The first season of the College Football Playoff will serve to end the debate about who the best team in the nation is on the field. Until the playoff starts, the polls will have to do.
Florida State ended the Southeastern Conference's seven-year stranglehold on the title with a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the BCS Championship in January.
The Seminoles received 56 of 62 first-place votes.
The Seminoles return seven defensive starters and eight starters on offense, including Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston. They begin their championship defense Aug. 30 against Oklahoma State.
Coming in at No. 2 is perennial power Alabama.
The SEC has seven teams in the poll. The Pac-12 is second with six teams.
The Big 12 and Big Ten each have four teams in the poll, and the ACC has three. There are no teams from the American Athletic Conference.
The first regular season poll will be released Sept. 2.
The College Football semifinals will take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1. The national title game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12.
|Rank||team||Points||First Place Votes|
|1||Florida State Seminoles||1543||56|
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide||1455||0|
|6||Ohio State Buckeyes||1267||1|
|8||Michigan State Spartans||1050||0|
|9||South Carolina Gamecocks||1009||1|
|17||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||509||0|
|18||Arizona State Sun Devils||358||0|
|19||Ole Miss Rebels||346||0|
|20||Texas A&M Aggies||266||0|
|21||Kansas State Wildcats||257||0|
|23||North Carolina Tar Heels||175||0|
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