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Virginia Tech may have beat N.C. State last night in dominant fashion but weird things in the polls have produced some unique results. Of course, it's important to note that the AP Poll is allowing voters to include Big 10, Pac-12, Mountain West, and MAC teams now while the Coaches Poll is leaving out all of those conferences except the Big 10, which they started including again last week.
That's led the Hokies to being on the rise in the Coaches Poll, but has left them just outside of the AP top 25.
POLL ALERT: No. 6 Ohio St, No. 10 Penn St jump back into Top 25, LSU and Oklahoma plummet. No. 1 Clemson, Alabama, Florida top poll.— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) September 27, 2020
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Virginia Tech has risen one spot this week in the Coaches Poll from 24th to 23rd while the Hokies dropped out of the AP top 25 this week despite their win, having only 1 less voting point than #25 Memphis. The AP top 25 included five new additions from the Big 10 and Pac-12 along with Mississippi State jumping in after their upset of LSU.
The Hokies are among six ACC teams ranked in the Coaches Poll along with #1 Clemson, #5 Notre Dame, #8 Miami, #11 North Carolina, and #25 Pittsburgh. Tech is also the only one of those ACC teams to not also be ranked in the AP top 25 with Clemson ranked #1, Notre Dame ranked #5, Miami ranked #8, North Carolina ranked #12, and Pittsburgh ranked #24. Virginia, Louisville, and Boston College also received votes in at least one of those polls.
The rankings are definitely going to be a mess especially with voters varying heavily on whether to rank teams that haven't played yet or not. However. the Hokies should be able to get in the top 25 next week as long as they take care of business against Duke.