2016 CFRA Player of the Year Award

For the fifth consecutive season, the College Football Researchers Association has crowned a Player of the Year, and this season Clemson’s Deshaun Watson surprisingly takes the title.  Watson was edged out by Derrick Henry by a single point in last year’s player of the year competition, but this season he was able to beat out the presumptive favorite Lamar Jackson by 5 points, even though Jackson actually received two more first place votes than Watson.  During the past four seasons, the CFRA Player of the Year has gone on to take the Heisman Trophy so we will see if that happens again next weekend.  The full breakdown of votes is below with the number of first-place votes each player received in parentheses:

1.  Deshuan Watson (4)– 44 points

2.  Lamar Jackson (6)– 39 points

3.  Jabrill Peppers (1)– 15 points

4.  Jake Browning– 14 points

5.  Jonathan Allen– 9 points

6.  Dede Westbrook– 7 points

7.  Donnel Pumphrey– 6 points

7.  Baker Mayfield– 6 points

9.  D’Onta Foreman– 5 points

9.  Saquon Barkley 5 points

11. Jalen Hurts 4 points

11. Christian McCaffrey 4 points

13.  Zach Terrell 3 points

14.  Patrick Mahomes 1 point

14.  Corey Davis 1 point

14.  Corey Clement 1 point

14.  Tim Williams 1 point

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2016 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) End of Regular Season Poll

For the first time this season, there is a unanimous # 1 ranked team in the CFRA Poll.  The Crimson Tide of Alabama garnered all 13 first-place votes in this year’s end of regular season poll as the rest of the top 4 also mirrored that of the College Football Selection Committee.  In fact, the top 11 teams in this edition of the CFRA are exactly the same as the playoff committee’s top 11.  Without further ado, here is this year’s CFRA End of Regular Season Poll.

1.  Alabama (13)– 325 points

2.  Clemson– 303 points

3.  Ohio State– 292 points

4.  Washington– 287 points

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5.  Penn State– 274 points

6.  Michigan- 262 points

7.  Oklahoma– 250 points

8.  Wisconsin– 224 points

9.  Southern California– 206 points

10. Colorado– 197 points

11. Florida State– 192 points

12. Western Michigan– 176 points

13. Louisville– 159 points

14. Oklahoma State– 158 points

15. West Virginia– 140 points

16. Auburn– 106 points

17. Stanford– 93 points

18. Virginia Tech– 82 points

19. Florida– 75 points

20. Temple– 65 points

21. LSU– 58 points

22. Pittsburgh– 55 points

23. Houston– 54 points

24. Utah– 42 points

25. Nebraska– 25 points

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa 21, Navy 20, South Florida 19, Washington State 15, Tennessee 15, Boise State 14, San Diego State 7, Memphis 6, Western Kentucky 4, Kansas State 2, Kentucky 2

Dropped Out: Texas A & M 6, Baylor 8, Boise State 12, Tennessee 16, Arkansas 16, North Carolina 22, Navy 23, Washington State 24, Ole Miss 25

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP, Coaches, and Playoff Polls: Temple (20), Houston (23).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP, Coaches, and Playoff Polls: Oklahoma State (14), LSU (21).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 4 Major Human Polls (AP, Playoff, CFRA, and Coaches): Alabama (1), Washington (4), Penn State (5), Michigan (6), Oklahoma (7), Wisconsin (8), Southern California (9).

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2016 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Midseason Poll

College Football history is being made this morning as the first-ever CFRA Midseason Poll has been published.  One of the new benefits of our new periodic format is that with that there will be a slew of changes with each poll that is voted on.  That can definitely be said about this week’s poll as a total of 11 teams have dropped out of the poll since our last edition was formulated in the preseason.  One of those teams, the LSU Tigers, were in fact # 4 in the country in that poll!  Likewise, 12 teams enter the poll for the first time this season including two top ten teams (Nebraska, Texas A & M).  Without further ado, here is this year’s CFRA Midseason Poll.

1.  Alabama (11)– 299 points

2.  Ohio State (1)– 278 points

3.  Michigan– 273 points

4.  Clemson– 268 points

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5.  Washington– 248 points

6.  Texas A & M- 243 points

7.  Louisville– 218 points

8.  Baylor– 215 points

9.  Nebraska– 205 points

10. Houston– 166 points

11. Wisconsin– 159 points

12. Boise State– 153 points

13. West Virginia– 143 points

14. Florida– 142 points

15. Florida State– 120 points

16. Tennessee– 94 points

16. Arkansas– 94 points

18. Utah– 89 points

19. Western Michigan– 86 points

20. Oklahoma– 72 points

21. Auburn– 44 points

22. North Carolina– 43 points

23. Navy– 34 points

24. Washington State– 23 points

25. Colorado– 22 points

25. Ole Miss– 22 points

Others Receiving Votes: LSU 21, South Florida, 18, Stanford 14, Virginia Tech 14, Miami-FL 14, Brigham Young 10, San Diego State 9, NC State 8, Toledo 7, Southern California 7, Memphis 6, Arizona State 6, Troy 5, Pittsburgh 2, UCLA 2, Wake Forest 2, Appalachian State 1, Louisiana Tech 1

Dropped Out: LSU 4, Stanford 8, TCU 9, Notre Dame 11, Michigan State 13, Georgia 15, UCLA 17, Southern California 18, Iowa 20, Oklahoma State 23, Oregon 24

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Houston (10), Boise State (12), Tennessee (16), Arkansas (16), Western Michigan (19), Navy (23), Washington State (24), Colorado (25).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Wisconsin (11), Oklahoma (20), Ole Miss (25), LSU (NR).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Alabama (1), Ohio State (2), Washington (5), Texas A & M (6), Louisville (7).

 

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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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