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Virginia Football receives votes in preseason Coaches Poll

Two of Virginia’s first three opponents are ranked.

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Florida vs Virginia Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The world is moving full steam ahead as though we’re going to have some form of a college football season this year. I mean, maybe by some miracle, everything will fall into place and the NCAA with their foresight and infinite wisdom will have found a way to proceed while prioritizing the health of the student athletes! Or maybe we’ll see a game or two before it all comes crumbling down.

But I digress. That’s not the headline you clicked on today. The Amway Coaches Poll was released today to give us our first preseason look at college football’s Top 25. While the Virginia Cavaliers didn’t crack the initial rankings, the Hoos did pull in 13 points, which would have ranked them as No. 37 overall, sandwiched between military academies Navy and Air Force.

Clemson once again checks in as this year’s team to beat, followed by Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, and reigning national champions LSU to round out the top five.

The ACC just released this year’s schedule today, and the Hoos will face three Top 25 teams in Clemson, No. 19 North Carolina, and No. 24 Virginia Tech. Among Virginia’s opponents also receiving votes are Louisville, Miami, and Duke.

Georgia and Pitt (RV) were previously on the Hoos’ schedule but did not make it onto the revised version. UCONN was also on the schedule, but they elected to cancel their 2020 football season.

Here’s the full Top 25. The still-reigning Coastal Division Champions will allegedly kick off the season on September 11 against VMI in Charlottesville.

Coaches Poll Top 25 - August 6, 2020

Rank Team PTS 1st
Rank Team PTS 1st
1 Clemson 1589 38
2 Ohio State 1555 17
3 Alabama 1495 4
4 Georgia 1345 0
5 Louisiana State 1330 6
6 Oklahoma 1315 0
7 Penn State 1199 0
8 Florida 1176 0
9 Oregon 1164 0
10 Notre Dame 1012 0
11 Auburn 898 0
12 Wisconsin 887 0
13 Texas A&M 807 0
14 Texas 703 0
15 Michigan 687 0
16 Oklahoma State 524 0
17 Southern California 521 0
18 Minnesota 494 0
19 North Carolina 415 0
20 Utah 241 0
21 Central Florida 232 0
22 Cincinnati 229 0
23 Iowa 204 0
24 Virginia Tech 143 0
25 Iowa State 135 0
Others Receiving Votes: Tennessee 111; Boise State 111; Arizona State 88; Kentucky 73; Memphis 71; Baylor 66; Washington 65; Louisville 62; Miami 58; Appalachian State 31; Navy 17; Virginia 13; Air Force 12; Mississippi State 9; Texas Christian 7; Washington State 6; Tulane 5; California 5; UL Lafayette 3; Southern Methodist 3; Nebraska 3; Stanford 2; Pittsburgh 1; Kansas State 1; Indiana 1; Duke 1.