AP poll: Florida State No. 1; Rebels ranked 18th

football_icon_greenBy 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 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).

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. Ole Miss

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.