Hokies ranked 21st in preseason AP poll | Andy Bitter Virginia Tech Football

“I just didn’t feel like we were ready,” the second-year coach said. “We’ve got to go prove that. I did my best to fill it out with what I knew about everybody in the country, which is pretty limited, but I just feel like we need to earn that recognition.”

Virginia Tech did last season, getting up as high as 14th in the AP poll after racing to a 7-2 record to start the year. A November loss to Georgia Tech at home dropped the Hokies out of the poll, although they finished the season ranked 16th after going 10-4 and beating Arkansas in the Belk Bowl.

It was the first time since 2011 that the Hokies appeared in the final AP poll and was their highest finish since coming in a 16th in 2010. From 1995 to 2011, Virginia Tech finished the season ranked in all but two years (1997 and 2003).

This year’s ranking is the first time since 2012 that the Hokies have appeared in the preseason AP poll. Tech was ranked 16th to start that season but quickly fell out after a disappointing 7-6 season. The Hokies have only been ranked in 12 weeks since then, with eight of them coming last season.

Here’s the full poll. First place votes are in parentheses:

  • 1. Alabama (52)
  • 2. Ohio State (3)
  • 3. Florida State (4)
  • 4. USC (2)
  • 5. Clemson
  • 6. Penn State
  • 7. Oklahoma
  • 8. Washington
  • 9. Wisconsin
  • 10. Oklahoma State
  • 11. Michigan
  • 12. Auburn
  • 13. LSU
  • 14. Stanford
  • 15. Georgia
  • 16. Louisville
  • 17. Florida
  • 18. Miami
  • 19. South Florida
  • 20. Kansas State
  • 21. Virginia Tech
  • 22. West Virginia
  • 23. Texas
  • 24. Washington State
  • 25. Tennessee

Others receiving votes: TCU, Utah, Notre Dame, Boise State, NC State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Oregon, Houston, Colorado, UCLA, San Diego State, BYU, Appalachian State, Nebraska, Tulsa, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Michigan State.

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