ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The preseason AP poll for college football was released Monday, and both Michigan and Michigan State are ranked in the top 20.
Michigan checks in at No. 7 in the nation, trailing Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State and LSU.
Michigan State is ranked No. 18.
The Wolverines and Spartans are among seven Big Ten teams ranked to start the season:
- No. 5 Ohio State
- No. 7 Michigan
- No. 15 Penn State
- No. 18 Michigan State
- No. 19 Wisconsin
- No. 20 Iowa
- No. 24 Nebraska
Northwestern and Minnesota also received votes.
Michigan has six games against the preseason top 20 this season -- home games against No. 5 Ohio State, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 18 Michigan State and No. 20 Iowa and road games against No. 15 Penn State and No. 19 Wisconsin.
Michigan's second opponent, Army, just missed out on the top 25, receiving the 27th-most votes.
Michigan State plays road games against No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Michigan and No. 19 Wisconsin while hosting No. 15 Penn State. The Spartans will also play at Northwestern, which received the 30th-most votes.
Here's the full top 25: