College Football Preseason Rankings 2014: Comparing AP and Amway Coaches Top 25

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College Football Preseason Rankings 2014: Comparing AP and Amway Coaches Top 25
Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

With Sunday's release of The Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll, we now have rankings from the media and from coaches (Amway poll came out July 31) to give us an idea of where the top teams stand.

While the No. 1 team is the same in both polls, there are plenty of differences. That's not surprising, considering the different voting blocs and release dates.

While preseason polls are always speculative, the Amway came out before the start of training camp, and the AP debuted midway through fall practice and had the benefit of more current information—both positive and negative—to influence rankings.

Still, voters in both polls agreed on 24 of the same teams to rank among the top 25 to start the season, with 16 of those falling in the same spot in each ranking. Defending national champion Florida State opens atop both polls, collecting a combined 113 of 122 total first-place votes, and Alabama is the No. 2 team in each.

Now that the polls are out, it's time to compare and contrast them to find the discrepancies.

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