TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 10: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles rushes for a touchdown during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

AP voter explains why they named Florida State the No. 1 team in the country


On Sunday morning, the first preseason AP Poll was released, and the Florida State Seminoles, who are College Football Playoff contenders this year, checked in at No. 4. However, the 'Noles did receive five No. 1 votes by voters. One of those was Josh Kendall of The State. Kendall covers South Carolina football for the newspaper. He recently revealed why he chose to give the 'Noles his No. 1 vote at The State. Here's what he had to say about justifying the vote.

"My first-place vote went to Florida State as did four other first-place votes across the country," Kendall writes. "I think the Seminoles will win the national title for two reasons. No. 1, they have running back Dalvin Cook, who I think is the best offensive player in the country. No. 2, they can probably survive a regular season loss to Clemson and still make the Final Four because they have two SEC teams on their out-of-conference schedule. I know Florida State will have a first-year starting quarterback with Deondre Francois, but first-year starters have done just fine on elite teams."

Click here to read Kendall's full story regarding his AP ballot.