2021 College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) Midseason Poll

Now that we are halfway through the college football regular season, it is time to release the CFRA Midseason Poll. These rankings shares several similarities with the mainstream AP and Coaches Polls, as several national title contenders (Alabama, Georgia, and Oregon) have the same ranking in all three polls. However, there are also some critical differences between this poll and the AP and Coaches, including the fact that a team besides Georgia garnered a first-place vote (Cincinnati) and the fact that Michigan and Oklahoma State are the top two teams outside of the playoff semifinalists, both ahead of of Ohio State. Without further ado, here is this year’s CFRA midseason poll.

1.  Georgia (13)– 348 points

2.  Cincinnati (1)– 329 points

3.  Oklahoma– 322 points

4.  Alabama– 294 points

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5.  Michigan– 270 points

6.  Oklahoma State- 269 points

7.  Ohio State– 259 points

8.  Michigan State– 255 points

9.  Penn State- 217 points

10. Oregon- 210 points

11. Coastal Carolina– 203 points

12. Iowa– 197 points

13. Wake Forest– 186 points

14. Ole Miss– 176 points

15. Kentucky– 163 points

16. Notre Dame– 120 points

17. Baylor– 106 points

18. NC State– 99 points

19. Texas A & M– 98 points

20. SMU– 92 points

21. San Diego State– 84 points

22. UTSA– 74 points

23. Auburn– 58 points

24. Pittsburgh– 56 points

25. Clemson– 14 points

Others Receiving Votes: Air Force 9, Purdue 6, UL-Lafayette 6, Arkansas 6, Iowa State 3, Houston 3, Brigham Young 3, Fresno State 3, Virginia 3, Nevada 2, Arizona State 2, Florida 2, Appalachian State 2, Liberty 1

Teams Ranked Higher in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Michigan (5), Oklahoma State (6), Coastal Carolina (11), Wake Forest (13), Baylor (17), UTSA (22).

Teams Ranked Lower in CFRA than AP and Coaches Polls: Ohio State (7), Penn State (9), Iowa (12), Ole Miss (14), Notre Dame (16), Texas A & M (19), Auburn (23), Pittsburgh (24).

Teams Ranked Exactly the Same in All 3 Major Human Polls (AP, CFRA, and Coaches): Georgia (1), Alabama (4), Oregon (10), NC State (18).