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11 days to football: A brief history of MSU in the AP Poll


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Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.  


Today, since we are 11 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: With the AP Top 25 being released yesterday, here's a brief history of MSU in that poll. 




If you missed the news yesterday, MSU was ranked 18th in the AP Poll, the first time it's been ranked in the preseason since 2011 and the highest it has been since being ranked No. 14 in the preseason poll of 1981. 


MSU has been ranked in the preseason poll eight times: 15th in 1958, 16th in 1977, 14th in 1981, 22nd in 1992, 24th in 1993, 20th in 2001, 20th in 2011 and 18th this year. It also received votes in the 1999, 2000, 2012, 2014 and 2015 polls. 


From 1936 to now, Mississippi State has been ranked in the AP Poll a total of 190 times, thus it has been ranked in 16.7 percent of all AP Polls. (The elites of the world -- Ohio State and Michigan being two examples -- are over 65 percent, with those two being over 70.) 


There is some serious history at stake this season. MSU has been ranked in each of the last eight polls and the school record for consecutive weeks in the AP Poll is 17, set by the 1980 and 1981 teams. If MSU can go the entire season and stay in the AP Poll, they will break that record. 


Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson



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