NFP preseason Top 25

Which top teams are chasing the 'Noles? Dave Miller

Print This August 25, 2014, 04:30 PM EST

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With the start of the new FBS college football season just a few days away, let's take a look at the National Football Post's preseason Top 25, which is an attempt to show what a prospective end-of-the-year rankings could look like before the postseason slate is unveiled.

Note: The top four teams are ranked in order of how I believe the College Football Playoff selection committee would seed them for the inaugural playoff. Nos. 5-11 are also ranked with the CFP in mind. The twelfth team that would be a part of the top six bowls is Houston, which would receive an automatic major bowl berth because the Cougars would be the highest-ranked Group of Five team. However, it would not need to be ranked exactly at No. 12 in order to earn a berth into either the Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl.

1. Florida State

2. Alabama

3. Oregon

4. Ohio State

5. Auburn

6. Oklahoma

7. USC

8. Baylor

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9. Georgia

10. UCLA

11. Clemson

12. Michigan State

13. South Carolina

14. LSU

15. Stanford

16. Nebraska

17. Washington

18. Notre Dame

19. Florida

20. Wisconsin

21. Houston

22. Kansas State

23. Virginia Tech

24. Texas

25. Iowa

The next five

Ole Miss
North Carolina
Texas A&M
Texas Tech

Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.

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