2021 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Preseason Poll

College football is back in full force (hopefully), and so is the College Football Researchers Association Top 25 poll.  This will be the 24th season overall that the CFRA will crown a contemporaneous national champion and the 13th consecutive since the re-emergence of the poll in 2009.  The history there may not seem overwhelmingly vast but keep in mind that when you include all of the retrospective champions we’ve elected, this season’s champion will be the 151st in poll history which is more than any other multi-voter, NCAA-recognized poll in the country.

Without further ado, here is this year’s preseason poll.

1.  Alabama (9)– 273 points

2.  Oklahoma (1)– 251 points

3.  Clemson (1)– 248 points

4.  Ohio State– 244 points

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5.  Georgia– 239 points

6.  Texas A & M- 196 points

7.  Oregon– 176 points

8.  Iowa State– 170 points

9.  Cincinnati- 169 points

10. Florida- 149 points

11. Wisconsin– 147 points

12. North Carolina– 144 points

13. Notre Dame– 141 points

14. LSU– 112 points

15. Miami (FL)– 104 points

16. Penn State– 91 points

17. Southern Cal– 88 points

18. Indiana– 83 points

19. Iowa– 69 points

20. Washington– 63 points

21. Utah– 58 points

22. Coastal Carolina– 42 points

23. Texas– 41 points

24. Oklahoma State– 30 points

25. Ole Miss– 25 points

Others Receiving Votes: Missouri 23, UCF 21, Kentucky 16, Liberty 16, NC State 15, West Virginia 12, Arizona State 12, Boise State 12, TCU 10, Pittsburgh 9, Baylor 9, UL-Lafayette 9, Army 8, Michigan 7, Northwestern 7, Brigham Young 7, Colorado 6, Nebraska 2, Nevada 2, UCLA 1

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Oregon (7), Florida (10), Wisconsin (11), Penn State (16), Utah (21).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: North Carolina (12), Notre Dame (13), Southern Cal (17), Indiana (18), Iowa (19), Texas (23), Arizona State (NR), UL-Lafayette (NR).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Alabama (1), Ohio State (4), Georgia (5), Texas A & M (6).

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