After finding out where they ranked today in the Week 9 AP and Coaches' Polls, the Hokies received word tonight that they are ranked No. 14 in the first BCS standings of the 2013 season. That ranking is considerably higher than where the Hokies stand in the AP (16) and Coaches' (19) polls.
As Andy Bitter explains, here's how the BCS standings are comprised:
#Hokies are 19th in the two polls (Harris, coaches), which is 2/3 of BCS. Average computer ranking has them 8th, which is 1/3.— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) October 21, 2013
Certainly it's surprising to see the Hokies getting love from the computers, or at least that much, considering how long it took them to break into the polls and how slowly they've been climbing despite losses from many top-25 teams during that timeframe. It does speak to the Hokies' average quality of FBS opponent, which is actually pretty good.
Not only is Tech ranked No. 14, they are not too far behind LSU, who lost to unranked Ole Miss this weekend. The Hokies average is .4408 and the Tigers at .4552, which is not all that large of a gap, despite many being surprised the Hokies are as high as No. 14.
The ACC also has three teams in the BCS top-10, in Florida State at No. 2, Miami at No. 7 and Clemson at No. 9. the only conference to do so. With the Hokies included, the conference has four top-14 teams. You can see all the standings and each individual ranking below.
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So what does this mean for the Hokies? Well, No. 14 is certainly a favorable initial ranking. Depending on how the Florida State-Miami bout plays out, the Hokies could be going into Miami on Nov. 9 at 7-1 and playing a top-5 team. Based on how Florida State played last night, however, that would appear unlikely, though anything can happen in college football.
The benefit of this ranking is if the Hokies take care of business the rest of the way, winning out and earning a spot in the ACC Championship Game. The high initial ranking should help the Hokies be in contention for a BCS bowl even if they do not win the league title game, as was the case in 2011. A national championship appearance is unlikely, and would require a lot of things to happen, the least of which being the Hokies beating Miami on the road and a pretty impressive Florida State team (assuming they do not lose two ACC games and miss out on the title game).
But all of those hypotheticals are a ways off. All Tech can do now is to continue to take it week by week and see how high it takes them. They're one of two teams in the Coastal Division that controls their own destiny, and thanks to the BCS standings, may have another shot at a BCS bowl they wouldn't have otherwise.
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