|2014 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings|
|Preseason #1||Florida State|
|End of Season Champions||Ohio State|
| Conference with most|
teams in final AP poll
|SEC, Pac-12 (6)|
| NCAA Division I FBS football rankings
Two human polls and a committee's selections comprised the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football rankings, in addition to various publications' preseason polls. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship. Various unofficial titles are bestowed by different polling agencies. Two primary weekly polls began before the season —the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. Midway through the season, the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings were released after the eighth week.
2014 was the first season with the new College Football Playoff system which replaced the previous Bowl Championship Series. At the conclusion of the regular season, on December 7, the final CFP rankings determined who would play in the two bowl games designated as semifinals for the first College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
|Increase in ranking|
|Decrease in ranking|
|Not ranked previous week|
|Selected for College Football Playoff|
|Number of first place votes|
|Tied with team above or below also with this symbol|
- ↑ "2014 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings". ESPN.com. August 17, 2014. http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings/_/year/2014/week/1. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
- ↑ McMurphy, Brett (April 24, 2013). "Football playoff has name and site". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9204021/football-playoff-name-site. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
- ↑ Wolken, Dan (April 25, 2013). "Questions and answers for the College Football Playoff". USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/04/24/college-football-playoff-questions-and-answers/2111419/. Retrieved June 19, 2014.