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Virginia outside Top 25 entering bye week in SB Nation FanPulse Poll

Saturday’s win didn’t quite put the Cavaliers over the edge.

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Virginia failed to enter this week’s FanPulse Top 25, despite improving to 7-3 with a win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. We’ll see if losses from some of the lower-tier ranked teams changes that next Monday as the Wahoos remain idle.

Though the Cavaliers still remain on the outside, the ACC did see a new team enter the fold, with Virginia Tech coming in one spot ahead of Wake Forest, who they beat 36-17 on Saturday, at No. 22. Those two join Clemson as the conference’s three representatives for Week 11.

At the top of the leaderboard, LSU maintained their No. 1 position thanks to a win over previously second-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa, while both Minnesota and Baylor - two of five undefeated teams left - made big jumps from 13 to 7 and 10 to 6, respectively.

Here’s how the fans view it as we approach the home stretch of conference play:

The Virginia faithful, on other hand, rewarded the Cavaliers for their second straight conference victory and current first-place position in the Coastal standings by welcoming them back to the Top 25 at No. 24. Of course, the community didn’t dare include that team from Blacksburg along with them.

Virginia’s FanPulse Top 25 - Week 11

Rank Team
Rank Team
1 LSU (9-0)
2 Ohio State (9-0)
3 Clemson (10-0)
4 Alabama (8-1)
5 Georgia (8-1)
6 Minnesota (9-0)
7 Baylor (9-0
8 Oklahoma (8-1)
9 Florida (8-2)
10 Penn State (8-1)
11 Utah (8-1)
11 Oregon (8-1)
13 Auburn (7-2)
14 Memphis (8-1)
15 Notre Dame (7-2)
16 Cincinnati (8-1)
17 Wisconsin (7-2)
18 SMU (9-1)
19 Michigan (7-2)
20 App State (8-1)
21 Boise State (8-1)
22 Indiana (7-2)
23 Wake Forest (7-2)
24 Virginia (7-3)
25 Louisiana Tech (8-1)

Given their inclusion in the poll, then, it should come as no surprise that UVA fans are still optimistic for the team moving forward (the percentage improved marginally from 96.2 to 96.3%).

And, as we also continue to track Streaking the Lawn followers’ faith in the men’s basketball team, we found a similar theme, with voters remaining completely unwavering (100%) in their support for Tony Bennett’s squad.