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August 17, 2014

K-State, Mizzou in AP preseason college football poll

Kansas State and Missouri are part of the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll. Defending national champion Florida State is projected to pick up where it left off. The Seminoles are ranked first.

Kansas State and Missouri have residence in The Associated Press preseason top 25 poll.

The Wildcats are No. 20, the Tigers No. 24 on the list that was announced Sunday.

The top five: Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

If the top four teams in the poll find themselves in that order at the end of the regular season, the first College Football Playoff would match Florida State against Oklahoma and Alabama against Oregon.

But neither the AP nor the coaches’ poll is being used as criteria for the playoff committee, which will select the four teams for the bracket.

Kansas State is coming off an 8-5 season that was capped by a victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The Wildcats are one of three Big 12 teams in the rankings, with Baylor 10th. The Bears have their best preseason ranking since 1957, when they were No. 7.

Mizzou went 12-2 last season, won the East Division in its second year in the Southeastern Conference and defeated Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.

The Tigers were one of eight SEC teams in the rankings, matching the league’s own record for most teams from one conference in the preseason poll, set in 2011.

Nebraska came in at No. 22.

Florida State, which won its first national championship last season since 1999, received 57 first-place votes. The Seminoles return Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jamies Winston and will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time.

Alabama, Oregon and Oklahoma each received a first-place vote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

AP PRESEASON FOOTBALL POLL

1.Florida State (57 first-place votes)

2. Alabama (1)

3. Oregon (1)

4. Oklahoma (1)

5. Ohio State

6. Auburn

7. UCLA

8. Michigan State

9. South Carolina

10. Baylor

11. Stanford

12. Georgia

13. LSU

14. Wisconsin

15. Southern California

16. Clemson

17. Notre Dame

18. Mississippi

19. Airzona State

20. Kansas State

21. Texas A&M

22. Nebraska

23. North Carolina

24. Missouri

25. Washington

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