Top half of FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll unchanged

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 17: Jalen Watts-Jackson #20 of the Michigan State Spartans scored the game winning touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during the final seconds of college football game at at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

For the first time this season, the top half of the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll has remained the same week to week.

ffaw_redesignFrom 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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1. Ohio State 575 20 1
2. Baylor 569 9 2
3. TCU 517 3
4. Utah 490 5 4
5. LSU 462 3 5
6. Clemson 425 6
7. Michigan State 409 7
8. Alabama 403 2 8
9. Florida State 313 11
10. Notre Dame 240 13
11. Stanford 208 16
12. Florida 175 9
13. Iowa 138 N/A
14. Oklahoma State 123 15
15. Michigan 87 12
16. Texas A&M 62 10

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)