Hokies Ranked 7th in Preseason Coaches’ Poll

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The USAToday Top 25 Coaches’ Poll has been released, and the Hokies are
ranked #7. Chick-fil-A Classic opponent Alabama is ranked #5, setting up a big
showdown between the Hokies and Tide in Atlanta on college football’s first
weekend. The ACC has four teams in the top 25, with the Hokies easily being the
highest-ranked team in the league.

Here is the complete poll. ACC teams are highlighted in blue and white, and
VT opponents are highlighted in gray and black. 

2009
USA Today Coaches’ Preseason Poll
Rank Team (#1 votes) Points Final 2008
Record
Final 2008
Ranking

1

Florida (53)

1,466

13-1

1

2

Texas (4)

1,386

12-1

3

3

Oklahoma (1)

1,358

12-2

5

4

USC (1)

1,321

12-1

2

5

Alabama

1,134

12-2

6

6

Ohio State

1,126

10-3

11

7

Virginia Tech

1,020

10-4

14

8

Penn State

988

11-2

8

9

LSU

917

8-5

NR

10

Mississippi

889

9-4

15

11

Oklahoma State

861

9-4

18

12

California

711

9-4

25

13

Georgia

707

10-3

10

14

Oregon

694

10-3

9

15

Georgia Tech

559

9-4

22

16

Boise State

542

12-1

13

17

TCU

461

11-2

7

18

Utah

404

13-0

4

19

Florida State

371

9-4

23

20

North Carolina

293

8-5

NR

21

Iowa

257

9-4

20

22

Nebraska

236

9-4

NR

23

Notre Dame

194

7-6

NR

24

Brigham Young

178

10-3

21

25

Oregon State

165

9-4

19

In the "also receiving votes" category, Miami is #33 with 46
points, Clemson is #36 with 30 points, NC State is #43 with 7 points, Wake
Forest is tied for #47 with 4 points, Boston College is tied for #49 with 3
points, and Maryland is tied for #53 with 2 points. East Carolina is tied with
BC and others with 3 points. In all, nine of Virginia Tech’s opponents received
votes, with the exceptions being Marshall, Duke, and Virginia.

The SEC leads the way with five teams in the top 25, followed by the ACC, Big
12, and PAC-10 with four, and the Big Ten and Mountain West with three. Notre
Dame (independent) and Boise State (WAC) are the other two ranked teams.

The Big East has no teams ranked in the initial poll, though five BE teams
received votes, led by #29 Cincinnati. This is the first season since ACC
expansion in 2004 that the Big East has not had a team ranked in the top 25
preseason poll.

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