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AP Poll Released: ACC Thoughts

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Earlier this morning, the AP released their inaugural Top 25 poll for the season. The following ACC schools were represented in the rankings: Florida State (7), Clemson (14), and Virginia Tech (16).

UNC, Georgia Tech, and NC State received votes, but did not make the Top 25.

The following is a list of the inaugural AP Poll, complete with first place votes and overall voting points.

1 USC (25) 0-0 1445
2 Alabama (17) 0-0 1411
3 LSU (16) 0-0 1402
4 Oklahoma (1) 0-0 1286
5 Oregon 0-0 1274
6 Georgia 0-0 1107
7 Florida State 0-0 1093
8 Michigan (1) 0-0 1000
9 South Carolina 0-0 994
10 Arkansas 0-0 963
11 West Virginia 0-0 856
12 Wisconsin 0-0 838
13 Michigan State 0-0 742
14 Clemson 0-0 615
15 Texas 0-0 569
16 Virginia Tech 0-0 548
17 Nebraska 0-0 485
18 Ohio State 0-0 474
19 Oklahoma State 0-0 430
20 TCU 0-0 397
21 Stanford 0-0 383
22 Kansas State 0-0 300
23 Florida 0-0 214
24 Boise State 0-0 212
25 Louisville 0-0 10


Three thoughts on the AP poll in comparison to the USA Today Poll and how it pertains to the ACC:

-Virginia Tech was ranked 16th in the AP, 20th in the USA Today. While the four spot difference isn’t significant, it does represent a schism between the coaches and press on Frank Beamer’s squad.

-After the Big 3, there is a difference in which team the polls believe to be the fourth best squad in the ACC. The USA Today poll favors Georgia Tech, while the AP poll felt strongly about UNC.

-Ultimately, seven teams were counted among the top forty-four vote getters in the nation. Considering the perceived state of the ACC, having 16% of the votes towards their teams is significant.


Joe Giglio is the ACC and Big East football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

Joe is also the host of Charm City Sports Talk on in Baltimore and member of the Society of American Baseball Research.

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