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Michigan State 17th in Opening AP Football Poll

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Some time ago, the AP Football poll used to mean something, as It used to be a significant factor in the BCS formula. Not anymore.  Now the AP Football Poll means about as much as the AP Basketball poll, and is of no real consequence.  It's still fun to see Michigan State up there to start the season, and the Spartans are at number 17, right below Notre Dame and right above Ohio State. 

In regards to MSU, the AP poll didn't deviate too far from the general mindset of voters. State's been forecasted to be right in the mid-to-late teens range.  MSU is one of four Big Ten teams in the AP Top 25, along with Nebraska (10), Wisconsin (11), and the aforementioned Buckeyes (18).  The entirety of the poll can be found after the jump.

By the way, can you tell I'm desperate to write about football as evidence by a discussion of the AP Poll?  I hope so.

1 Oklahoma (36) 0-0 1,464 NR
2 Alabama (17) 0-0 1,439 NR
3 Oregon (4) 0-0 1,330 NR
4 LSU (1) 0-0 1,286 NR
5 Boise State (2) 0-0 1,200 NR
6 Florida State 0-0 1,168 NR
7 Stanford 0-0 1,091 NR
8 Texas A&M 0-0 965 NR
9 Oklahoma State 0-0 955 NR
10 Nebraska 0-0 910 NR
11 Wisconsin 0-0 900 NR
12 South Carolina 0-0 848 NR
13 Virginia Tech 0-0 821 NR
14 TCU 0-0 690 NR
15 Arkansas 0-0 686 NR
16 Notre Dame 0-0 530 NR
17 Michigan State 0-0 519 NR
18 Ohio State 0-0 443 NR
19 Georgia 0-0 369 NR
20 Mississippi State 0-0 361 NR
21 Missouri 0-0 258 NR
22 Florida 0-0 228 NR
23 Auburn 0-0 219 NR
24 West Virginia 0-0 207 NR
25 USC 0-0 160 NR