The College Football Playoff committee placed the Virginia Tech Hokies at No. 13 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2017 season.
The committee released the playoff rankings on Tuesday, Oct. 31. There will be five more rankings – each one coming out on Tuesday until the final rankings, which will be released on Sunday, Dec. 3. Each ranking will include 25 teams, but only the Top 4 teams will make the playoffs.
At No. 13, it’s pretty safe to say Virginia Tech is flying under the radar. The Hokies are having a great season and own a 7-1 mark with four weeks remaining in the regular season. Their only loss is to Clemson, who was No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday.
More than likely, Virginia Tech missed the Top 10 because they don’t have any victories against Top 25 opponents. The Hokies beat the West Virginia in Week 1, but the Mountaineers are 5-3 and fell out of the Top 25.
However, Virginia Tech can add to its resume this weekend when they visit Miami, who came in at No. 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings. A victory down in South Florida and one would think the Hokies will find themselves inside the Top 10 next week.
Virginia Tech also has a road trip to Georgia Tech on its schedule. The Yellow Jackets are unranked, but they have some of the most excruciating losses in the country this season. They lost in double overtime to Tennessee, in the final seconds against Miami and on the road against Clemson.
Assuming they win out and capture the Coastal Division, the Hokies could also pad their resume with a victory in the ACC Championship, where they could square off against Clemson for a second time.
College Football Playoff Rankings, Oct. 31
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- Iowa State
- Mississippi State
- N.C. State
- Michigan State
- Washington State