Virginia Tech Ranked 13th in First College Football Playoff Rankings

With November almost here, the College Football Playoff committee convened to release their first rankings of the 2017 season. Virginia Tech was expected to be ranked among the top 13 teams in the country after being ranked 13th in both the AP and Coaches Polls.

Today, the playoff committee released their first rankings that looked very similar to the other polls.

Virginia Tech was ranked 13th in the first College Football Playoff rankings. The Hokies are the lowest-ranked power 5 team with one loss in these rankings. However, the Hokies have a great chance to jump in the rankings against tenth-ranked Miami.

13th is the highest that the Hokies have been in these rankings since they started during the 2014 season. This is also tied for the highest that a Justin Fuente-led team has been in the rankings with Memphis also ranking 13th in the first CFB Playoff rankings of 2015.

While 13 does seem reasonable for the Hokies, there is also a case that the Hokies should be ahead of Oklahoma State (#11) and Washington (#12) as tweeted by ESPN’s David Hale.

No matter the rankings, Virginia Tech has a great opportunity this week against Miami to gain their best win of the season. If they do beat Miami, you can expect VT to be ranked in the top 10 next week with a signature win to boost them ahead of Washington and the loser of Oklahoma-Oklahoma State.

For Hokie fans who have playoff dreams, the 13th ranking shouldn’t discourage them. We’ve seen twice teams ranked lower than where VT is at in the initial rankings make the playoffs. With Miami and a potential ACC Championship appearance left, the Hokies have a great chance to add two great wins to their resume. However, they have no margin for error at this point.

Here are the full College Football Playoff rankings:

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Clemson
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. TCU
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Miami
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Washington
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Auburn
  15. Iowa State
  16. Mississippi State
  17. USC
  18. UCF
  19. LSU
  20. NC State
  21. Stanford
  22. Arizona
  23. Memphis
  24. Michigan State
  25. Washington State

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