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Florida State starts on top

Florida State starts on top

NO. 1: Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, left, and quarterback Jameis Winston (5) pose for a photo during their NCAA college football media day in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State starts its quest for back-to-back national championships Aug. 30 when they open against Oklahoma State in Arlington, Tex. Photo: Associated Press/Phil Sears

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll. The Seminoles start the season No. 1 for the sixth time after receiving 57 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel.

Second-ranked Alabama, third-ranked Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma all received one first-place vote.

Ohio State is fifth, followed by Auburn, UCLA, Michigan St., South Carolina and Baylor.

The Bowl Championship Series is being replaced this season by the College Football Playoff. A selection committee will pick the top four teams in the country for two national semifinals.

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