The Football Writers Association of America/National Football Foundation Preseason Super 16 was released on Aug. 18, and their rankings and the 2021 College Football America Yearbook’s Preseason Top 130 had something in common — Alabama at the top.
The Crimson Tide are coming off a season in which they won the national championship for the sixth time under head coach Nick Saban. While Alabama sent six players to the NFL via first-round picks, the Tide still have a wealth of talent returning to Tuscaloosa. So it’s no big surprise that both the game’s coaches and the College Football America Yearbook have Alabama at the top of their preseason rankings.
While the FWAA/NFF ranks just the Top 16 teams in the country, the College Football America Yearbook does a full ranking of all 130 teams.
The FWAA/NFF had Clemson at No. 2, Oklahoma at No. 3, Ohio State at No. 4, Georgia at No. 5, Texas A&M at No. 6, Iowa State at No. 7, Notre Dame at No. 8, North Carolina at No. 9 and Cincinnati at No. 10.
The College Football America Yearbook ranked Clemson at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 10 Oregon.
After the Top 10, the FWAA/NFF had Oregon at No. 11, Florida at No. 12, Wisconsin at No. 13, LSU at No. 14, USC at No. 15 and Miami (FL) at No. 16.
The rest of the College Football America Yearbook Top 25 included No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 12 Miami (FL), No. 13 LSU, No. 14 Iowa, No. 15 Cincinnati, No. 16 North Carolina, No. 17 USC, No. 18 Indiana, No. 19 Washington, No. 20 Utah, No. 21 Penn State, No. 22 Texas, No. 23 Michigan, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Boise State.
The College Football America 2021 Yearbookfeatures more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.