Hokies Ranked 15th in Preseason Coaches’ Poll

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The preseason USA Today Top 25 Coaches’ Poll has been released, and the
Hokies come in at #15, the second-highest among three ranked ACC teams. The
Clemson Tigers are ranked 9th, and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are ranked
23rd. Six other ACC teams received votes.

Georgia, USC and Ohio State are ranked 1-2-3, with each school getting
significant first-place votes. Here’s the complete poll.


2008 USA
Today Top 25 Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rank

Team
(first-place votes)

Record

Points

Final
2007 rank

1.

Georgia (22)

11-2

1,438

3

2.

Southern California (14)

11-2

1,430

2

3.

Ohio State (14)

11-2

1,392

4

4.

Oklahoma (3)

11-3

1,329

8

5.

Florida (5)

9-4

1,293

16

6.

LSU (3)

12-2

1,163

1

7.

Missouri

12-2

1,143

5

8.

West Virginia

11-2

1,008

6

9.

Clemson

9-4

999

22

10.

Texas

10-3

979

10

11.

Auburn

9-4

888

14t

12.

Wisconsin

9-4

747

21

13.

Kansas

12-1

714

7

14.

Texas Tech

9-4

644

23

15.

Virginia Tech

11-3

568

9

16.

Arizona State

10-3

560

13

17.

Brigham Young

11-2

547

14t

18.

Tennessee

10-4

506

12

19.

Illinois

9-4

422

18

20.

Oregon

9-4

399

24

21.

South Florida

9-4

350

NR

22.

Penn State

9-4

313

25

23.

Wake Forest

9-4

203

NR

24.

Michigan

9-4

112

19

25.

Fresno State

9-4

91

NR
Others receiving votes
Alabama (7-6) 83; South Carolina (6-6) 64; Utah (9-4) 60; Florida
State (7-6) 53
; Rutgers (8-5) 53; Boston College (11-3) 47;
California (7-6) 41; Pittsburgh (5-7) 34; Boise State (10-3) 25; Oregon
State (9-4) 23; Nebraska (5-7) 17; Cincinnati (10-3) 13; Virginia
(9-4) 12
; Connecticut (9-4) 9; Michigan State (7-6) 9; Mississippi
State (8-5) 6; Kentucky (8-5) 5; Notre Dame (3-9) 5; TCU (8-5) 5; Maryland
(6-7) 4
; North Carolina (4-8) 3; Texas A&M (7-6) 3; UCLA
(6-7) 3; Central Florida (10-4) 2; Georgia Tech (7-6) 2;
Louisville (6-6) 2; Arizona (5-7) 1; Colorado (6-7) 1; Oklahoma State
(7-6) 1; Tulsa (10-4) 1.

By conference, the breakdown is as follows.


Conference

Top 10 Teams

Top 25 Teams

SEC

3

5

PAC 10

1

3

Big Ten

1

5

Big 12

3

5

Big East

1

2

ACC

1

3

Others

0

2

None of Virginia Tech’s 2008 out of conference opponents are ranked in the top
25. Nebraska received enough votes to come in at 36th, while ECU received no
votes at all.

In other noteworthy observations, Duke apparently did not receive its
customary preseason vote from former coach Steve Spurrier, who is listed as one
of the voters. (Perhaps this hints at a rivalry with former Ole Miss head coach
and former Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe, now the head coach
at Duke?)

The Hokies open practice Monday, August 4th.

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