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Virginia climbs to No. 18 in AP, Coaches Poll

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Plus, Charles Snowden’s performance recognized and the line for Notre Dame announced.

NCAA Football: Old Dominion at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the win wasn’t pretty, the Virginia Cavaliers improved to 4-0 on the season with Saturday night’s win over ODU. As a result, the Hoos climbed three spots in the AP Poll, coming in at No. 18 this week. Virginia is also No. 18 in the Coaches Poll. ACC leader Clemson stayed at No. 1, and no other ACC teams outside the Tigers and Cavaliers were ranked this week. The 4-0 Wake Forest Demon Deacons lead the “Also Receiving Votes” crowd, however.

Notre Dame fell to No. 10 after dropping their game to No. 3 Georgia, and Saturday’s upcoming matchup between the Irish and Cavaliers will be the only ranked-ranked matchup this week. The Irish are favored by 11 in the opening line.

This is the first time since 2004 that Virginia has been ranked in three consecutive weeks.

Here are the full rankings:

AP Poll - Week 5

Rank Team Previous Rank
Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Clemson 1
2 Alabama 2
3 Georgia 3
4 LSU 4
5 Ohio State 6
6 Oklahoma 5
7 Auburn 8
8 Wisconsin 13
9 Florida 9
10 Notre Dame 7
11 Texas 12
12 Penn State 13
13 Oregon 16
14 Iowa 18
15 Cal 23
16 Boise State 20
17 Washington 22
18 Virginia 21
19 Utah 10
20 Michigan 11
21 USC NR
22 UCF 15
23 Texas A&M 17
24 Kansas State NR
25 Michigan State NR
Others receiving votes: Wake Forest 73, Oklahoma State 57, Southern Methodist 55, Army 46, Memphis 42, Iowa State 31, Appalachian State 24, Washington State 21, Missouri 14, Mississippi State 14, Pittsburgh 6, Arizona State 5, Minnesota 5, Colorado 5, Tulane 1

Virginia linebacker Charles Snowden’s performance against the Monarchs did not go unnoticed as the third year was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week. Snowden had a career-high 15 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks. Oh, and he was named Kyle Guy’s MVP of the week.

Notre Dame-Virginia kicks off at 3:30 on Saturday and will be broadcast on NBC.