In the first Associated Press poll of the 2019 college football season, the Virginia Cavaliers are only a few spots outside of the top 25.
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UVA received 44 votes, good enough for 32nd.
Notre Dame is the only one of Virginia’s 2019 opponents to be ranked in the preseason poll; the Fighting Irish are ranked 9th.
Other than Clemson holding down the #1 spot, the ACC is woefully underrepresented: only Syracuse joins the Tigers in the top 25, with the Orange placing 22nd. Miami is the only ACC school closer to the top 25 than Virginia, as the Hurricanes received 70 votes.
VaTech’s 12 votes brought up the rear among ACC teams to receive any.
Clemson is followed by Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State to round out the top five. LSU, Michigan, and Florida are ahead of Notre Dame, in that order, while Texas comes in 10th.