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The USA Today Amway Coaches Poll Is Released

The 2016 Preseason USA Today Amway Coaches Poll was released on Friday.

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The start of the 2016 college football season is only a few weeks away, and that means it is time for the release of the preseason polls!  The USA Today Amway Coaches Poll consists of 62 FBS head coaches who provide their opinion of the top programs in college football every week.  A lot of familiar teams make their 2016 Coaches Poll debut.

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Oklahoma

4. Florida State

5. Ohio State

6. LSU

7. Stanford

8. Michigan

9. Notre Dame

10. Tennessee

11. Michigan State

12. Ole Miss

13. Houston

14. TCU

15. Iowa

16. Georgia

17. USC

18. Washington

19. Oklahoma State

20. UNC

21. Baylor

22. Oregon

23. Louisville

24. UCLA

25. Florida

Other ACC teams receiving votes: Miami (Florida) 120, Pittsburgh 8, Duke 3

Unfortunately the Virginia Tech Hokies have not yet been recognized in the 2016 Coaches Poll, but let's take a look at the teams making an appearance in the poll VPI will be heads up with this season.

No. 9 @ Notre Dame, November 19

No. 10  (Neutral) Tennessee, September 10

No. 20 @ North Carolina, October 8

Miami (Florida), October 20 (Thursday night game)

@Pittsburgh, October 27 (Thursday night game)

@Duke, November 5

One half of the teams Virginia Tech will face during the upcoming season appear in the 2016 preseason poll, and five of those games are being played either away or at a neutral location.  It is certainly a daunting schedule!  Which matchup, against teams appearing in the Coaches Poll, do you think will be the greatest challenge for the Hokies?