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Michigan lands No. 11 ranking in AP Poll

Following up their 10-3 campaign a year ago, the Wolverines find themselves entering the 2017 season just outside the top-10 of the AP Poll, landing the No. 11 spot.

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To start the 2017 college football season, the Michigan Wolverines find themselves ranked No. 11 in the first Associated Press poll, released Monday.

This ranking comes after Michigan lost a majority of its starting players from a season ago, when they lost three of their final four games to finish at 10-3 overall with the No. 10 ranking in the 2016 AP Poll.

Michigan joins their fellow Big Ten schools Ohio State (2), Penn State (6) and Wisconsin (9), making the Wolverines the lowest numbered team of the four that are included in the list.

Alabama is the No. 1 ranked team in the country followed by the Buckeyes, Florida State (3), Southern Cal (4) and Clemson (5). The Crimson Tide received 52 of the 61 first place votes.

Alabama opens the season against the Seminoles in Atlanta on Sept. 2, just the fourth opener involving top-five teams ever.

In the Amway preseason coaches poll released earlier in August, Michigan checked in at No. 9.

Michigan will open up the 2017 season against Florida (ranked No. 17 in the AP Poll) on Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Arlington, Texas.

You can view the entire 2017 AP Poll ranking list by clicking here.