The Associated Press
School (first place votes) with record and total points
1. Florida St. (57) 0-0 1496
2. Alabama (1) 0-0 1361
3. Oregon (1) 0-0 1334
4. Oklahoma (1) 0-0 1324


5. Ohio State 0-0 1207
6. Auburn 0-0 1198
7. UCLA 0-0 1106
8. Michigan State 0-0 1080
9. South Carolina 0-0 1015
10. Baylor 0-0 966
11. Stanford 0-0 885
12. Georgia 0-0 843
13. LSU 0-0 776
14. Wisconsin 0-0 637
15. Southern Cal 0-0 626
16. Clemson 0-0 536
17. Notre Dame 0-0 445
18. Ole Miss 0-0 424
19. Arizona State 0-0 357
20. Kansas State 0-0 242
21. Texas A&M 0-0 238
22. Nebraska 0-0 226
23. North Carolina 0-0 194
24. Missouri 0-0 134
25. Washington 0-0 130

Last season was a good reminder that preseason rankings can look pretty silly by the end of the season. Four teams that finished in final top 10 last season (No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 5 Missouri and No. 10 UCF) were unranked to start the season. Throw in No. 13 Baylor, No. 20 Arizona State and No. 23 Duke, and seven of the teams that either won or played for the championship in the six conferences with BCS automatic-qualifying status began 2013 unranked.
The Bowl Championship Series is gone now, replaced by the College Football Playoff. The top four teams will be placed into national semifinals to be played on New Year’s Day and advance to the championship game about a week and half later.
Florida State starts its season with a rebuilding Oklahoma State team at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which, coincidentally, is also the site of the first College Football Playoff national championship game.
CONFERENCE CALL
Do not think for a second that the end of the Southeastern Conference’s streak of national championships means the SEC is slipping.
The SEC begins the 2014 season with eight ranked teams, matching its own record for most teams from one conference in the preseason poll, set in 2011.
After Alabama and Auburn, South Carolina is No. 9, Georgia is 12, LSU is 13, Mississippi is 18, Texas A&M is 21 and Missouri is 24.
The Pac-12, which gave the SEC a good run as the nation’s best conference last year, has six ranked teams — No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 Stanford, No. 15 Southern California, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 25 Washington — the most ever for the league in the preseason.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
— No. 7 UCLA has its best preseason ranking since 1998, when the Bruins were also seventh.
— No. 8 Michigan State has its best preseason ranking since 1967, when the Spartans were No. 3.
— No. 10 Baylor is ranked in the preseason for the first time since 1986 and has its best preseason rankings since 1957, when the Bears were No. 7.
— No. 25 Washington, with new coach Chris Petersen, formerly of Boise State, is making its first preseason appearance since 2003.
START TO FINISH
Since the AP preseason poll debuted in 1950, Florida State in ‘99 and Southern California in 2004 are the only teams to start and end the season No. 1 in the AP poll. Eight other preseason No. 1s have also won the national championship.
STREAKS
— Ohio State has been ranked in 26 straight preseason polls, the nation’s longest current streak.
— Alabama has been ranked in the top five in six straight preseason polls, the nation’s longest current streak.