For the third time in six years, Florida State is No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason poll.
The Seminoles have never won the national title despite six consecutive finishes in the top four.
Florida State, which also started out No. 1 in 1988 and 1991, received 42 of 62 first-place votes and 1,522 of a possible 1,550 points in the nationwide survey of sports writers and broadcasters. The Seminoles also are No. 1 in the USA Today-CNN coaches' poll.