 12 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Poll

For the first time since the final 2013 poll, the CFRA has elected a unanimous # 1 team in the country.  All ten first-place votes this week went to the unbeaten Clemson Tigers.  Another interesting aspect of this poll is that Stanford and Michigan tied for the # 12 spot, just like they did in this week’s Coaches Poll.

1.  Clemson (10)– 250 points

2.  Alabama– 232 points

3.  Iowa– 221 points

4.  Notre Dame– 215 points

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5.  Michigan State– 202 points

6.  Oklahoma- 201 points

7.  Baylor– 190 points

8.  Florida– 173 points

9.  Oklahoma State– 168 points

10. Ohio State– 167 points

11. North Carolina– 139 points

12. Michigan– 125 points

12. Stanford– 125 points

14. Florida State– 110 points

15. Navy– 105 points

16. TCU– 96 points

17. Northwestern– 92 points

18. Ole Miss– 61 points

19. Houston– 53 points

20. Oregon– 52 points

21. Toledo– 41 points

22. UCLA– 37 points

23. Washington State– 36 points

24. Utah– 30 points

25. Temple– 28 points

Others Receiving Votes: LSU 23, Western Kentucky 19, Pittsburgh 14, Mississippi State 12, Texas A & M 8, Memphis 7, Georgia 5, Northern Illinois 4, Wisconsin 3, Brigham Young 2, Air Force 2, South Florida 1, Arkansas 1

Dropped Out: LSU 16, Wisconsin 21, Memphis 23

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Michigan State (5), Florida (8), Ole Miss (18), Houston (19), Toledo (21), Utah (24).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Oklahoma (6), Ohio State (10), Oregon (20), Washington State (23), Mississippi State (NR).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Clemson (1), Alabama (2), Iowa (3), Notre Dame (4), Baylor (7), North Carolina (11), Michigan (12), Florida State (14), Northwestern (17).

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Week 11 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Poll

1.  Ohio State (6)– 242 points

1.  Clemson (3)– 242 points

3.  Alabama (1)– 226 points

4.  Oklahoma State– 211 points

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5.  Notre Dame– 204 points

6.  Iowa- 200 points

7.  Florida– 186 points

8.  Oklahoma– 165 points

9.  Michigan State– 156 points

10. Baylor– 154 points

11. Houston– 139 points

12. TCU– 131 points

13. North Carolina– 127 points

14. Stanford– 109 points

15. Michigan– 102 points

16. LSU– 93 points

17. Utah– 92 points

18. Florida State– 84 points

19. Navy– 80 points

20. Northwestern– 59 points

21. Wisconsin– 32 points

22. Toledo– 29 points

23. Memphis– 26 points

24. UCLA– 20 points

25. Washington State– 16 points

Others Receiving Votes: Ole Miss 15, Oregon 14, Western Kentucky 14, Boise State 12, Southern California 8, Temple 6, Georgia 5, Pittsburgh 4, Texas A & M 4, Brigham Young 3, Mississippi State 2, Northern Illinois 2

Dropped Out: Temple 18, Mississippi State 21

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Ohio State (1), Florida (7), Houston (11), Stanford (14), LSU (16), Utah (17), Toledo (22), Memphis (23), UCLA (24).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Oklahoma (8), TCU (12), North Carolina (13), Michigan (15), Florida State (18), Washington State (25), Ole Miss (NR), Mississippi State (NR), Southern California (NR), Oregon (NR).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Clemson (1), Alabama (3), Oklahoma State (4), Notre Dame (5), Iowa (6), Michigan State (9), Baylor (10), Navy (19).

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Week 10 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Poll

1.  Ohio State (6)– 219 points

2.  Clemson (2)– 214 points

3.  Baylor (1)– 208 points

4.  Oklahoma State– 189 points

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5.  Alabama– 186 points

6.  Iowa- 168 points

7.  Stanford– 165 points

8.  Notre Dame– 155 points

9.  LSU– 147 points

10. Houston– 134 points

11. Florida– 127 points

12. Michigan State– 122 points

12. TCU– 122 points

14. Utah– 114 points

15. Oklahoma– 104 points

16. Michigan– 84 points

17. North Carolina– 77 points

18. Temple– 60 points

18. UCLA– 60 points

20. Florida State– 51 points

21. Mississippi State– 40 points

21. Northwestern– 40 points

23. Navy– 33 points

24. Memphis– 27 points

25. Toledo– 18 points

Others Receiving Votes: Western Kentucky 15, Wisconsin 14, Boise State 11, Ole Miss 10, Brigham Young 5, Southern California 4, Bowling Green 1, Northern Illinois 1

Dropped Out: Ole Miss 20

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Oklahoma State (4), Iowa (6), Houston (10), Michigan State (12), Temple (18), Northwestern (21), Memphis (24), Toledo (25).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Alabama (5), Notre Dame (8), Utah (14), Oklahoma (15), Michigan (16), Florida State (20), Mississippi State (21), Wisconsin (NR).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Stanford (7), LSU (9), North Carolina (17), UCLA (18).

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Week 9 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Poll

1.  Ohio State (6)– 265 points

2.  TCU (2)– 254 points

3.  Baylor (1)– 247 points

4.  Clemson (2)– 245 points

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5.  LSU– 235 points

6.  Michigan State- 232 points

7.  Alabama– 186 points

8.  Iowa– 180 points

9.  Oklahoma State– 179 points

10. Stanford– 160 points

10. Notre Dame– 160 points

12. Florida– 152 points

13. Memphis– 141 points

14. Houston– 123 points

15. Utah– 119 points

16. Oklahoma– 105 points

17. Florida State– 99 points

18. Michigan– 89 points

19. Toledo– 88 points

20. Ole Miss– 62 points

21. UCLA– 51 points

22. North Carolina– 48 points

23. Temple– 42 points

24. Northwestern– 21 points

25. Mississippi State– 15 points

Others Receiving Votes: Brigham Young 10, Western Kentucky 10, Texas A & M 9, Navy 8, Wisconsin 8, Pittsburgh 8, Boise State 7, Marshall 6, Appalachian State 4, Duke 4, Southern California 3

Dropped Out: Duke 21, Pittsburgh 24

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: TCU (2), Iowa (8), Oklahoma State (9), Memphis (13), Houston (14), Toledo (19), UCLA (21), Northwestern (24).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Baylor (3), LSU (5), Stanford (10), Notre Dame (10), Utah (15), Oklahoma (16), Michigan (18), Ole Miss (20), North Carolina (22), Texas A & M (NR).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Ohio State (1), Michigan State (6), Alabama (7), Temple (23).

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