2020 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) End of Regular Season Poll

The college football regular season finished up yesterday, despite a multitude of delays, postponements, and cancellations caused by Covid-19. In the end, our organization ended up with the same top three teams as the playoff committee and major human polls, but we have a big shakeup at # 4. That is where the Cincinnati Bearcats are found with a considerable six point advantage over the last playoff participant, Notre Dame. If Cincy can win impressively over Georgia in the Peach Bowl, you wonder if they could possibly stay on top of the Irish for the # 1 spot if Notre Dame somehow won the playoff. Only time will tell with that. Without further ado, here is this year’s CFRA Midseason Poll.  First-place votes are in parentheses next to each team.

1. Alabama (9)– 248 points

2.  Clemson– 233 points

3.  Ohio State– 218 points

4.  Cincinnati– 211 points

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5.  Notre Dame– 205 points

6.  Texas A & M– 203 points

7.  Coastal Carolina (1)– 183 points

8.  Oklahoma– 168 points

9.  Florida– 159 points

10. Indiana– 155 points

11. Georgia– 141 points

12. Brigham Young– 123 points

13. Iowa State– 116 points

14. San Jose State– 103 points

14. Northwestern– 103 points

16. North Carolina– 100 points

17. UL-Lafayette– 96 points

18. Iowa– 65points

19. Miami-FL– 64 points

20. Liberty– 52 points

21. Oregon– 45 points

22. Southern California– 42 points

23. Oklahoma State– 38 points

24. Texas– 34 points

25. Tulsa– 27 points

Others Receiving Votes: Ball State 23, NC State 20, Buffalo 16, Washington 14, Colorado 9, Kent State 8, Ohio 7, Army 7, Miami-OH 6, Wisconsin 4, SMU 2, UAB 1, Marshall 1

Dropped Out (since Midseason Poll): Wisconsin 11, Michigan 14, Marshall 15, Kansas State 16, Penn State 18, Boise State 20, SMU 22, Army 24, Rutgers 25

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than CFP, AP and Coaches Polls: Cincinnati (4), Coastal Carolina (7), Brigham Young (12), San Jose State (14), Liberty (20), Oregon (21).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than CFP, AP and Coaches Polls: Notre Dame (5), Texas A & M (6), Iowa State (13), North Carolina (16), Iowa (18), Miami-FL (19), Southern California (22), NC State (NR).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 4 Major Human Polls (CFP, AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Alabama (1), Clemson (2), Ohio State (3).

2020 CFRA Player of the Year Award

For the ninth 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 DeVonta Smith from Alabama has taken the title by a narrow margin. Smith edged out his teammate Mac Jones by one first-place vote and four total points to win this year’s title. In all, five different players garnered first-place CFRA player of the year votes in what clearly was a wide open competition. Six of the previous eight winners of this award went on to win the Heisman Trophy, with Deshaun Watson (2016) and Tua Tagovailoa (2018) being the two exceptions. The full breakdown of votes is below with the number of first-place votes each player received in parentheses:

1.  DeVonta Smith, Alabama (3)– 29 points

2.  Mac Jones, Alabama (2)– 25 points

3. Kyle Trash, Florida– 22 points

4.  Trevor Lawrence, Clemson– 20 points

5.  Najee Harris, Alabama– 16 points

6.  Kyle Pitts, Florida– 9 points

7.  Jaret Patterson, Buffalo– 6 points

8.  Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina– 4 points

9.  Breece Hall, Iowa State– 3 points

9. Justin Fields, Ohio State– 3 points

9. Javonte Williams, North Carolina– 3 points

12. C.J. Marable, Coastal Carolina– 2 points

12. Zach Wilson, Brigham Young– 2 points

12. Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon– 2 points

15. Travis Etienne, Clemson– 1 point

15. Landon Dickerson, Alabama– 1 point

15. Kellen Mond– 1 point

15. Ian Book– 1 points