AP Top 25 football poll: Where MSU, U of M rank

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(AP) —  Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare feat.

The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes.

No. 2 Clemson received 18 first-place votes. Georgia is No. 3 and Wisconsin is fourth. The Badgers received one first-place vote. Ohio State was ranked fifth.

Michigan State came in at No. 11, three spots ahead of the University of Michigan.

The preseason AP poll started in 1950 and since then only Oklahoma from 1985-87 had started No. 1 in three straight years until now.

The Southeastern Conference leads the way with six teams in the Top 25. The Big Ten is next with five teams while the Big 12 and ACC each had four.

  1.  Alabama (42)              13-1  1505   1
  2.  Clemson (18)              12-2  1476   4
  3.  Georgia                   13-2  1350   2
  4.  Wisconsin (1)             13-1  1271   7
  5.  Ohio St.                  12-2  1256   5
  6.  Washington                10-3  1215  16
  7.  Oklahoma                  12-2  1173   3
  8.  Miami                     10-3  1027  13
  9.  Auburn                    10-4  1013  10
  10.  Penn St.                  11-2  1012   8
  11.  Michigan St.              10-3   877  15
  12.  Notre Dame                10-3   804  11
  13.  Stanford                   9-5   778  20
  14.  Michigan                   8-5   773  NR
  15.  Southern Cal              11-3   543  12
  16.  TCU                       11-3   533   9
  17.  West Virginia              7-6   511  NR
  18.  Mississippi St.            9-4   450  19
  19.  Florida St.                7-6   384  NR
  20.  Virginia Tech              9-4   351  24
  21.  UCF                       13-0   312   6
  22.  Boise St.                 11-3   292  22
  23.  Texas                      7-6   216  NR
  24.  Oregon                     7-6   148  NR
  25.   LSU                        9-4   106  18

Others receiving votes: South Carolina 96, Florida 68, Utah 60, Oklahoma St. 51, FAU 38, Arizona 28, NC State 22, Texas A&M 21, Boston College 18, Northwestern 13, Kansas St. 10, Iowa St. 8, Houston 6, Memphis 3, Troy 2, Iowa 2, Kentucky 1, Arkansas St. 1, Fresno St. 1.

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