Michigan State will begin the season with its highest ranking in the Associated Press poll since starting 1967 at No. 3.
The Spartans, who are coming off a 13-1 season that featured Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles, were ranked No. 8 in the AP poll that was released this afternoon.
The ranking marks the 14th time the Spartans will begin a season ranked in the AP top 10 and the first since 1979.
“Our focus remains on winning championships,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said in a released statement. “We have proven that we can compete consistently with the top teams in the country and will continue to dream big. We need to embrace our preseason ranking and display the maturity it takes to manage that success.”
Defending national champion Florida State was the preseason No. 1 in the poll and received 57 of 60 first-place votes. Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State rounded out the top five.
MSU and Ohio State were among the four Big Ten teams starting the season in the AP top 25. Wisconsin is ranked No. 14 and Nebraska is No. 22.