Florida State #1, Alabama #2 in First Coaches Poll for 2014
Defending champion Florida State will enter the 2014 season as the clear-cut favorite according to college football coaches. The Seminoles received 56 of 62 first place votes in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll.
Alabama, who was picked by the media as the Southeastern Conference favorite, will start the year at No. 2 in the poll. The top five is rounded out by Oklahoma, Oregon, and Auburn.
Surprisingly, only one first place vote was handed out to an SEC team, and it didn’t go to the Crimson Tide or the Tigers. South Carolina, which ranks 9th, received the lone vote. Oklahoma (3), Oregon (1), and Ohio State (1) were the only other teams picked for the top spot.
The SEC led all conferences with seven teams in the top 25 with Missouri, Florida, Mississippi State, and Arkansas receiving votes. The entire SEC Western Division ranked in the top 50 after tallying up all of the votes.
The poll clearly shows the growing gap between the power five conferences and the rest of college football. No team affiliated with a conference outside of the SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, Big 10, or ACC cracked the top 25.