Florida State Opens Season Ranked #1 In Pre-Season Poll

By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP College Football Writer

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 Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2013 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and 2013 final ranking:

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.


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