Virginia Tech came in at 27th in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ poll this week, the second team left out of the rankings.
The Hokies are again in the “others receiving votes” category of both polls. They have 49 points in the AP poll and 54 in the coaches’ poll.
Four ACC teams are ranked by the AP this week: No. 3 Clemson, No. 8 Florida State, No. 14 Miami and No. 25 Maryland, which jumped into last spot of the poll with 119 points. All four of those teams are 4-0. Seventeen of the 60 AP voters had the Hokies in their rankings.
Only three ACC team are in the coaches’ poll: No. 4 Clemson, No. 8 Florida State and No. 14 Miami. Maryland is two spots behind Virginia Tech with 45 points.
That’s 19 straight polls in which the Hokies have not been ranked, dating back to the Sept. 9 poll last year, when Tech was 2-0 and ranked 13th by both the AP and coaches. A 35-17 loss at Pittsburgh and the Hokies’ subsequent struggles have kept them out of the rankings ever since.
In the BCS era, the Hokies’ longest stretch of being unranked before this was nine polls, from the end of 2003 through the beginning of 2004.
Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. It will be televised by the ACC Network.