For the 11th time under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma Football will open the season as a Top-5 team.
The Sooners check in at number three in the first Amway Coaches Poll, which until this season was a portion of the Bowl Championship Series. Defending National Champion, Florida State opens the season at number one.
The new College Football Playoff will determine the national champion going forward and longtime polls sponsored by Amway, formerly USA Today, and The Associated Press will give out additional trophies.
FSU seeks a repeat of its third national crown, but history in the coaches poll doesn’t support the quest. Only three preseason No. 1 teams have went on to win the national championship since 1991. If there’s any positive in that figure it is the fact two of those teams were FSU in 1993 and 1999.
FSU received 56 first-place votes and had 1,543 points. Alabama, which finished eighth in last year’s final coaches’ poll, was second with 1,455 points and no first-place votes. Oklahoma (3) and Oregon (1) were Nos. 3 and 4 and also received first-place votes and 2013 BCS runner-up Auburn was fifth.
Ohio State, the favorite to win the Big Ten, UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor rounded out the Top 10. The Atlantic Coast Conference had three teams ranked, FSU at 1, Clemson at 16 and North Carolina at 23. The Southeastern Conference had four more representatives aside from Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina with Georgia (12), LSU (13), Mississippi (19) and Texas A&M (20) also in the Top 20.
The AP will release its preseason poll Aug. 17 and FSU is likely to be atop it as well. The College Football Playoff will release its first poll in October. A committee will choose the four teams in the College Football Playoff as well as slot opponents in the Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar, Cotton and Peach bowls.