Coaches pick Florida State as No. 1
The Florida State Seminoles aren't going anywhere, as the defending national champions are the No. 1 team in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Thursday.
Preseason Coaches Poll
The top five teams in the Amway Coaches Top 25 preseason college football poll:
FSU, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, got 56 of the 62 first-place votes.
"We're very excited about being No. 1 and happy to be No. 1, but we understand that we have to play like No. 1 and play great football," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher told USA Today. "That's going to be our objective. We're proud to start there and now we just have to go play great football."
Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn, which lost to FSU in the final BCS title game last season, round out the top five. Ohio State starts at No. 6, and is followed by UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor.
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Overall, the SEC leads the way with seven teams in the poll. The Pac-12 is represented by six teams, and the Big 12 and Big Ten each have four teams in the poll.
The 2014 season will be capped by the four-team College Football Playoff, with the championship game to be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12, 2015.
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