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Defending champion Florida State opens football season at No. 1

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 yesterday 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, Auburn is No. 6, and UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor round out the top 10.

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 AP Top 25

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. Mississippi 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.

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