The Virginia Tech Hokies completely destroyed North Carolina, 59-7, in Week 8, which has led to the Hokies moving up to No. 13 in the AP Top 25. That pushes 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.
Virginia Tech was ranked 21st in the preseason AP poll but moved up three spots, to No. 18, after beating West Virginia in the season opener.
Then the Hokies climbed two more spots, to No. 16, after shutting out Delaware 27-0 in their second game. After beating East Carolina 64-17 in Week 3, Fuente’s bunch jumped up another three spots, to No. 13.
Virginia Tech has moved up again, to 12th, in advance of its showdown with No. 2 Clemson but then fell four spots, to 16th, after losing 31-17 to the undefeated Tigers. But Virginia Tech has steadily ascended back up the AP Poll in the three weeks since then.
The Hokies will host Duke on Oct. 28.
2017 college football AP Top 25 after Week 8
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- N.C. State
- Washington State
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- Iowa State
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