“We’re the second-winningest team in the country the last four years, the winningest team the last two years and have had the most NFL players,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We’ve recruited well, too. Recruited a lot of great young players we’ve been able to mentor and develop as we go, so we’re very comfortable with the guys who are replacing the guys that left.”
And yet, the SEC continues its stranglehold as the top conference. Alabama is No. 2 and the Crimson Tide are one of eight SEC teams in the top 25 and one of 11 SEC schools who received votes. The SEC tied its own record for the most schools in the preseason poll.
Alabama has been ranked in the top five in six consecutive preseason polls, the nation’s longest current streak.
Georgia was voted 12th. Other SEC schools: Auburn, sixth; South Carolina, ninth; LSU, 13th; Ole Miss, 18th; Texas A&M, 21st; Missouri, 24th. The other SEC teams to receive votes were Florida, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.
Among other conferences, the Pac-12 had six teams in the top 25 and eight teams that received votes.
This season the Bowl Championship Series is being replaced by the College Football Playoff. A selection committee will pick the top four teams in the country for two national semifinals.