A week ago, when the College Football Playoff selection committee released its first rankings of the season, Virginia Tech found itself ranked outside the top 10, but with plenty of opportunity for upward movement.
A week later, the Hokies’ chances of reaching the four-team semifinal have been dashed, and their drop in the rankings reflects it.
Virginia Tech is ranked No. 17 in the second CFP rankings, which were released Tuesday. There will be four more rankings released this season – each coming out on Tuesday, until the final rankings, which will be released on Sunday, Dec. 3. Each ranking will include 25 teams, but only the Top 4 teams will make the Playoff.
This week’s rankings includes two ACC teams in the Top 10. Those two teams, Clemson and Miami, happen to be the two teams to which Virginia Tech has lost this season.
At 7-2, the Hokies have handled each opponent they’ve faced this season aside from the Tigers and Hurricanes, but have been outscored by a combined 59-27 in their two losses.
Virginia Tech does not have another ranked team remaining on its schedule. Had the Hokies defeated Miami, they would have had the inside track to the ACC Coastal Division title and a likely rematch with Clemson, which would have given them a chance to play their way into the four-team Playoff field.
However, Virginia Tech’s offense couldn’t get going against the Hurricanes. Virginia Tech punted on its first four drives of the game and fell into an early 14-0 deficit. The Hokies eventually closed the gap to 14-10, but committed three of their four turnovers on the game in the second half.
The 299 total yards and 10 points were both season-lows for the Virginia Tech offense.
Next for the Hokies will be a challenging road matchup with Georgia Tech that will pit Virginia Tech’s top-rated rush defense against the Yellow Jackets’ ACC-best rushing offense. The game will kick off at 12:20 p.m.
College Football Playoff Rankings, Nov. 7
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