Seminoles top preseason coaches poll, only state team ranked
JUL 31, 2014 12:50p ET
"We're very excited about being No. 1 and happy to be No. 1, but we understand that we have to play like No. 1 and play great football," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher told USA TODAY Sports. "That's going to be our objective. We're proud to start there and now we just have to go play great football.
It's the first time FSU has been ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll since 2009.
The University of Florida, 4-8 last season, is not in the poll for the first time since 1991. The Gators received 122 votes, leaving them 27th.
UCF, which finished last season 12-1 and was ranked No. 12 in the final coaches poll after defeating Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, received 102 votes, leaving the Knights just outside the top 25 at No. 28.
The University of Miami, a preseason favorite in the ACC Coastal Division, received 45 votes.