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CFT 2014 Preseason Top 25: ‘Noles look to go back-to-back

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Over seven months ago, Florida State staked its claim to the last-ever Bowl Championship Series Trophy. The question now is, can the Seminoles win the first-ever College Football Playoff trophy?

At least as far as the CFT writers are concerned, the answer was a resounding “hell yes!!!” as all three of us — Brent Sobleski, Kevin McGuire and I — placed FSU at No. 1 in our preseason Top 25 rankings.

In somewhat of a surprise, Oregon was next up at No. 2, followed by Alabama, No. 2 in the Associated Press and coaches’ poll, at No. 3, Ohio State at No. 4 and Oklahoma at No. 5. Were the poll to be conducted today, there’s a very good chance the Buckeyes would slip to the bottom of the Top 10 — or even out of it — on the strength of Braxton Miller‘s season-ending injury.

As for the remainder of the Top 10, UCLA checks in at No. 6, followed by, in order from Nos. 7-10, South Carolina, Auburn, Baylor and Stanford.

The only Non-Power Five conference team to make the preseason cut was the Mountain West’s Boise State at No. 24.

Conference-wise, the SEC leads all leagues with six in the Top 25, the lowest of which is Ole Miss at No. 17. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have five teams each, with the ACC (four) and Big 12 (three) bringing up the Power-Five rear.

For comparison, the AP poll had eight SEC teams in the Top 25 and six from the Pac-12. The coaches’ poll also had six from the Pac-12, while only seven from the SEC.

Below are the complete set of CFT preseason top 25 rankings. And, for a repository on all of our 2014 preseason previews, click HERE.

No. 1 Florida State
No. 2 Oregon
No. 3 Alabama
No. 4 Ohio State
No. 5 Oklahoma
No. 6 UCLA
No. 7 South Carolina
No. 8 Auburn
No. 9 Baylor
No. 10 Stanford
No. 11 Michigan State
No. 12 Georgia
No. 13 LSU
No. 14 USC
No. 15 Notre Dame
No. 16 Clemson
No. 17 Ole Miss
No. 18 Wisconsin
No. 19 Duke
No. 20 Texas
No. 21 Nebraska
No. 22 Arizona State
No. 23 North Carolina
No. 24 Boise State
No. 25 Iowa

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4 Responses to “CFT 2014 Preseason Top 25: ‘Noles look to go back-to-back”
  1. jimmy53 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:16 PM


  2. hittfamily says: Aug 28, 2014 12:35 PM

    I don’t know. They lost Benjamin…and um….

    Dammit, the Noles are gonna repeat.

  3. sportsfan18 says: Aug 28, 2014 5:30 PM

    “The only Non-Power Five conference team to make the preseason cut was the Mountain West’s Boise State at No. 24.”

    Which power five conference does Notre Dame belong to again?

    Are they in the Big Ten? Nope.

    Are they in the SEC? Nope

    Are they in the ACC? Nope

    Are they in the Pac 12? Nope

    Are they in the Big 12? Nope.

    Now I KNOW they are included with the teams who ARE in the power five conferences for the playoff…

    But Notre Dame is NOT IN a power five conference…

    That is a significant difference.

    They don’t get a split of revenues from the SEC TV money or any other of those conferences…

    They don’t play 8 or so games against only teams from one of those conferences etc…

  4. florida727 says: Aug 29, 2014 7:20 AM

    Bye bye Boise after last night. Also, heard a blogger for Bleacher Report on our local sports radio station refer to South Carolina as “the most overrated team in the SEC”. Guess he knew what he was talking about, huh? A little early for the sudden Kenny-Hill-for-Heisman talk, but he sure put his name on the list of those to watch. Not hating on Manziel, but it does make you wonder how much of his success can, and should, be attributed to Kevin Sumlin’s system. One game doesn’t make a season, but man, A&M looked awfully good last night. Their defense is miles ahead of where it was last year.

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