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Michigan State is ranked No. 7 in the Sports Illustrated Top 25 preseason college football rankings.

Defending national champion Ohio State tops the rankings, followed by No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 TCU and No. 4 Notre Dame.

Sports Illustrated on the Spartans: "Michigan State is a team with top-shelf players and top-end consistency worthy of championship expectations. Senior quarterback Connor Cook, a potential first-rounder next April, has thrown 32 more touchdowns than interceptions the last two years. Tackle Jack Conklin, a 6-6, 317-pound junior who could have been drafted in round one last spring, anchors a line that allowed only 11 sacks in 2014. Defensive end Shilique Calhoun also returned, to boost a unit that has allowed just 18.3 points per game since 2010."

Michigan is not in the Top 25.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TOP 25

1. Ohio State

2. Auburn

3. TCU

4. Notre Dame

5. Alabama

6. Baylor

7. Michigan State

8. USC

9. Florida State

10. Oregon

11. Georgia

12. Clemson

13. Ole Miss

14. UCLA

15. Arizona

16. Boise State

17. Arizona State

18. Stanford

19. Georgia Tech

20. Missouri

21. Oklahoma

22. Arkansas

23. LSU

24. Wisconsin

25. Mississippi State

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