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By Zac Ellis
July 31, 2014

USA Today released its preseason Coaches Poll on Thursday afternoon, where reigning champion Florida State garnered 56 of the 62 first-place votes to land atop the rankings. Here are a few thoughts on how the rankings shook out:

  • The SEC landed seven teams in the preseason Coaches Poll, followed by the Pac-12 with six, the Big 12 and Big Ten with four each, the ACC with three and Notre Dame.
  • It's easy to see why the Seminoles landed atop the preseason Coaches Poll. Thirteen starters return for the defending champs, including Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The 'Noles' schedule also presents a favorable path to a playoff berth. Florida State gets Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida in Tallahassee. Based on this poll, Florida State should cruise through the ACC -- only two other teams from that conference emerged in the poll: Clemson at No. 16 and North Carolina at No. 23.
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  • Remember, the Coaches Poll used to account for one-third of the BCS formula, but the poll will not be a required component of the upcoming College Football Playoff. Instead, the new 13-person selection committee will be free to use any criteria necessary when it selects the four playoff teams and the participants in the New Year's Day bowls.
  • Rank

    team

    Points

    First Place Votes

    1

    Florida State Seminoles

    1543

    56

    2

    Alabama Crimson Tide

    1455

    0

    3

    Oklahoma Sooners

    1382

    3

    4

    Oregon Ducks

    1314

    1

    5

    Auburn Tigers

    1271

    0

    6

    Ohio State Buckeyes

    1267

    1

    7

    UCLA Bruins

    1085

    0

    8

    Michigan State Spartans

    1050

    0

    9

    South Carolina Gamecocks

    1009

    1

    10

    Baylor Bears

    965

    0

    11

    Stanford Cardinal

    955

    0

    12

    Georgia Bulldogs

    905

    0

    13

    LSU Tigers

    833

    0

    14

    Wisconsin Badgers

    654

    0

    15

    USC Trojans

    627

    0

    16

    Clemson Tigers

    535

    0

    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

    22

    Nebraska Cornhuskers

    228

    0

    23

    North Carolina Tar Heels

    175

    0

    24

    Texas Longhorns

    143

    0

    25

    Washington Huskies

    142

    0