The Virginia Tech Hokies completely demolished North Carolina, 59-7, in Week 8, and as a result, the Hokies moved up to No. 13 in the Amway Coaches Poll. That moves them up one spot since last week.
The poll, which includes four ACC teams, was released on Sunday. Virginia Tech is ranked behind only Clemson and Miami but ahead of N.C. State in the conference.
Justin Fuente’s squad scored the first 59 points of the blowout victory versus North Carolina. The 52-point Hokies win is the largest margin of victory in the history of the Virginia Tech-North Carolina rivalry, which dates back to 1895. The Hokies are now on a 2-game winning streak since losing at home to then-No. 2 Clemson.
The Hokies have steadily climbed the rankings this season before suffering that first loss. Virginia Tech was ranked 22nd in the preseason coaches poll but moved up four spots, to No. 18, after beating West Virginia in the season opener.
Then, the Hokies climbed two spots to No. 16, after shutting out Delaware 27-0 in their second game. After beating East Carolina 64-17 in Week 3, coach Justin Fuente’s bunch jumped another three spots, to No. 13.
Virginia Tech headed into the matchup with Clemson at No. 12. After losing 31-17 to the defending champions, the Hokies fell to No. 19.
Virginia Tech will face Duke, who is coming off a loss against Pitt, next Saturday.
Amway Coaches Poll: 2017 college football Top 25 after Week 8
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- South Florida
- N.C. State
- Washington State
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- Texas A&M
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