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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

    HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
    OUT
    HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
    IN
    Eagle (-2)
    Birdie (-1)
    Bogey (+1)
    Double Bogey (+2)