AP Preseason Top 25
|1||Florida State (57)|
The AP released their preseason college football top 25 rankings Sunday with the season officially less than two weeks away.
No surprise, the defending national champions, the Florida State Seminoles, are number one.
Jameis Winston, Jimbo Fisher, and company take 57 of a possible 60 first place votes.
It's the sixth time the Noles open the poll in the number one spot, the first since 1999, when they became the first program to stay on top the whole season.
One team hoping to keep FSU from achieving that is second ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide received just one first place vote, but if they ride the season in that spot, Bama will be set for the new four-team College Football Playoff.
Project the season out with these rankings and the Auburn Tigers would be two spots out of the playoff. They start the season ranked sixth in the nation, but are one of a record eight teams from the conference who are slotted in the top 25, tying their own record.
The Florida Gators are not a part of that group. UF just misses being the ninth squad from the Southeastern in the AP poll. They're 27th, just on the outside.
UCF is 26th. Miami is 39th.