College football's first major preseason top 25 poll of 2014 is out, released by USA Today. As expected, Florida State takes the No. 1 spot, followed by a mix of SEC, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Oregon.
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- Also receiving votes: Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.
Coaches poll Top 25 by conference: SEC 7, Pac-12 6, Big 12 & B1G 4 each, ACC 3, Notre Dame— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 31, 2014
A few things to know about the 2014 Coaches Poll, other than who ranks where:
1. The Coaches Poll, theoretically voted on by coaches (the 2014 list), no longer determines anything that happens on the field. It's now separate from the BCS standings. This is in part because the BCS no longer exists. The only rankings that now factor into competition are those produced by the Playoff selection committee beginning in October, though we'll have to wait and see how much those are swayed by the AP and Coaches polls.
2. The Coaches Poll does still determine who wins the beloved crystal football, which will tend to become one of many items that accompany the new national championship trophy. The crystal football will try to convince you of its indefatigable majesty, though.
3. This poll is now sponsored by Amway. Yes, there are many jokes about this fact.
If you get 5 other coaches to vote, and they each get 5, you make the playoff. RT @slmandel: Amway is the new sponsor of the coaches poll.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) February 19, 2014