Preseason College Football Rankings 2014: Predicting the AP's Top 25

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Preseason College Football Rankings 2014: Predicting the AP's Top 25
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Jimbo Fisher, Jameis Winston and Florida State begin 2014 as a national favorite.

We're fewer than three weeks away from the opening of the much-anticipated 2014 college football season, with teams beginning their second week of preseason workouts and two-a-day practices.

New faces are emerging, position battles are being fought and fans across the country are forming opinions about who they think will emerge as contenders for the inaugural College Football Playoff.

On Sunday, another piece of that thought process will fall into place when The Associated Press releases its annual preseason Top 25 poll. Voted on by college football media members across the nation, the poll has no influence on the College Football Playoff selection committee's deliberations but is nonetheless an important milepost for the 2014 season and how the national picture is viewed.

Here is a look at how we think the AP Top 25 will shake out when it is released. This is not a matter of personal opinion but how we believe the poll will look Sunday. It is based on a combination of how the teams performed in 2013 and their projected returnees and newcomers, as well as the difficulty of their 2014 schedules.

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