Kansas State earned its second preseason ranking Sunday afternoon as the Wildcats came in at No. 20 in the Preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll.
It is the second time in the last three years K-State has been ranked in the first AP poll — the highest position in the preseason poll since 2004.
The Wildcats — ranked 21st in the 2014 Preseason Coaches Poll — are one of three Big 12 teams to appear in the first poll of the season, Oklahoma checked in at No. 4 and Baylor at No. 10.
Auburn, K-State’s Sept. 18 opponent, opens the season ranked No. 6.
Florida State was an overwhelming choice as No. 1, receiving 57 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 OU got one first-place vote each. Ohio State is No. 5.
Last season was a good reminder that preseason rankings can look pretty silly by the end of the season. Four teams that finished in the final top 10 last season (No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 5 Missouri and No. 10 UCF) were unranked to start the season. Throw in No. 13 Baylor, No. 20 Arizona State and No. 23 Duke, and seven of the teams that either won or played for the championship in the six conferences with BCS automatic-qualifying status began 2013 unranked.
The Bowl Championship Series is gone now, replaced by the College Football Playoff. The top four teams will be placed into national semifinals to be played on New Year’s Day and advance to the championship game about a week and half later.
UCLA is No. 7, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina at No. 9. Stanford is No. 11, followed by Georgia, LSU and Wisconsin. Southern Cal comes in at No. 15, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame at No. 17 and then Mississippi at No. 18.
Arizona State is No. 19, followed by K-State, then Texas A&M, Nebraska at No. 22 and then North Carolina at No. 23.
Missouri is No. 23 and Washington wraps it up at No. 25.
Texas, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech are all receiving votes.