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Virginia Football receiving votes in latest Coaches Poll

THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

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Don’t look now, but your Virginia Cavaliers are atop the ACC standings with a 1-0 conference, 3-1 overall record.

ESPN’s ACC Standings

Sure, we get that it’s early in the season and two of the teams haven’t even opened up conference play yet, but that’s no reason not to get excited. You’re not the only one getting excited—at least someone in the Coaches Poll is noticing the Hoos as well, as Virginia is receiving three votes in this week’s Coaches Poll.

Coaches Poll - Sep 23 2018

Rank Team Record Previous Rank
Rank Team Record Previous Rank
1 Alabama 4-0 1
2 Clemson 4-0 2
3 Georgia 4-0 3
4 Ohio State 4-0 4
5 Oklahoma 4-0 5
6 LSU 4-0 6
7 Stanford 4-0 7
8 Notre Dame 4-0 8
9 Penn State 4-0 9
10 Auburn 3-1 11
11 Washington 3-1 12
12 West Virginia 3-0 13
13 Wisconsin 3-1 16
14 Central Florida 3-0 18
15 Michigan 3-1 21
16 Miami 3-1 20
17 Kentucky 4-0 NR
18 Michigan State 2-1 23
19 Mississippi State 3-1 14
20 Oregon 3-1 19
21 Oklahoma State 3-1 15
22 Texas 3-1 NR
23 Duke 4-0 NR
24 Virginia Tech 2-1 10
25 Boise State 2-1 24
Coaches Poll Others Receiving Votes: Brigham Young 141; South Florida 113; Syracuse 83; Colorado 73; Texas Christian 67; NC State 61; Texas Tech 56; South Carolina 52; California 38; Washington State 34; Florida 29; Texas A&M 29; Appalachian State 25; Iowa 23; Cincinnati 22; North Texas 17; Missouri 14; Maryland 9; Boston College 8; Arizona State 8; Southern California 8; San Diego State 6; Troy 5; Army 4; Arkansas State 3; Virginia 3; Utah 2; Buffalo 2.

Last year, Virginia started receiving votes in the AP Poll following Week 6 games, and started getting Coaches Poll love following Week 7 games, so we’re a little ahead of schedule here.

What a crazy Week 4 it was. Virginia Tech was the biggest loser of the week, plummeting 14 spots down to No. 24 after the shocking loss to Old Dominion. After beating Florida earlier in the season and No. 14 Mississippi State this week, Kentucky finds its way into the Top 25...of a football poll.

Virginia hasn’t played anyone in the Top 25 yet. The ACC boasts No. 2 Clemson, No. 8 Notre Dame, sort of, No. 16 Miami, No. 23 Duke, and No. 24 Virginia Tech (under protest). Other ACC teams receiving votes are Syracuse (would-be No. 28), NC State (No. 31), Boston College (No. 44), and of course, Virginia (No. 51).

Virginia also checked in at No. 46 in this week’s S&P+ Rankings.

Next week, Virginia will travel to would-be No. 31 NC State. The Hoos will then have a bye week before hosting No. 16 Miami in Charlottesville, followed by another road trip to No. 23 Duke. The Cavaliers are off to a good 3-1 start, but it’s just that—a start. There’s still a lot of work ahead of them if their sights are still set on a bowl game.