Florida State garners preseason No. 1 ranking

Defending champion Florida State collected 56 of 62 first-place votes in USA Today’s college football poll, making it the consensus preseason pick.

The Seminoles, who went 14-0 last year and beat Auburn in the national championship game, finished ahead of Alabama (No. 2), Oklahoma (No. 3), Oregon (No. 4) and Auburn (No. 5) atop the poll.

The USA Today rankings were compiled through a vote of 62 head coaches in college football.

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Other than Florida State, only Oklahoma gathered more than one first-place vote, finishing with three. The Sooners were 11-2 last season.

Among Big Ten teams, Ohio State was picked at No. 6 after a 12-2 campaign last season. Michigan State was No. 8, Wisconsin was No. 14, and Nebraska was picked No. 22.

Notre Dame, which finished 9-4, garnered a No. 17 preseason ranking.

Louisville, which is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, received votes but did not make the top 25.

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