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.
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.
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