SUPER 16 POLL | Navy's upset sinks Houston's playoff hopes
Saturday's 46-40 upset loss dropped the Cougars dropped from fifth to 12th in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll released today.
''This one hurts but we still have everything in front of us,'' Houston head coach Tom Herman said. ''Our goal, as it is each and every year, is to win our conference championship and go to a New Year's Six bowl game. We have an opportunity to continue that journey.''
Another Group of 5 team joined Houston in the Super 16. Boise State of the Mountain West made its debut at No. 14.
Navy, which beat a team ranked in the Top 10 for the first since 1984, received 14 votes. Western Michigan from the MAC, off to its best start (6-0) since 1941, also received votes.
Virginia Tech of the ACC made its first appearance at No. 15. Stanford, No. 14 last week, and Arkansas (No. 16) dropped out.
The top four remained Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan with those four receiving all the first-place votes. Washington, the only Pac-12 team in the Super 16, moved up to No. 5.
The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective.
Above: Navy quarterback Will Worth ran for 115 yards and threw for two touchdowns in a 46-40 upset against Houston on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. (Courtesy Naval Academy Athletic Association)