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UCLA Ranked No. 7 In USA Today Preseason Poll; USC No. 15

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Andre Heidari #48 of the USC Trojans has his field goal blocked by Sheldon Price #22 of the UCLA Bruins during the fourth quarter at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California. UCLA won 38-28. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Andre Heidari #48 of the USC Trojans has his field goal blocked by Sheldon Price #22 of the UCLA Bruins during the fourth quarter at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California. UCLA won 38-28. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) – Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches’ poll.

Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end of the season.

Ohio State was sixth, UCLA seventh, Michigan State eighth, South Carolina ninth and Baylor 10th.

The Southeastern Conference had five of the top 13 teams in the poll, with No. 12 Georgia and No. 13 LSU joining Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina.

Oklahoma received three first-place votes. Oregon, Ohio State and South Carolina received one first-place vote each.

USC, who has a favorable schedule, is ranked 15. They will play only one team in the top 25 of the coaches poll – UCLA.

The AP preseason poll will be released Friday.

1. Florida State (56)
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma (3)
4. Oregon (1)
5. Auburn
6. Ohio State (1)
7. UCLA
8. Michigan State
9. South Carolina (1)
10. Baylor
11. Stanford
12. Georgia
13. LSU
14. Wisconsin
15. Southern Cal
16. Clemson
17. Notre Dame
18. Arizona State
19. Mississippi
20. Texas A&M
21. Kansas State
22. Nebraska
23. North Carolina
24. Texas
25. Washington

Others receiving votes: Missouri 126, Florida 122, UCF 102, Mississippi State 74, Oklahoma State 56, TCU 54, Michigan 53, Iowa 49, Miami 45, Duke 41, Louisville 32, Marshall 27, BYU 18, Boise State 13, Louisiana 12, Virginia Tech 12, Texas Tech 8, Cincinnati 6, Minnesota 6, Northwestern 5, Fresno State 4, Oregon State 4, Georgia Tech 2, Houston 2, Arizona 1, Arkansas 1, Northern Illinois 1.

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