MSU ranked No. 8 in AP preseason poll

Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.

Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans are ranked No. 8 in the preseason poll. This marks the Spartans highest preseason ranking in the AP poll since 1967 when they were No. 3.

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. Ohio State is No. 5 and Auburn is No. 6.

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.

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.
 

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