Tech benefited from losses by No. 17 Louisville (to No. 24 N.C. State), No. 20 Utah (to Stanford), No. 21 Florida (to LSU) and No. 23 West Virginia (to No. 8 TCU). In the coaches poll, the Jackets moved up from receiving the 28th most votes to the 27th most.
The top spot among teams outside AP poll’s top 25 is the highest that Tech has been since the Jackets were No. 20 in the Sept. 20 poll in the 2015 season. That week, Tech lost to Duke on its way to its forgettable 3-9 season. Last year, after winning its final four games of the season, the Jackets finished 27th in the final poll of the season.