College Football Poll – Coming off its first victory over a top 25 team this season, Virginia Tech moved up a spot to ninth in this week’s Associated Press top 25 college football poll.
Quarterback Logan Thomas accounted for five touchdowns and David Wilson ran for a career-high 175 yards as the Hokies (9-1, 5-1 ACC) won 37-26 at then-No. 20 Georgia Tech on Thursday night.
The Hokies scored the final 16 points of the game to eliminate the Yellow Jackets from contention in the ACC’s Coastal division. Georgia Tech dropped out of the poll.
Only Virginia (7-3, 4-2), which won 31-21 at Duke on Saturday, could catch Virginia Tech in the race to reach the ACC title game. The Cavaliers, who received 26 points in this week’s poll, are at Florida State this Saturday before hosting Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Cup.
Elsewhere in the ACC, Clemson moved up to seventh after rallying from a 28-14 second-half deficit to beat Wake Forest 31-28. With the win, the Tigers have clinched the ACC’s Atlantic Division.
Florida State returned to the rankings. A preseason top 10 team, the Seminoles are back in at No. 23 after defeating rival Miami 23-19.
This week, Virginia Tech will play a second straight Thursday night game, this time hosting North Carolina (6-4, 2-4). The Tar Heels did not play Saturday. Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 17-10-6 and is 6-1 over North Carolina since joining the ACC in 2004. Last year, Virginia Tech won 26-10 in Chapel Hill.
LSU remained atop the poll, but two top-five teams took a tumble. Stanford fell to No. 8 from third after a 53-30 loss to then-No. 6 Oregon, and Boise State fell to No. 10 from fifth after losing 36-35 to TCU.
LSU has been No. 1 since Sept. 25, the AP notes, but this week became the first unanimous top-ranked team in the regular season since Texas on Oct. 26, 2008.
Dropping out of the poll, in addition to Georgia Tech: No. 21 Texas, which lost 17-5 at Missouri, No. 23 Cincinnati, which lost 24-21 to West Virginia, and No. 24 Auburn, which lost 45-7 at then-No. 14 Georgia.
In addition to Florida State, new teams in the poll are No. 19 TCU, No. 24 Notre Dame, which beat Maryland 45-21, and No. 25 Baylor, which won 31-30 in overtime at Kansas.
The conference breakdown:
SEC — five (LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina);
Big Ten — five (Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan and Penn State);
Big 12 — four (Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Baylor);
Pac-12 — three (Oregon, Stanford and Southern Cal);
ACC — three (Clemson, Virginia Tech and Florida State);
Mountain West — two (Boise State and TCU);
Conference USA — two (Houston and Southern Miss.);
Independent — one (Notre Dame).