The 2010 preseason Associated Press poll was released Saturday, and the Hokies are ranked #10 in the nation. Tech’s opening opponent, Boise State, is ranked #3, setting up a top-ten matchup at FedExField on Labor Day night. Alabama is #1 in the poll, and overall, five ACC teams are ranked in the top 20.
The Hokies are the highest-ranked ACC team, but Tech’s #10 ranking is far below their #6 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, released on August 6th. The ranking is also lower than Tech’s #7 preseason AP ranking in 2009.
The other four ACC teams in the top 20 received almost the exact same rankings as they did in the Coaches’ poll.
ACC Teams Ranked in Both
The Boise State Broncos, at #3 in the AP Poll, are two spots higher than their #5 Coaches’ ranking. The AP Poll doesn’t affect the national championship aspirations of either club, because the AP Poll is not part of the BCS Standings calculation — only the Coaches’ Poll is.
Elsewhere in the ACC, Clemson received 15 points, ranking them 36th, and Boston College received a single vote and one point.
Also in yesterday’s news, Frank Beamer received a contract extension through the 2016 season, meaning the 63 year old coach will be the head man at Virginia
Tech until he is 70 years old, and possibly beyond.
In an amusingly circular but positive statement made to the Roanoke Times, Beamer said, “I really enjoy the players we’ve got right now, we can win with the players we’ve got right now, and as long as my health stays good and we’ve got good players, and players who can win, I enjoy this.”
Terms of the extension will be negotiated later. Beamer is the second-winningest active coach with 229 wins, far behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno (394 wins). If Beamer coaches to the end of this contract extension, it puts 300 career wins within range. Only ten coaches in the history of college football have achieved 300 wins.
Beamer is tied in number of victories with Ohio State’s Jim Tressel (who is 57 years old), setting up a race between the two coaches for top honors when Paterno retires.