Coming off their first national tile in more than a decade, the Florida State Seminoles earned the No. 1 spot in the 2014 preseason Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Sunday, while the Florida Gators will enter the season unranked after finishing 27th with 87 total votes in the first poll of the 2014 campaign.
Despite opening the 2013 season at No. 10 in the poll, Florida finished with a 4-8 record, the program’s worst since it went winless in 1979. It is the first time since 2003 that the Gators have not been ranked by AP voters to open the season.
Florida State received 57 of 60 possible first-place votes with Alabama (1), Oregon (1), Oklahoma (1) and Ohio State rounding out the top five.
Eight Southeastern Conference teams were ranked by AP voters this preseason – five in the top 15 – including: Alabama (No. 2), Auburn (No. 6), South Carolina (No. 9), Georgia (No. 12), LSU (No. 13), Ole Miss (No. 18), Texas A&M (No. 21) and Missouri (No. 24). UF will face six preseason-ranked teams in 2014.
Preseason 1-5: Florida State (57), Alabama (1), Oregon (1), Oklahoma (1), Ohio State
6-10: Auburn, UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina, Baylor
11-15: Stanford, Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin, USC
16-20: Clemson, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Kansas State
21-25: Texas A&M, Nebraska, North Carolina, Missouri, Washington
Others Receiving Votes
UCF 94; Florida 87; Texas 86; Duke 71; Iowa 68; Louisville 48; Marshall 41; Oklahoma State 37; Virginia Tech 26; TCU 23; Mississippi State 22; Michigan 19; Texas Tech 19; Miami (Fla.) 16; Cincinnati 15; Oregon State 10; Boise State 10; Northwestern 8; Brigham Young 8; Penn State 5; Vanderbilt 2; Navy 2; Nevada 1; UL Lafayette 1; Utah State 1
Florida was also unranked in the 2014 preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll, finishing 27th with 122 total votes in the first set of rankings. It is the first time since USA Today took over the coaches poll in 1991 that UF was unranked in its preseason edition.