Hokies Ranked #20 in Preseason Coaches Poll

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USA Today Coaches PollThe USA Today released their preseason Coaches Poll, and the Hokies are ranked #20, the lowest since they opened the 2004 season unranked.

This marks the eighth season in a row the Hokies have been ranked in the preseason by the coaches. Four times in that stretch, VT has been in the top ten, but as noted, this is their lowest ranking in the eight-year run:

  • 2012: #20
  • 2011: #13
  • 2010: #6
  • 2009: #7
  • 2008: #15
  • 2007: #9
  • 2006: #16
  • 2005: #7

Around the ACC, Florida State checks in at #7 and Clemson is #14.

LSU and Alabama are 1-2, with SEC mates Georgia (#6), South Carolina (#9) and Arkansas (#10) joining them in the top ten, giving the league half of the top ten teams. Florida (#23) and Auburn (#25) are the sixth and seventh (out of 14) SEC teams ranked.

Virginia Tech’s 2011 Sugar Bowl opponent, Michigan, checks in at #8.

For a look at the complete poll, click here.

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  1. Got all season to prove the rankings wrong..win the sugar bowl and we are top 15..teams will lose and if you just keep winning it will all work out. An SEC will not win the title this year…

      1. Seriously…? We dominated that game from start to finish! We should have won by several scores (obviously we didn’t, but not because we weren’t the better team…). They were LUCKY to win that one, which only goes to prove the phrase “sometimes it’s better to be lucky than to be good.” VT was the better team on the field that night, only the score didn’t say it…

        1. True that. Did anyone SEE what Robinson was doing the whole game. The only good throw he made was that scoring toss in the back of the endzone. Everything else was either a short route or thrown up for grabs. Without replays/”questionable” PI calls, we’d have had 3 or 4 picks. You don’t outgain a team 2-1 in yardage and still lose without some things REALLY not going your way.

      2. VT was by far the better team on the field. Game plan and calling by coaches was the difference. The loss to Michigan was clearly on the coaches.

      3. Some games are lost, some are won, that one was stolen and deserves an asterik in the Tech record book (Maris hit the homer; Danny Coale made the catch…)

        Teams are made up of players and if all Michigan players are as well spoken as DE #88 Craig Roh (of Chapparel HS, Scottsdale) they are a quality bunaig

        I met Craig down at St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday. He had only great things to say about Logan Thomas but did not comment on the catch.

        As I do with all Michigan, Illinois and FSU grads/players I meet, I told him I was accepted for grad school in 1972 by 4 schools. I made the right choice and signed the Virginia Tech offer sheet and have been riding high ever since.

        Always proud to be a Hokie….

  2. It’s more important where you finish. A lot of things have got to come together for that magical season. There are a LOT of other schools that could go undefeated, but at season’s end there will prolly be only 2-3 left. Tech has to avoid the injury bug, develop the chemistry/confidence, have the ball bounce our way, develop depth/talent at every position.

    That said, I don’t think we’re at Alabama or LSU level yet, although if we get lucky we could get past them. After a few games under our belt I think we’d match up well with most top 10 teams. Playing our best on any given gameday is a must, and you KNOW there’s going to be one game we’ve got to find a way–there always is.

    I think we can beat both FSU and Clemson (the Tigers will be the focus of some serious revenge, and I still think Dabo is just a paper tiger–West Virginia proved that).

    I think another ACC championship is there for the taking. Then you take your chances on the BCS and rankings.

    I’d like to see our first 12 win season, then go for the gold.

    1. BTW, where would we be ranked if we’d beaten Michigan? Oh that’s right, we DID beat them…(TIC). Can you say, “UM is overrated?”

      1. Yep you can basically flip our end-of-season rankings with Michigan (9th, 17th) if the catch had counted.

        Figure we’d lose a few spots because of the losses on offense, and we wind up around #14 in the preseason poll. Michigan stands pat or creeps up to #12-15 range as well.

        1. I still have no idea how UM was ranked so high post-season last year or pre-season this year. Blows my mind. Zero justification.

  3. Yup, agreed. Love it when we are disrespected. A 20 point thrashing of GT will change a lot… let’s just hope we can do that!

    In Logan I trust…

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