Where There’s a Will: Ranked!

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Greg Stroman Virginia Tech
Let’s see … Greg Stroman wears #25, the Hokies end up ranked #25. Wanna trade numbers, Isaiah? (all photos by Ivan Morozov)

I’ve been in a pretty good mood (at least with regards to Hokie football) for over two weeks now. From the moment Tech took the field against Boston College on September 17th at 3:30 and started laying the smack down on the Eagles, the news has been nothing but good. The Hokies have outscored their opponents 103-17 in the last two games and have gone from receiving a single vote in the polls two weeks ago to being ranked #25 in the AP Poll and #31 in the Coaches Poll.

It’s good to be ranked again.

I checked out CollegePollArchive.com, which is a neat college rankings history site that allows you to search and sort your team’s football and basketball rankings history in a lot of ways, and I found some interesting stuff.

The Hokies were once ranked in the AP Poll for 84 straight weeks. What time frame do you think that was? Sometime during the mid-2000s?  It probably started when the Hokies recovered from a disastrous end to the 2003 season and re-entered the rankings in 2004, and then won four ACC championships in seven years, right? Nope.

What about when the Hokies were winning ACC championships in 2007 and 2008, and had a darn good team in 2009-2011? That’s it, right? Nope.

The 84 straight weeks of being ranked came from 1998-2003. On November