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

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).