Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.

The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time -- the first since 1999 when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.

Defending Pac-12 champion Stanford is ranked No. 11, trailing conference foes Oregon at No. 3 and UCLA at No. 7.

Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama, Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each received one first-place vote. Ohio State is No. 5, and Auburn is No. 6. UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor round out the top 10.

The Southeastern Conference matched its own record for most teams in the preseason poll from one conference with eight. The Pac-12 is next with six, the best showing for that conference. USC came in at No. 15, Arizona State was ranked 19th and Washington is at No. 25.

Three Mountain West Conference schools -- Boise State, Nevada and Utah State -- got votes, but none received enough to crack the top 25. Boise State had 10 points, and Nevada and Utah State each received one point.

Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner last season as a redshirt freshman, led Florida State to a 34-31 victory against Auburn in the last BCS national championship game.


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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.

The AP preseason poll started in 1950, and since then 10 preseason No. 1 teams have gone on to finish the season ranked No. 1, including Florida State twice (1993 and '99).