Jackets make progress with poll voters

Poll voters have noticed Georgia Tech. For the first time this season, the Yellow Jackets appeared in the “others receiving votes” group of the Associated Press and coaches poll, released Sunday.

Tech, which is 3-0 after defeating Vanderbilt 38-7 on Saturday, had the 10th most votes out of the teams outside of the top 25 in both polls. In the AP poll, four ACC teams are ahead of Tech – No. 3 Louisville, No. 5 Clemson, No. 13 Florida State and No. 15 Miami. Tech received the same number of points as North Carolina. In the coaches poll, the same four are ahead of Tech, and North Carolina also has more votes.

The last time Tech was in the top 25 was after the third week of play last season, when it was No. 20 in both polls following its loss to Notre Dame.

The Jackets received votes in the coaches poll the following week after their loss to Duke, and then completely dropped out after the home loss to North Carolina.

Tech would undoubtedly make the top 25 if it were to beat Clemson on Thursday night. The Tigers are ranked No. 5 in the AP poll and No. 3 in the coaches poll.

The last time Tech played an opponent ranked that high at home was in 2009, against then-No. 4 Virginia Tech. The Jackets defeated the Hokies 28-23 on their way to the ACC championship.

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