Washington opens AP preseason football poll at No. 25
Ranking is Huskies’ first in preseason since 2003. Florida State is No. 1 followed by Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Washington Huskies are ranked No. 25 in The Associated Press preseason poll released Sunday.
It’s UW’s first appearance in the AP preseason poll since 2003. The Huskies received 130 points in the poll of media members.
The Huskies begin the Chris Petersen era against Hawaii in Honolulu on Aug. 30
UW was 9-4 last season and finished 2013 ranked No. 25 in the AP poll, the first time the program had finished in the AP rankings since 2001.
This is the 29th time overall that Washington has been ranked in the AP preseason poll.
The Huskies are also ranked No. 25 in the preseason coaches’ poll.
Florida State, the defending national champion, is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, followed by Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
The Pac-12 has six teams ranked in the AP poll. Also ranked from the Pac-12 are UCLA (7), defending champion Stanford (11), USC (15) and Arizona State (19).
The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999 when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.
Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each received one first-place vote.
Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner last season as a redshirt freshman, led Florida State to a 34-31 victory against Auburn in the last BCS national championship game.
“We’re the second-winningest team in the country the last four years, the winningest team the last two years and have had the most NFL players,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We’ve recruited well, too. Recruited a lot of great young players we’ve been able to mentor and develop as we go, so we’re very comfortable with the guys who are replacing the guys that left.”
This season, the Bowl Championship Series is being replaced by the College Football Playoff. A selection committee will pick the top four teams in the country for two national semifinals.
The rest of the top 10 is No. 6 Auburn, UCLA at No. 7, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor.
The Southeastern Conference matched its own record for most teams in the preseason poll from one conference with eight.
The AP preseason poll started in 1950 and since then 10 preseason No. 1 teams have gone on to finish the season ranked No. 1, including Florida State twice (1993 and ‘99).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.