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Virginia ranked in initial College Football Playoffs rankings


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For the first time in Virginia Cavaliers football history, the Hoos are ranked in the initial College Football Playoffs rankings that were released Tuesday night.

Virginia, now 6-2, 4-1 ACC is also ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 22 in the Coaches Poll. The Hoos are squarely in the driver’s seat of the ACC Coastal Division.

As noted above, this is the first time in program history the Cavaliers are ranked in the College Football Playoff, which has provided weekly rankings since 2014.

Thus far, the N.C. State Wolfpack is the only team UVa has or will face that is currently also ranked in the Top 25. As we all know, the Hoos lost that game in Raleigh, 35-21. It should be noted, that the Wolfpack are the only team so far, as UVa has the Clemson Tigers eyed for an early December showdown in Charlotte.

Also from the ACC and ranked in the Top 25 are No. 2 Clemson, No. 19 Syracuse Orange, No. 21 NC State, and No. 22 Boston College Eagles.

Rounding out the Top 4 that would be in the Playoff if the season ended today with Clemson are No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, No. 3 LSU Tigers, and No 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Michigan Wolverines and the Georgia Bulldogs are the first two out, chomping at the bit for a playoff spot in case any of the top four fall.