College Football

AP poll: defending champion Florida St is No. 1

Posted August 17, 2014

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.

The ACC placed three teams in the first poll. In addition to Florida State, Clemson was slotted at No. 16 and UNC came in at No. 23. It is the first time since 2010 that the Tar Heels will start the season in the AP top 25.

Duke, who represented the ACC in the championship game a year ago received 71 votes placing them outside of the Top 25 at No. 29. Other ACC schools that fall under the "receiving votes" group are Louisville (48, Virginia Tech (26) and Miami (16).

Overall, the Top 25 houses eight teams from the SEC, six from the PAC 12, four from the Big Ten, three from the Big 12, three from the ACC, and Notre Dame, who is ranked No. 17. Similar to the UST Today preseason poll, there are no schools in the Top 25 from a non-power conference.

East Carolina, thought to be a contender to win the American Athletic Conference, did not receive any votes. Central Florida was the most respected non-power conference school by garnering 94 votes and being slotted at No. 26. Marshall received 41 votes.

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.

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  • vt94hokies Aug 26, 7:08 p.m.

    I like the top 5 picks, but nothing much after this. It's always been about hype.

  • scousler Aug 21, 4:03 p.m.

    Dook..you need an academic scandal or some other other incident to ever crack the top twenty in football.

  • StunGunn Aug 18, 8:41 a.m.

    It's interesting that ND is ranked #17, when they will be without some key players while the... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I agree with you. I feel they should hold off on the polls until week 3 or 4 and then rate... View More

    — Posted by Tar Heels Blue

    Agree with you regarding the Heels and their D, THB.

  • Tar Heels Blue Aug 18, 8:07 a.m.

    It's interesting that ND is ranked #17, when they will be without some key players while the... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I agree with you. I feel they should hold off on the polls until week 3 or 4 and then rate teams according to whom they have played and their records. I was surprised to see UNC at 23. It is one thing to look superb during drill and scrimmage games, but yet another to play against high caliber teams that are going 90 miles an hour and constantly in your grill. Hope UNC can prove them right; however, I think their defense is still suspect.

  • sportznutv2.11 Aug 18, 7:32 a.m.

    Since 2010 two triangle schools have finished the season ranked in the top 25, the other one has... View More

    — Posted by Riddickfield

    Well 23 is on the fringe anyway - but remember when they gave NC State basketball a #6 preseason ranking - when that team hadn't done anything in nearly 30 years? talk about getting it wrong!

  • 123skipjack Aug 17, 6:37 p.m.

    Wondering why about 5 years ago the AP and Coaches ratings were not kept in block order so it... View More

    — Posted by Big Mike

    ...Block order???

  • 123skipjack Aug 17, 6:34 p.m.

    I am surprised that Miami is so far down. Some of the ESPN folks like them. Unless I miscounted,... View More

    — Posted by jmcdow2792

    ...Its because Miami has a bunch of ganstas and they know they will be suspended...

  • Doc Holliday Aug 17, 6:18 p.m.

    It's interesting that ND is ranked #17, when they will be without some key players while the... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    +1 Gunny.....never really cared for preseason polls. Just something for fans to kick around, I... View More

    — Posted by Doc Holliday

    You've got to remember, ND is a sports media darling. One win over NobodyU and they jump five... View More

    — Posted by BackwiththePack

    Lou Holtz might disagree with you.

  • Riddickfield Aug 17, 6:10 p.m.

    Since 2010 two triangle schools have finished the season ranked in the top 25, the other one has been pre-season top 25 three times. When will the pollsters learn?

  • BackwiththePack Aug 17, 6:06 p.m.

    It's interesting that ND is ranked #17, when they will be without some key players while the... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    +1 Gunny.....never really cared for preseason polls. Just something for fans to kick around, I... View More

    — Posted by Doc Holliday

    You've got to remember, ND is a sports media darling. One win over NobodyU and they jump five points. Lose to AnybodyU and they might drop two spots.

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