Virginia Tech went in opposite directions in the AP and Coaches Polls released Oct. 23, but wound up in the same spot: Ranked No. 15 in the nation.
The Hokies moved up from No. 16 in the AP Poll and down from a tie for No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Coaches Poll, along with the Harris Interactive Poll that will be released later today, are components of the BCS standings, which will be released at 8:15 p.m. EDT today.
The Hokies were surprisingly ranked No. 12 in the initial BCS rankings, thanks to strong ratings in the computer polls. However, Tech will have its computer rankings hurt both this week and next by factoring in games with Boston College and Duke. Teams must be ranked in the top 14 in the BCS standings to qualify for an at-large bid for a BCS bowl.
I'm skeptical a two-loss Virginia Tech team would be in the top 14 or be legitimately considered for an at-large selection, but it's at least something to keep an eye on should the Hokies falter again.
Georgia Tech's second consecutive loss dropped it out of both polls, leaving the Hokies and Clemson as the only ranked ACC teams. The Tigers came in at No. 6 in both polls.