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Florida State tops preseason AP football poll; Alabama No. 2

Defending champion Florida State tops AP preseason football poll

Defending national champion Florida State is on top of the Associated Press preseason poll, which was released Sunday.

The Seminoles, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, start the season No. 1 for the sixth time overall and first since 1999 when they were first all season long.

Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each got one first-place vote.

Ohio State rounded out the top five.

Auburn, which lost the national title game to Florida State, starts off the season at No. 6.

A selection committee will choose four teams at the end of the regular season to play the first College Football Playoff to determine the national champion.

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