Athlon preseason rankings: FSU No. 2, Florida Gators in top 25
Too-early Top 25 polls have begun morphing into actual rankings from preseason magazines.
One of the first is Athlon Sports, which released its Top 25 on Monday.
Florida State is No. 2 and "poised to challenge for the title," Athlon writes. The only team ahead of the Seminoles is defending national champion Alabama.
Ohio State is third, followed by Clemson, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Notre Dame and LSU. FSU's first opponent, Ole Miss is No. 9, and Washington completes the top 10.
The Gators are No. 21 with a defense "still among the best in the SEC," Athlon writes.
Other notables include Georgia (No. 17) and FSU opponents Louisville (No. 19) and North Carolina (22).