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FSU tops AP preseason top 25; 8 from SEC, 6 from Pac-12 ranked

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The last major preseason poll before the start of the college football season was released Sunday afternoon. Florida State, as expected, received the number one spot in the AP top 25, receiving 57 out of 60 first-place votes. Alabama followed Florida State in the voting, edging Oregon.

Oklahoma comes in at number four, followed by Ohio State and last season’s SEC champion, Auburn. UCLA is ranked seventh, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor to round out the top ten.

Defending Pac-12 champion Stanford comes in at number 11, followed by Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin, USC and Clemson. Notre Dame is ranked 17th, although it should be noted the votes for the AP poll were due before the news of an academic misconduct investigation and suspensions to players broke last week.

Ole Miss is ranked 18th, followed by Arizona State and Kansas State to wrap up the top 20. Texas A&M, Nebraska, North Carolina, Missouri and Washington complete the top 25 poll in that order.

Eight teams from the SEC appear in the preseason AP poll. The Pac-12 is second with six teams ranked. The Big Ten has four schools ranked, the Big 12 has three schools ranked. The ACC also has three schools ranked in the preseason poll. No school from a Group fo Five conference appears in the preseason AP top 25.

Florida State also ran away with the top spot in the coaches preseason poll.

Here is the full preseason AP poll.

1. Florida State (57 first-place votes)

2. Alabama (1 first-place vote)

3. Oregon (1 first-place vote)

4. Oklahoma (1 first-place vote)

5. Ohio State

6. Auburn


8. Michigan State

9. South Carolina

10. Baylor

11. Stanford

12. Georgia

13. LSU

14. Wisconsin

15. USC

16. Clemson

17. Notre Dame

18. Ole Miss

19. Arizona State

20. Kansas State

21. Texas A&M

22. Nebraska

23. North Carolina

24. Missouri

25. Washington

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19 Responses to “FSU tops AP preseason top 25; 8 from SEC, 6 from Pac-12 ranked”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:53 PM

    To the shock of absolutely no one.

  2. overratedgators says: Aug 17, 2014 2:58 PM

    So meaningless. Wake me when the first Playoff Committee Poll comes out.

  3. dmarado says: Aug 17, 2014 3:08 PM

    Bammer getting a first-place vote is silly.

  4. mcjon22 says: Aug 17, 2014 3:14 PM

    UCLA, Baylor, Notre Dame and North Carolina all overrated I see

  5. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 17, 2014 3:23 PM

    Lol. suckeye State ahead of a team that beat them and a Team that lost in the NC game. Lol. They are overhyped, and over-ranked every year. They lose eveytime they play anyone good. They play a joke schedule every year.

    Whoever voted them 5 is either stupid or taking money for their votes.

  6. bonnovi says: Aug 17, 2014 3:38 PM

    Maybe it’s just me, but it always seems like South Carolina is perpetually ranked between 8-12.

  7. burm61 says: Aug 17, 2014 3:47 PM

    Don’t worry sir. VaTech will take care of Ohio State for you in week two.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Aug 17, 2014 3:59 PM

    No Texas? Playing 4 top 25, maybe Strong was right with his prediction.

  9. poison66 says: Aug 17, 2014 4:25 PM

    It’ll be hilarious when Oklahoma State upsets FSU in week 1 wrecking this poll.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 17, 2014 5:01 PM

    poison66 says:
    Aug 17, 2014 4:25 PM
    It’ll be hilarious when Oklahoma State upsets FSU in week 1 wrecking this poll.

    Don’t hold your breath HOPING for it.

    Hope your DNR form is signed.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 17, 2014 6:17 PM

    I think FSU is pretty much a lock to go undefeated…

    They have a few tough games (but nothing really scary), and they are all at Doak Campbell.

    If FSU doesn’t make the final four, it will be a huge upset in my opinion.

  12. musketmaniac says: Aug 17, 2014 6:24 PM

    8 to 80 nothing is a lock. not even in the new watered down Ncaa. Pre season polls suck.

  13. blackbirdrising2014 says: Aug 17, 2014 6:33 PM

    FSU should have 59 votes….Oklahoma beat Alabama and if Coker starts for them in the Championship Game ….Fisher knows him also

  14. jimmy53 says: Aug 17, 2014 6:55 PM

    As a Nole fan, I am very excited about this season and hopes are high–but NOTHING in college football is ever a lock.

    We have questions on our team like everyone else’s–maybe not as substantial as UA’s QB situation or UF’s entire team—but we are breaking in new WR’s, new RB’s, and a new center. Games with OSU, ND, and Clemson should be intriguing.

    It should be an interesting year…now if only it would GET HERE!!!

  15. jrs45 says: Aug 17, 2014 7:05 PM


    You should’ve died at birth.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 17, 2014 7:53 PM

    Not saying that FSU is a lock to win the title. Once in the final four they will have to play the 2 best teams they’ve seen all year and they won’t get to play them at home…

    But with the schedule they have, I would be very surprised if the Seminoles don’t make the playoff.

  17. florida727 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:14 PM

    Even as a Florida fan, I have to admit the deck is stacked in FSU’s favor. Their schedule works for them and they have a heck of a lot of talent returning that goes way beyond Jameis. Are they a “lock” to win the whole thing? Obviously not. But they should at least win the ACC and get into the final four.

    What will be interesting to see though is which of the so-called “power 5 conferences” gets their champion shut out of the final four. I bet the committee is hoping one of the conferences has a two-loss champion so they have an easy bail-out, especially in their first year.

  18. manik56 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:55 AM

    It is possible to win the National title and not win the tournament. All you have to do is be voted #1 in the AP, Coaches (unless they are bound again), the FWAA, or any other service. These polls are far from meaningless.

  19. musketmaniac says: Aug 18, 2014 11:42 AM

    they are not meaningless, they are damaging, if your team is having a big season but started out not ranked.

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