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Florida State tops first USA Today coaches' poll
Florida State tops first USA Today coaches' poll

If the college football playoff started today and the USA Today coaches' poll still mattered, Florida State would play Oregon in one semifinal with Alabama and Oklahoma pairing up in the other. The Seminoles and Ducks would play in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day right after the Crimson Tide and Sooners in the Rose Bowl. The winners would play at A&T Stadium in Texas for the first College Football Playoff championships. The coaches' preseason top 10 is Florida State, Alabama, Oklahoma and Oregon, followed by No. 5 Auburn, Ohio State, UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor. Stanford is 11 while USC, finally off probation after four years, starts No. 15. ...