Sunday October 23rd, 2016 8:00PM

Defending champ FSU is No. 1 in first AP poll, Dogs 12th

By The Associated Press
Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes Sunday 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 and Auburn is No. 6.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> The rest of the top 10 is UCLA at No. 7, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor. Georgia comes in at No. 12 in the rankings.<br /> <br /> The Southeastern Conference matched its own record for most teams in the preseason poll from one conference with eight. The Pac-12 is next with six, the best showing for that conference.<br /> <br /> The AP preseason poll started in 1950 and since then 10 preseason No. 1 teams have gone on to finish the season ranked No. 1, including Florida State twice (1993 and '99).
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