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MSU No. 5, OSU unanimous No. 1 in AP poll

Detroit News staff and wires
Shilique Calhoun, left, and the Spartans closed their 2014 season with a win over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.

Michigan State has been voted No. 5 in the preseason Associated Press college football poll.

Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in the history of the AP poll.

The defending national champion Buckeyes received all 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday.

TCU is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Baylor and the Spartans.

Dave Briggs of the Toledo Blade voted Michigan No. 24 in his poll, earning two points for the Wolverines.

No. 5 is the highest preseason ranking Michigan State has received since 1967, when it began the season No. 3.

"We need embrace our preseason ranking and display the maturity it takes to manage the expectations," MSU coach Mark Dantonio said. "Ultimately, our success will be measured at the end of the season."

The Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff championship last season and are trying to become the 12th team to win consecutive AP titles since the poll began in 1936.

Preseason rankings date back to 1950. Since then no team had received more than 97 percent of the first-place votes in a preseason poll.

In 2013, Alabama, which had won two straight championships, received 58 of 60 first-place votes and defending champion Florida did the same in 2009. Neither finished the season No. 1.

AP PRESEASON POLL

1. Ohio State (61 first-place votes), 14-1 record in 2014, 1,525 points

2. TCU, 12-1, 1,428

3. Alabama, 12-2, 1,322

4. Baylor, 11-2, 1,263

5. Michigan State, 11-2, 1,256

6. Auburn, 8-5, 1,192

7. Oregon, 13-2, 1,156

8. Southern Cal, 9-4, 1,085

9. Georgia, 10-3, 991

10. Florida State, 13-1, 959

11. Notre Dame, 8-5, 873

12. Clemson, 10-3, 862

13. UCLA, 10-3, 698

14. LSU, 8-5, 675

15. Arizona State, 10-3, 605

16. Georgia Tech, 11-3, 588

17. Mississippi, 9-4, 563

18. Arkansas, 7-6, 410

19. Oklahoma, 8-5, 394

20. Wisconsin, 11-3, 393

21. Stanford, 8-5, 347

22. Arizona, 10-4, 311

23. Boise State, 12-2, 240

24. Missouri, 11-3, 219

25. Tennessee, 7-6, 114

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 100, Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma State 46, Virginia Tech 42, Utah 36, Penn State 20, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, Kansas State 5, Florida 4, North Carolina State 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 2, California 1, Western Kentucky 1, West Virginia 1.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

2 — The last two times the Buckeyes opened the season at No. 1 (1998 and 2006), they finished No. 2.

6 — The Pac-12 has six teams ranked in the preseason poll for the second straight year.

8 — It is the eighth time Ohio State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason. Only Oklahoma has been rated the top preseason team more times, with 10.

8 — The SEC has eight teams ranked for the third time, the most by any conference. The SEC set the record in 2011 and had eight teams ranked last year.

10 — Ten times the preseason No. 1 has gone on to win the national title. Only twice, Florida State in 1999 and Southern California in 2004, has the top-ranked team in the preseason poll gone wire-to-wire as No. 1.

27 — Ohio State has appeared in the preseason poll for 27 consecutive years, the longest current streak and the fourth longest all-time. Oklahoma has the second longest current streak at 16 years.