Wednesday , 1 October 2014

College football: Defending champion Florida State is No. 1; OSU No. 5 in AP poll

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.

Start to finish

Since the AP preseason poll debuted in 1950, Florida State in ’99 and Southern California in 2004 are the only teams to start and end the season No. 1 in the AP poll. Eight other preseason No. 1s have also won the national championship.

Streaks

• Ohio State has been ranked in 26 straight preseason polls, the nation’s longest current streak.

• Alabama has been ranked in the top five in six straight preseason polls, the nation’s longest current streak.

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