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Florida State Seminoles start No. 5 in 2011 Coaches Poll

Florida State ranks fifth in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll announced Thursday behind No. 1 Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon and LSU.

Florida is 23rd. Miami, UCF and USF all received votes.

Oklahoma will play at Florida State on Sept. 17.

The No. 5 preseason ranking is the Seminoles' highest since 2002, when they started the season No. 4.

"I know expectations are high this year and we embrace those," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said in a news release. "It's great to see that the country is seeing Florida State's program is heading in the right direction and getting back to the top. But, we also realize that these preseason rankings don't win you a championship. We have to go out there and live up to them. We have to embrace them. I'd much rather start up high than start down low."

Miami had 49 votes, UCF 22 and USF nine.

Florida and Ohio State (16) are the only two schools that have appeared in every USA Today preseason poll dating to 1991. The Big East did not have any teams in the top 25.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report, which includes information from the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida State Seminoles start No. 5 in 2011 Coaches Poll 08/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 5:48pm]
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