2019 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) End of Regular Season Poll

Like most every college football poll in the nation right now, the CFRA’s top four includes the same four teams that will be playing in the upcoming College Football Playoff.  However, there is still a major shakeup at the top of these rankings as the order of these four teams differs from almost every major poll in the country including the AP, Coaches, and CFP Rankings.  The CFRA has ranked Clemson ahead of Ohio State at the # 2 spot, as the Buckeyes were only able to garner one first-place vote in this week’s rankings.  The Tigers ending edging OSU  by a margin of three points and two first-place votes.  Without further ado, here is the CFRA End of Regular Season Top 25 Poll.  First-place votes are in parentheses next to each team.

1.  LSU (7)– 271 points

2.  Clemson (3)– 262 points

3.  Ohio State (1)– 259 points

4.  Oklahoma– 233 points

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5.  Georgia– 205 points

6.  Oregon– 202 points

7.  Alabama– 192 points

8.  Baylor– 185 points

9.  Florida– 165 points

10. Wisconsin– 162 points

11. Memphis– 161 points

12. Auburn– 156 points

13. Utah– 155 points

14. Penn State– 145 points

15. Appalachian State– 137 points

16. Boise State– 121 points

17. Notre Dame– 109 points

17. Minnesota– 109 points

19. Michigan– 75 points

20. Iowa– 65 points

21. Navy– 52 points

22. Cincinnati– 40 points

23. Southern California– 29 points

24. Air Force– 28 points

25. SMU– 14 points

Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma State 11, Virginia 10, Kansas State 8, Washington 3, UCF 3, Wake Forest 2, Indiana 2, Kentucky 2, Florida Atlantic 2

Dropped Out: Texas 18, Wake Forest 20, Iowa State 25

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than CFP, AP and Coaches Polls: Clemson (2), Alabama (7), Memphis (11), Appalachian State (15), Boise State (16), SMU (25).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than CFP, AP and Coaches Polls: Ohio State (3), Utah (13), Penn State (14), Notre Dame (17), Michigan (19), Iowa (20).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 4 Major Human Polls (CFP, AP, CFRA, and Coaches): LSU (1), Oklahoma (4), Georgia (5).

2019 CFRA Player of the Year Award

For the eighth consecutive season, the College Football Researchers Association has bestowed a Player of the Year award to the best overall player in college football, and this season Joe Burrow from LSU has taken the title in runaway fashion.  Burrow bested runner-up Chase Young from Ohio State by 25 points and garnered 8 of the 11 possible first-place votes from the CFRA’s distinguished membership panel.  The full breakdown of votes is below with the number of first-place votes each player received in parentheses:

1.  Joe Burrow, LSU (8)– 51 points

2.  Chase Young, Ohio State (2)– 26 points

3.  Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma– 24 points

4.  Justin Fields, Ohio State– 21 points

5.  Travis Etienne, Clemson– 12 points

6.  Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State– 9 points

7.  Trevor Lawrence, Clemson– 6 points

8.  J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State– 5 points

8.  Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama– 5 points

10. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin 2 points

10. Lynn Bowden, Kentucky 2 points

12. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma 1 point

12. Justin Herbert, Oregon 1 point