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Virginia Football enters the AP Poll at No. 23, No. 22 in Coaches Poll

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Marks the Cavaliers’ first appearance in the polls since 2011.

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It’s a new standard, indeed. The Virginia Cavaliers are bowl eligible, have sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division, and can now add ranked No. 23 to their list of accomplishments this week.

The Hoos broke into the AP Poll for the first time since 2011 when they occupied the No. 24 spot on November 20th. At 6-2 (4-1 ACC), Virginia is in a good spot to win the Coastal division as they have games remaining against Pitt, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech in conference play. Pitt will be no easy test come Friday night as the Panthers are coming off of a big 54-45 over Duke and have the ability to put up points in bunches.

In the Coaches Poll, Virginia came in at No. 22, with Clemson (No. 2), Syracuse (No. 24), and Boston College (No. 25) all being ranked for the ACC.

Virginia’s win over North Carolina on Saturday ensured the Hoos would go bowling in back-to-back seasons for the first time since a four game stretch from 2002-05.

As a fun fact, this is the first time since 2007 that the Virginia basketball and football teams have been ranked at the same time.

Here is what the AP Poll looks like this week:

AP Football Poll - Week 10

Rank Team Overall Record Previous Rank
Rank Team Overall Record Previous Rank
1 Alabama 8-0 1
2 Clemson 8-0 2
3 Notre Dame 8-0 3
4 LSU 7-1 4
5 Michigan 7-1 5
6 Georgia 7-1 7
7 Oklahoma 7-1 8
8 Ohio State 7-1 11
9 UCF 7-0 10
10 Washington State 7-1 14
11 Kentucky 7-1 12
12 West Virginia 6-1 13
13 Florida 6-2 9
14 Penn State 6-2 17
15 Texas 6-2 6
16 Utah 6-2 23
17 Houston 7-1 NR
18 Utah State 7-1 NR
19 Iowa 6-2 18
20 Fresno State 7-1 NR
21 Mississippi State 5-3 NR
22 Syracuse 6-2 NR
23 Virginia 6-2 NR
24 Boston College 6-2 NR
25 Texas A&M 5-3 14
Others Receiving Votes:Others receiving votes:Washington 120, Northwestern 86, Georgia Southern 62, Michigan St. 51, Cincinnati 45, Iowa St. 42, South Florida 29, Stanford 26, Oklahoma St. 24, UAB 17, Oregon 13, Wisconsin 12, Auburn 7, San Diego St. 6, Army 6, NC State 5, California 2, Buffalo 1.

And here’s the Coaches Poll, where Virginia comes in at No. 22:

AP Football Poll - Week 10

Rank Team Overall Record Previous Rank
Rank Team Overall Record Previous Rank
1 Alabama 8-0 1
2 Clemson 8-0 2
3 Notre Dame 8-0 3
4 LSU 7-1 4
5 Michigan 7-1 5
5 Georgia 7-1 6
7 Oklahoma 7-1 8
8 Ohio State 7-1 9
9 UCF 7-0 10
10 West Virginia 6-1 12
11 Washington State 7-1 15
12 Kentucky 7-1 14
13 Penn State 6-2 16
14 Florida 6-2 11
15 Texas 6-2 7
16 Utah 7-1 24
17 Houston 7-1 NR
18 Iowa 6-2 18
19 Washington 6-3 13
20 Utah State 7-1 NR
21 Mississippi State 5-3 NR
22 Virginia 6-2 NR
23 Fresno State 7-1 NR
24 Syracuse 6-2 NR
25 Boston College 6-2 NR
Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 167, Cincinnati 116, South Florida 87, Michigan State 48, Wisconsin 41, Northwestern 40, NC State 40, Miami 38, Georgia Southern 32, Oklahoma State 31, UAB 24, Auburn 21, Stanford 21, Oregon 20, San Diego State 16, Buffalo 14, Army 13, South Carolina 11, Florida Intl 6, Iowa State 6, Virginia Tech 5, Pittsburgh 3, Duke 3, Boise State 2

Future Virginia opponents Pittsburgh (3 votes) and Virginia Tech (5 votes) received votes in the Coaches Poll.