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.
|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|