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Virginia Tech football: Hokies move up to No. 15 in both polls

Yes, it feels a bit early for this.

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After defeating the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 35-14 in Blacksburg on Saturday, the Virginia Tech Hokies are moving up in both polls.

In the new AP top 25, Virginia Tech moves up to No. 15. In the new coaches poll, the Hokies also move up to No. 15.

Yes, it appears a bit early to rank the Hokies this high. They’ve shown flaws in the first two weeks of the season, especially on offense, but I feel them moving up is more of a reflection of what’s going on around them.

Notre Dame struggled to beat Toledo. Miami struggled with Appalachian State. About that, can we PLEASE stop saying “The U” is back? The ‘Canes may be a better team than the Hokies right now, but saying they are back year after year has become one of the worst jokes in college football.

The Hokies are on the road for the first time in 2021 as they travel to Morgantown to face old rival West Virginia this week. While WVU isn’t an elite team, the Mountaineers are good and will present a test for the Hokies. If Tech can win that game, we will learn more about who this team is.

Virginia Tech’s offense must improve to win in Morgantown. The Hokies started slow on Saturday against MTSU but turned things on in the second half. If we look around college football and see how others struggled, the Hokies recovered nicely in the second half.

This should be a fun week. Now, all we need is good news on star tight end James Mitchell.