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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, left, watches (Credit: AP)

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, left, watches as nose tackle Mark Scarpinato runs a drill during an NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Michigan Wolverines preseason

The University of Michigan is ranked No. 8 on AP's Top 25 list to begin the season.

Michigan State safety Jairus Jones runs a drill
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Michigan State safety Jairus Jones runs a drill during an NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio addresses
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Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio addresses the media during the team's NCAA college football media day. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Michigan State quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell, from right, Tyler
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Michigan State quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell, from right, Tyler O'Connor, Connor Cook and Tommy Vento stretch. (Aug. 6, 2012)

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Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell throws a pass
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Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell throws a pass during an NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi supervises a
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Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi supervises a drill during an NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough stretches during an
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Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough stretches during an NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Michigan State safety Mark Meyers runs a drill
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Michigan State safety Mark Meyers runs a drill during an NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, left, watches
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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, left, watches as nose tackle Mark Scarpinato runs a drill during an NCAA college football practice. (Aug. 6, 2012)

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Michigan running back Thomas Rawls (38) poses for
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Michigan running back Thomas Rawls (38) poses for photographers during the NCAA college football team's annual media day. The Wolverines are to start their season on the road against Alabama at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. (Aug. 12, 2012)

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