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Michigan State is No. 11, and Michigan is No. 14 in the Associated Press preseason college football poll, released Monday.

Alabama is the No. 1-ranked team in the country, and will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat.

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.

Michigan State and Michigan were Nos. 12 and 14, respectively, in the first coaches poll released Aug. 2.

Michigan State is coming off a turnaround 10-3 season that included a second-place finish in the Big Ten East, and a victory in the Holiday Bowl over Washington State, and a No. 15 ranking in the final AP poll. The Spartans return 19 of 22 starters, including quarterback Brian Lewerke, running back LJ Scott and the majority of the starters from a defense that last season ranked No. 7 in country in total defense.

More: The Detroit News college football preseason top 25 rankings

Michigan is coming off an 8-5 season that includes losses to rivals Ohio State and Michigan State, as well as a loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl — the only Big Ten team of the eight that played to lose a bowl game. The Wolverines return the bulk of their starters, and once again will boast a talented defense expected to be among the best in the country. They also welcome quarterback Shea Patterson, a transfer from Ole Miss.

Michigan State and Michigan are two of five Big Ten teams in the poll, following Wisconsin (No. 4), Ohio State (No. 5), and Penn State (No. 10).

Michigan State opens its season Aug. 31 at home against Utah State. Michigan opens its season Sept. 1 at Notre Dame.

AP PRESEASON POLL

Listed with first-place votes in parentheses, 2017 record, points and ranking in final AP poll last season.

1. Alabama (42 first-place votes), 13-1 record, 1,505 points (last year: 1)

2. Clemson (18), 12-2, 1,476 (4)

3. Georgia, 13-2, 1,350 (2)

4. Wisconsin (1), 13-1, 1,271 (7)

5. Ohio State, 12-2, 1,256 (5)

6. Washington, 10-3, 1,215 (16)

7. Oklahoma, 12-2, 1,173 (3)

8. Miami, 10-3, 1,027 (13)

9. Auburn, 10-4, 1,013 (10)

10. Penn State, 11-2, 1,012 (8)

11. Michigan State, 10-3, 877 (15)

12. Notre Dame , 10-3, 804 (11)

13. Stanford, 9-5, 778 (20)

14. Michigan, 8-5, 773 (NR)

15. USC, 11-3, 543 (12)

16. TCU, 11-3, 533 (9)

17. West Virginia, 7-6, 511 (NR)

18. Mississippi State, 9-4, 450 (19)

19. Florida State, 7-6, 384 (NR)

20. Virginia Tech, 9-4, 351 (24)

21. UCF, 13-0, 312 (6)

22. Boise State, 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 State 51, FAU 38, Arizona 28, N.C. State 22, Texas A&M 21, Boston College 18, Northwestern 13, Kansas State 10, Iowa State 8, Houston 6, Memphis 3, Troy 2, Iowa 2, Kentucky 1, Arkansas State 1, Fresno State 1.

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