AP poll: defending champion Florida St is No. 1
Posted August 17
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.