For the first time this season, the top half of the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll has remained the same week to week.
From No. 1 Ohio State to No. 8 Alabama none of the top teams saw movement this week. But one of the previous big movers in nearly all polls – Michigan – lost some momentum with a devastating loss at home to No. 7 Michigan State. The Wolverines fell to the Spartans, 27-23, when punter Blake O’Neill bobbled the snap, then lost the ball with less than 10 seconds remaining. MSU’s Jalen Watts-Jackson snagged the ball and ran it in for the go-ahead touchdown as time expired. In the ensuing excited pile-on, Watts-Jackson’s hip was dislocated and he was transported to a local hospital.
The loss dropped Michigan from No. 12 to No. 15 in the poll.
This week’s newcomer is Iowa, debuting at No. 13, after beating Northwestern, 40-10.
The Super 16 poll is voted on by 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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Above: 17: Michigan State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson runs in for the winning touchdown as time expired against Michigan after recovering a fumble on a botched punt at Michigan Stadium. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)