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AP preseason poll: Florida State is No. 1 in rankings

Published August 17, 2014 2:40 pm

College football • Defending champ is No. 1 for sixth time.
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Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.

The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999 when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.

Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each received one first-place vote. Ohio State is No. 5 and Auburn is No. 6.

Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner last season as a redshirt freshman, led Florida State to a 34-31 victory against Auburn in the last BCS national championship game.

This season the Bowl Championship Series is being replaced by the College Football Playoff. A selection committee will pick the top four teams in the country for two national semifinals.

The rest of the top 10 is UCLA at No. 7, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor.

The Southeastern Conference matched its own record for most teams in the preseason poll from one conference with eight. The Pac-12 is next with six, the best showing for that conference.

The AP preseason poll started in 1950 and since then 10 preseason No. 1 teams have gone on to finish the season ranked No. 1, including Florida State twice (1993 and '99). —

AP Top 25

Record Pts Pv

1. Florida St. (57) 14-0 1,496 1

2. Alabama (1) 11-2 1,361 7

3. Oregon (1) 11-2 1,334 9

4. Oklahoma (1) 11-2 1,324 6

5. Ohio St. 12-2 1,207 12

6. Auburn 12-2 1,198 2

7. UCLA 10-3 1,106 16

8. Michigan St. 13-1 1,080 3

9. South Carolina 11-2 1,015 4

10. Baylor 11-2 966 13

11. Stanford 11-3 885 11

12. Georgia 8-5 843 NR

13. LSU 10-3 776 14

14. Wisconsin 9-4 637 22

15. Southern Cal 10-4 626 19

16. Clemson 11-2 536 8

17. Notre Dame 9-4 445 21

18. Mississippi 8-5 424 NR

19. Arizona St. 10-4 357 20

20. Kansas St. 8-5 242 NR

21. Texas A&M 9-4 238 18

22. Nebraska 9-4 226 NR

23. North Carolina 7-6 194 NR

24. Missouri 12-2 134 5

25. Washington 9-4 130 25

Others receiving votes • UCF 94, Florida 87, Texas 86, Duke 71, Iowa 68, Louisville 48, Marshall 41, Oklahoma St. 37, Virginia Tech 26, TCU 23, Mississippi St. 22, Michigan 19, Texas Tech 19, Miami 16, Cincinnati 15, Boise St. 10, Oregon St. 10, BYU 8, Northwestern 8, Penn St. 5, Navy 2, Vanderbilt 2, Louisiana 1, Nevada 1, Utah St. 1.