The new poll debuts this fall, when the College Football Playoff reduces the importance of all polls. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Another college football poll is on the horizon for 2014. The Football Writers Associated of America and the National Football Foundation announced on Tuesday that they will jointly conduct a new major college football poll for the coming season.
The poll will be known as the "FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice Super 16", named for legendary sports writer Grantland Rice. It will be voted upon by 36 voters, 26 from the FWAA and 10 from the NFF. The poll will rank the top 16 FBS teams and will be announced weekly on Sundays, with the final poll to be unveiled on Dec. 7.
"We are extremely excited to announce this first poll in conjunction with the National Football Foundation at a time when major college football is ushering in a new era," said 2014 FWAA President Kirk Bohls. "I can't think of a better partner in jointly producing the ‘Grantland Rice Super 16' poll of the best teams in the nation.
"Our poll will include distinguished past presidents of the FWAA as well as outstanding NFF Hall of Famers who have given so much to the game we all love and who hope to bring more insight to college football and enjoyment of this fine game. We feel we can provide a very valuable poll of some of the best-credentialed voters and most knowledgeable, objective college football minds around."
The Grantland Rice Super 16 poll could soon become the third major college football poll along with the AP and the Coaches' polls. But does college football even need another poll?
The 2014 season will be the first to introduce the new College Football Playoff postseason format and, with it, the selection committee that will choose the four participating teams. The committee will allow its members to use any criteria necessary to narrow down their picks, so this poll -- like all other polls -- will not be required to come into play at all. The first season of the playoff format seems an odd time to release a new college ranking.