Last-play victory isn’t enough to keep TCU at No. 3

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Aaron Green #22 of the TCU Horned Frogs catches a tipped ball in the end zone for the game winning touchdown late in the 4th quarter against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on September 26, 2015 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. TCU won the game 55-52. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

ffaw_redesignA miraculous, last-play touchdown gave last week’s  No. 3-ranked TCU a 55-52  victory over Texas Tech on Saturday. But FWAA-NFF voters knocked the Horned Frogs down to No. 4 in this week’s Super 16 Poll.

Ohio State again remained No. 1, with 29 first-place votes behind a somewhat erratic Cardale Jones to beat Western Michigan, 38-12. It was the Buckeyes’ second straight non-domination of a MAC team after squeaking past Northern Illinois the previous week.

The biggest move this week however was Utah joining the poll at No. 12 after the Utes manhandled Oregon 62-20. That loss dropped Oregon completely out of the poll.

The pollsters consist of FWAA writers, College Football Hall of Famers, NFF Board Members and highly regarded collegiate administrators who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective as well as a diversity of viewpoints from the different roles associated with the game.


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1. Ohio State 621 29 1
2. Michigan State 559 5 2
3. Mississippi 528 4 4
4. TCU 460 3
5. Baylor 451 5
6. Georgia 408 6
7. Notre Dame 380 1 7
8. UCLA 356 10
9. LSU 338 1 8
10. Florida State 274 9
11. Alabama 236 12
12. Utah 231 N/A
13. Clemson 191 13
14. Texas A&M 168 14
15. Oklahoma 131 15
16. Northwestern 39 16


Above: TCU’s Aaron Green catches a tipped ball in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter against Texas Tech for a 55-52 victory in Lubbock, Texas. It wasn’t enough to keep the Frogs from dropping to No. 4 in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)