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Virginia football receiving votes in both AP and Coaches Polls

It’s late October and Virginia remains in the hunt.

NCAA Football: Virginia at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

After upsetting a ranked Miami team two weeks ago and bringing home a convincing road victory over Duke this past week, both coaches and the media are starting to notice the Virginia Cavaliers, who are now sitting at 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference, just half a game behind Coastal leaders Virginia Tech.

Here’s what the AP Poll looks like this week, with the Hoos checking in at what would be No. 31.

AP Top 25 - Week Nine

Rank Team Overall Record Previous Rank
Rank Team Overall Record Previous Rank
1 Alabama 8-0 1
2 Clemson 7-0 3
3 Notre Dame 7-0 4
4 LSU 7-1 5
5 Michigan 7-1 6
6 Texas 6-1 7
7 Georgia 6-1 8
8 Oklahoma 6-1 9
9 Florida 6-1 11
10 UCF 7-0 10
11 Ohio State 7-1 2
12 Kentucky 6-1 14
13 West Virginia 5-1 13
14 Washington State 6-1 25
15 Washington 6-2 15
16 Texas A&M 5-2 17
17 Penn State 5-2 18
18 Iowa 6-1 19
19 Oregon 5-2 12
20 Wisconsin 5-2 23
21 South Florida 7-0 21
22 North Carolina State 5-1 16
23 Utah 5-2 NR
24 Stanford 5-2 NR
25 Appalachian State 5-1 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Tech 54, Utah St. 50, San Diego St. 48, Fresno St. 35, Miami 34, Virginia 25, Houston 19, Purdue 17, Michigan St. 8, Cincinnati 7, Auburn 5, Mississippi St. 2, Boston College 2, UAB 1.

And here’s the Coaches Poll, where Virginia is at what would be No. 33.

Coaches Poll Top 25 - Week Nine

Rank Team Overall Record Previous Rank
Rank Team Overall Record Previous Rank
1 Alabama 8-0 1
2 Clemson 7-0 3
3 Notre Dame 7-0 4
4 Louisiana State 7-1 5
5 Michigan 7-1 7
6 Georgia 6-1 6
7 Texas 6-1 8
8 Oklahoma 6-1 10
9 Ohio State 7-1 2
10 Central Florida 7-0 9
11 Florida 6-1 12
12 West Virginia 5-1 13
13 Washington 6-2 14
14 Kentucky 6-1 17
15 Washington State 6-1 23
16 Penn State 5-2 16
17 Texas A&M 5-2 18
18 Iowa 6-1 22
19 Wisconsin 5-2 19
20 South Florida 7-0 20
21 Oregon 5-2 11
22 NC State 5-1 15
23 Stanford 5-2 24
24 Utah 5-2 NR
25 Miami 5-2 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Appalachian State 78; Utah State 63; San Diego State 62; Cincinnati 30; Houston 30; Fresno State 22; Mississippi State 18; Virginia 17; Auburn 13; Buffalo 9; Colorado 9; Texas Tech 8; Army 8; Duke 8; Purdue 7; UAB 6; South Carolina 5; Virginia Tech 4; Syracuse 3; Georgia Southern 2; Michigan State 1.

Virginia is receiving more votes in both polls than Virginia Tech, who is not receiving any in the AP and is getting four in the Coaches Poll.

The Hoos check in at No. 45 in the latest predictive S&P+ Rankings. The North Carolina Tar Heels are No. 90 there.

They tell you not to look ahead in the schedule, but one can’t help but notice that Virginia, just one game away from bowl eligibility, is entering a three-game home stretch against North Carolina (1-5), Pitt (3-4), and Liberty (4-3). If there’s ever a time when opportunity is knocking on the doors of Scott Stadium, this would be it.

South’s Oldest Rivalry kicks off at 12:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 27. Can Virginia keep buildings its resume against a team that has played a lot of close games, but keeps coming short? Stay tuned to Streaking the Lawn all week long.