Hokies Ranked No. 16 In Preseason AP Poll

The first AP Poll was released today and the Virginia Tech Hokies were ranked No. 16, four spots higher than their first appearance in the USA Today Poll.

Other ACC teams in the rankings were Florida St. (7) and Clemson (14), while three other ACC teams (North Carolina, Georgia Tech and N.C. State) all received votes. For more on the teams in the poll and where they were ranked, follow after the jump.

Below is the preseason ACC Poll.

RANK TEAM 2011 RECORD POINTS PV
1 Southern Cal (25) 10-2 1,445 6
2 Alabama (17) 12-1 1,411 1
3 LSU (16) 13-1 1,402 2
4 Oklahoma (1) 10-3 1,286 16
5 Oregon 12-2 1,274 4
6 Georgia 10-4 1,107 19
7 Florida St. 9-4 1,093 23
8 Michigan (1) 11-2 1,000 12
9 South Carolina 11-2 994 9
10 Arkansas 11-2 963 5
11 West Virginia 10-3 856 17
12 Wisconsin 11-3 838 10
13 Michigan St. 11-3 742 11
14 Clemson 10-4 615 22
15 Texas 8-5 569 NR
16 Virginia Tech 11-3 548 21
17 Nebraska 9-4 485 24
18 Ohio St. 6-7 474 NR
19 Oklahoma St. 12-1 430 3
20 TCU 11-2 397 14
21 Stanford 11-2 383 7
22 Kansas St. 10-3 300 15
23 Florida 7-6 214 NR
24 Boise St. 12-1 212 8
25 Louisville 7-6 105 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, BYU 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Cincinnati 3, Missouri 3, N.C. State 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi St. 1, N. Illinois 1.

This is more of where I envisioned the Hokies being ranked preseason. Although they lose a lot of skill position talent and offensive linemen from a year ago, they return nine starters on defense and a quarterback that put together the best statistical season at his position in school history.

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