After this weekend's 19-16 win against a BYU team just on the outside of the AP's preseason top 25, Virginia has leapt into the "Also Receiving Votes" section of the Week 1 poll with 2 votes. So here's a huge shoutout to the 2 writers that thought UVA was the 25th best team in the nation! (Or the 1 who thought UVA was 24th).
Virginia last received a vote (yes, 1 vote) in the final AP rankings of 2011. The Hoos last appeared in the top 25 for 1 week in the November 20, 2011 poll at #24. That Virginia team was 8-3 headed into the season finale against Virginia Tech.
Taking a step back, Alabama maintains a firm grip on the #1 spot, with the Oregon Ducks jumping to number 2. The last time that UVA faced a opponent ranked at #2 or better out-of-conference in Charlottesville, the Hoos tied North Carolina Pre-Flight (which competed for three years during WWII), 13-13.
Ohio State and Clemson each picked up a first place vote. Clemson and Florida State (10) are the only two ACC teams in the top 25, though Miami sits just outside, missing the cut by 8 votes.
The USA Today / Coaches poll is out too, and UVA does not appear. Clearly, the coaches know nothing about anything.
The full AP Top 25 follows:
|3||Ohio State (1)||1-0||1,330||2|
|Others Receiving Votes: Miami (FL) 127, Mississippi 50, Arizona State 48, Michigan State 42, Northern Illinois 27, Cincinnati 27, Fresno State 22, Virginia Tech 12, Bowling Green 9, Georgia Tech 8, Arizona 6, Penn State 4, Boise State 3, Virginia 2, Arkansas 1|