The Seminoles start the season at No. 1 for the sixth time but for the first time since 1999, when they became the first team to hold the spot for the entire season. Head coach Jimbo Fisher's team starts off the season this year at No. 1 after receiving 57 of 60 possible first-place votes cast by the media on Sunday.
The Bowl Championship Series this year will be replaced by the College Football Playoff, in which a committee selects four teams to compete in two national semifinals.
- Marc Weinreich